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Research Article

Dental Students Perception And Attitude Towards Their First Exit Objective Structured Clinical Examination

Garoushi SK1*, Taher SM2 and Al-Tawaty AI3

1Department of Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology, Institute of Dentistry, Libyan International Medical University, Benghazi, Libya

2Department of Oral Medicine, Surgery and Diagnosis, Institute of Dentistry, Libyan International Medical University, Benghazi, Libya

3Medical Education Unit, Libyan International Medical University, Benghazi, Libya

*Corresponding Author:
Sufyan K Garoushi, BDS, PhD
Docent, Department of Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology
Institute of Dentistry, Libyan International Medical University, Benghazi, Libya
Tel: +218 923967435
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: May 07, 2014; Accepted date: June 18, 2014; Published date: June 20, 2014

Citation: Garoushi SK, Taher SM, Al-Tawaty AI (2014) Dental Students Perception and Attitude Towards their First Exit Objective Structured Clinical Examination. Dentistry 4:243. doi: 10.4172/2161-1122.1000243

Copyright: © 2014 Garoushi SK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Aim was to assess students’ perceptions and attitudes towards having their first summative (OSCE) at the dental school of the Libyan International Medical University, Libya. A 14 item questionnaire used in previous publications was adapted to assess 5th year students’ responses. Twenty four students filled the questionnaire immediately after sitting OSCE examination. The questionnaire was administered to the same group of students on 3 study blocks. A 5 point Likert scale was used for rating. The OSCE consisted of total 72 stations. The responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The Cronbach’s alpha index of the questionnaire was 0.92 and the mean score of all items was 3.03 (SD 0.09) with a range from 1 to 4. The mean of scores assessed by students regarding the exam easiness was low (2.5). Students score for the adequacy of the stations number and the stations time was 3.3. Based on the evaluations of questionnaires, it could be concluded that our students neutrally evaluated their first experience with OSCE. However, most students perceived it as a difficult method of assessment. Writing stations induced less anxiety than immediately scored ones.


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