Using TOSCE (Team Objective Structured Clinical Examination) in the Second National Medical Sciences Olympiad in Iran

Mitra Amini, Mohsen Moghadami, Javad Kojuri, Hamidreza Abbasi, Ali Arhami Doolat Abadi, Nezar Ali Molaee, Elham Pishbin, Hamid Reza Javadzade, Vahid Monsef Kasmaee, Hasan Vakili, Mohamad Ali Reis Sadat, Roghaye Akbari, Bita Omidvar, Afshin Shafaghi, Alireza Monajemi, Kamran Soltani Arabshahi, Peyman Adibi


  • Introduction: Second National Medical Sciences Olympiad was done in Shiraz in August 2010 with aim of indentifying scientifically talented individuals, motivating students and orienting extracurricular activities. This Olympiad was done in 3 areas, basic sciences, clinical sciences and management. In clinical sciences, we used TOSCE (Team Objective Structured Clinical Examination). In this article we report the details of this exam and participants' satisfaction.
  • Materials and Methods: This Olympiad in Clinical Medical Sciences was held in 2 levels: Individual and team. In the team stage, 9 teams from 9 universities participated. We used TOSCE for measuring clinical competency of teams. Each team consisted of 3 students. We designed 12 stations based on emergency medicine in medical and surgical fields. The time considered for each station was 15 min, after doing this exam the view of students was measured using a valid and reliable questionnaire.
  • Results: Most of the students believed that TOSCE was a useful examination for measuring competency. More than 50% of students reported that success in this exam needs clinical competency, team work and problem solving ability. Nearly, half (48.1%) of students believed that 15 min is not enough for each station and they need more time.
  • Conclusion: The results of this study showed that this kind of exam is useful for measuring clinical competency from students' viewpoint.
  • Keywords: Medical students, Olympiad, TOSCE

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