Author(s): Dr. Samer Kasabah, Dr. P Sridhar Reddy.
OSCE (objective structured clinical examination), one of the standardized clinical assessment techniques, is widely implemented in medical and dental education in European countries. In Saudi Arabia, OSCE alertness is expanding, and a few tentative attempts have been made in its execution. This article describes the experience by using an experimental study of OSCE for formative assessment of dental diagnostic and surgical skills. Apart from our experience in OSCEs, the other purpose was to study their validity, objectivity, feasibility, acceptability to students and faculty, and impact on student performance. The result showed that the OSCE was able to test clinical judgment and skills and is a better method for evaluation. Although the students reported that it was well organized and that the time allocated for each station was appropriate. The dental students perceived that the OSCE was a suitable method to test surgical clinical judgment and skills. Keywords: Assessment, Education, Formative, OSCE, Validity