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An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) for French dental students: Feedback after 2 years

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Abstract

The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is a practical examination that provides a standardized assessment of clinical competence. The aim of this study is to evaluate the objectivity and the reliability of an OSCE in dentistry. To this end, a retrospective monocentric observational study was conducted at the Faculty of Dentistry of Nancy by analyzing the exam results of 81 students. The study population consisted of the fifth-year students. The examination was broken down into six stations which were doubled, and different juries of examiners were constituted (installed in different rooms) according to the same composition. The p-value was set at 0.05. We found an equivalence of the results between the different rooms on the global mean score obtained at the six stations (p = 0.021). In terms of gender, women have statistically significantly higher overall scores than men (p = 0.001). The evaluation of a difference in the scores between full-time and part-time teachers does not find any statistically significant difference or equivalence in the station where it was possible to realize the comparison. However, the students’ waiting time before the exam seems to negatively influence the results. Compared with other international OSCE studies, the results presented seemed sufficiently objective and reliable, although some adjustments are still necessary.

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hal-03464234 , version 1 (03-12-2021)

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Claire Egloff-Juras, Pierre Hirtz, Amandine Luc, Anne-Sophie Vaillant-Corroy. An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) for French dental students: Feedback after 2 years. Dentistry Journal, 2021, 9 (11), pp.136. ⟨10.3390/dj9110136⟩. ⟨hal-03464234⟩
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