Clinical assessment during a global pandemic – transitioning to a COVID Safe hybrid OSCE

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Int J Osteopath Med. 2021 Oct 15. doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2021.10.004. Online ahead of print.


Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) are often used to assess the clinical competence of students in preprofessional osteopathy training. During the COVID-19 global pandemic, the final year OSCE in the (University name) osteopathy program was redeveloped leveraging online technologies within COVID-19 guidelines such as hygiene and occupancy limitations. Final year osteopathy students were assessed using a hybrid ten station OSCE, comprising both online and face-to-face components. The examination was led by a pre-recorded narrated PowerPoint video. The video contained instructions, case information for five cases and prompts for the practical stations. A student model stepped into the room as needed for practical stations. The examiner assessed students from another room via video streaming, with no interaction with student. The hybrid OSCE was conducted safely during Stage 4 restrictions adhering to COVID Safe guidelines, allowing robust competency assessment of final year students, enabling timely graduation and transition to practice. Institutional support, technology infrastructure, clear communication and stakeholder collaboration are key to successful implementation. The hybrid OSCE format offers a potential solution for institutions delivering high-stakes assessment in the continuing challenges of clinical assessment in the post COVID landscape. Adopting hybrid assessment formats may facilitate remote assessment of students in clinical placements.

PMID:34671414 | PMC:PMC8516654 | DOI:10.1016/j.ijosm.2021.10.004