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Critical Analysis of Performance of MBBS Students Using OSPE & TDPE - A Comparative Study

Author:Richa Nigam, Priyanka Mahawar

Keywords:OSPE, TDPE

Type:Original Article

Abstract:Numerous attempts are made to improve the reliability and validity of exams especially those used to assess medical skills and clinical competence. Present study was undertaken to compare the two methods of evaluation in examinations: OSPE and the TDPE (Traditional Practical Examination).Mean marks obtained by students in examinations conducted on basis of OSPE and TDPE were compared using students-t test. The p values obtained were < 0.0001 (highly significant in all the 3 PCTs conducted. Thus structured nature of the spotting was actually responsible for the better performance of the students in tests.