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

Pei Se, Wong, Tumkur, Anil, Shanmugham, Suresh , Chong, David, Ingle, Pravinkumar and Ahmed, Syed Imran (2021) Implementing remote pharmacy objective structured clinical examination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pharmacy Education, 20 . pp. 221-225. ISSN 1477-2701

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2020.202.221225

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Abstract

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.

Keywords:OSCE; Remote Access; Online Teaching COVID-19; Pandemic; Pharmacy Students
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B230 Pharmacy
Divisions:College of Science > School of Pharmacy
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Deposited On:29 Mar 2021 09:26

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