Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 2.3 (June 2017)

Page No.: 3976-3982

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2017.233


Rokade Shrikant A, Kate Deepali R *.

Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College and Sassoon Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Correspondence Author: Dr Kate Deepali  R, Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College and Sassoon Hospitals, Pune, Maharashtra, India.E-Mail: drd.kate@gmail.com


Introduction: Assessment methods of students undertaking medical curriculum has always remained debatable. There are continuous attempts to make assessment more objective and reliable. There has been a shift in the paradigm, where traditional methods such as essay type questions are giving way to newer objective methods in the form of multiple choice questions and short answer questions. The pre clinical undergraduate students are still being assessed in Human Anatomy using the Conventional Viva Examination (CVE) technique in most of the medical schools in India posing risk of examiner bias, non uniformity and variable difficulty level which affects validity and reliability. With this background a need felt to introduce Objective Structured Viva Examination (OSVE), an analogue of Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE).

Aim and Objectives: To evaluate Objective Structured Viva Examination versus Conventional Viva as an assessment tool for the undergraduate medical students in Human Anatomy and to study students’ and faculty perception regarding both these assessment methods.

Materials and Methods: Fifty two undergraduate students were assessed by CVE followed by OSVE as a part of their formative examination. Student’s feedback was obtained using five point Likert scale to assess their perception about both the assessment methods. Students’ performance and responses were analysed using SPSS.

Result and Conclusion: Students average scores in OSVE were significantly higher than CVE. OSVE was found to be highly sensitive but less specific. OSVE emerged as a better tool in terms of assessment as well as from the student’s point of view.

KEY WORDS:  Human Anatomy, Conventional viva, Objective Structured Viva Examination, Assessment, Viva voce.


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Cite this article: Rokade Shrikant A, Kate Deepali R. STRUCTURING THE UNSTRUCTURED: NEW DIMENSION IN VIVA ASSESSMENT FOR ANATOMY. Int J Anat Res 2017;5(2.3):3976-3982. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2017.233