Moving the OSCE Online - Our Experience in the University of Navarra. Comparison of Results and Student Impressions with Conventional OSCEs. (1090-004143) (Research Abstract Professor Rounds: Group 5)
Start time: Friday, January 29, 2021, 10:00 AM End time: Friday, January 29, 2021, 11:00 AM Session Type: Research Abstracts (Completed Studies)
There has been little to no experience with whether a virtual OS E can effectively measure the skills and knowledge of the students in comparison with a conventional, in person OSCE. Moreover, OSCEs in our medical school include a technical skills station and we didn´t know whether there was a way to effectively and accurately measure those skills through an only-online test.
We compared results and and student´s impressions from 2019 (conventional) and 2020 (virtual) OSCEs, as a whole and in four different categories: SP, technical skill testing, clinical scenarios, and database search.
Overall and between groups grades were similar between both groups, as was the perception of difficulty and level of stress associated to taking the OSCE. From the educator point of view, the technical skills section was not considered equal to last year in terms of efficiency testing skills, but a "good enough" rule was applied. We did not experience significant technical problems while testing 200 students in the same time frame. Three educators and two technicians were permanently online during the OSCE and attended a total of 7 technical requests, while 2 students had to complete their tests online via videoconference with the educator due to connectivity problems due to the university security setup.
OSCEs testing solely SP and clinical case management will probably have a similar efficacy online, but testing clinical skills requires a different setup and technological capabilities.