PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION: Virtual OSCE: Experience and challenges with a large cohort of pharmacy students

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https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.2332

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COVID-19, Education, Pharmacy undergraduate, Virtual OSCE

Abstract

In response to the inability to conduct conventional face-to-face objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) due to the COVID-19 lockdown, this study explored options to design virtual OSCE (vOSCE) that meets the objectives and standards of effective competency-based assessment for a large cohort of pharmacy students. The vOSCE required advanced planning of the actual assessment and technical conduct. The development of a master plan consisting of the types of competencies to test, topics and number of cases, and assessment rubrics, guided the team members to develop an adequate OSCE assessment module. Technical aspects included recruitment of examiners, simulated patients (SP), technical support, and a platform for vOSCE. The main challenges were to ensure well-ordered vOSCE and a stable internet connection for examiners, SP, and students. Google Meet was utilised due to its functionality, familiarity, and low internet consumption to all parties involved. Feedback was obtained from stakeholders to improve future OSCE conduct.

Author Biographies

Hanis Hanum Zulkifly, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy

Izzati Abdul Halim Zaki, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy

Mahmathi Karuppannan, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy

Zakiah Mohd Noordin, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy

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2022-01-01

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Zulkifly, H. H. ., Zaki, I. A. H. ., Karuppannan, M. ., & Mohd Noordin, Z. (2022). PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION: Virtual OSCE: Experience and challenges with a large cohort of pharmacy students. Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 23–32. https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.2332

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