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RMJ. 2010; 35(1): 78-81

New experience with objective structured clinical examination in Jordan

Ahmad AL Omari, Zuhair M. Shawagfa.

To evaluate use of objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) in Jordanian medical
schools for the first time to compare this with classical clinical examinations.
A questionnaire was distributed to all final year medical students at Jordan University of
Science and Technology (JUST) and Muta University who sat for the OSCE in medicine. The
questionnaire consisted of 2 sets of questions, the first one was about OSCE and the second
about students rating of three assessment formats. The questionnaire was approved by the
ethical committees of both JUST and Muta universities
Out of 272 partipants, 234 (86%) completed the questionnaire and 72% felt that the
examination was fair and 97% agreed that it was comprehensive. In comparison to the other
formats, only 12% of participants considered the examination as difficult in contrast to 68%
who rated the conventional clinical examination as difficult.
OSCE was rated fair and comprehensive means of evaluation. There is need for making the
test reliable and appropriate for evaluating resident doctors. (Rawal Med J 2010;35: ).

Key words: OSCE, Jordan, Royal Medical Services.

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