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Undertaking a high stakes virtual OSCE (“VOSCE”) during Covid-19

Blythe, J; Patel, NSA; Spiring, W; Easton, G; Evans, D; Meskevicius-Sadler, E; Noshib, H; (2021) Undertaking a high stakes virtual OSCE (“VOSCE”) during Covid-19. BMC Medical Education , 21 (1) , Article 221. 10.1186/s12909-021-02660-5. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: The Covid pandemic and associated lockdown forced medical schools globally not only to deliver emergency remote teaching, but to consider alternative methods of high stakes assessment. Here we outline our approach to the resit virtual OSCE (“VOSCE”) for final year medical students that we undertook during “lockdown” in the current pandemic. Methods: The original ‘pre Covid’ examination blueprint was reviewed and modified for the virtual environment in both format and content. In anticipation of the new format delivery, a number of pre-training sessions took place for all parties, and standardised templates were developed. Results: A total of 9 students undertook the VOSCE, which took the form of a two-part exam (a communication and clinical examination component, and a practical procedures component). The VOSCE was completed by all students, examiners, simulated patients and invigilators on an online digital platform with no issues with regards to technical problems. Conclusions: A total of 6 students passed the VOSCE and as such progressed to graduation. The limitation of assessing some particular types of skills across the remote format (such as practical procedures) was recognised. The training and the templates developed were helpful in case the VOSCE format needs to be adopted in future at short notice and/or expanded in future.

Type: Article
Title: Undertaking a high stakes virtual OSCE (“VOSCE”) during Covid-19
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s12909-021-02660-5
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-021-02660-5
Language: English
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Keywords: Assessment, Medical students, OSCE, Remote, Virtual, Academic Performance, COVID-19, Clinical Competence, Communicable Disease Control, Education, Distance, Humans, Pandemics, Students, Medical
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10182308
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