RESEARCH ARTICLE: Implementing remote pharmacy objective structured clinical examination during the COVID-19 pandemic




OSCE, Remote Access, Online Teaching, COVID-19 Pandemic, Pharmacy Students


Objective: This paper describes the development and feasibility evaluation of a formative remote objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) for second-year students in a four-year Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.) honours programme.

Methods. A five- station remote formative OSCE was developed and implemented using Microsoft Teams. The authors used a post-OSCE evaluation, in combination with the results of a students’ survey and comprehensive feedback from faculty.

Results: A total of seventy second-year B.Pharm. (Hons.) students participated in the online OSCE. Based on the post-OSCE evaluation, about 80% of students agreed that the OSCE ran smoothly. Respondents agreement on the time allocated to complete each station varied between 63.6% and 81.8%. Time allocation for each station and internet connectivity were raised as the main concerns by both the students and the faculty.

Conclusion: A remote online OSCE is a feasible strategy for assessment of various skills based on different tasks, reflecting the scope of practice for future pharmacists, and offers a promising direction towards the assessment of such practical skills. Online OSCE planning, development and evaluation are in themselves useful for clarifying assessment goals, processes, hindrances, and affordances

Author Biographies

Wong Pei Se, International Medical University, Malaysia

School of Pharmacy

Anil Tumkur, International Medical University, Malaysia

School of Pharmacy

Suresh Shanmugham, International Medical University, Malaysia

School of Pharmacy

David Chong, International Medical University, Malaysia

School of Pharmacy

Syed Imran Ahmed, International Medical University, Malaysia

School of Pharmacy


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COVID-19 Research Paper