The University of Health Sciences (UHS) is revolutionizing medical college examinations. The Academic Council and Boards of Studies at UHS have unanimously approved a shift from traditional viva voce exams to the Objective Structured Viva Examination (OSVE) format.
This innovative approach aims to enhance the assessment process for medical students, emphasizing concept understanding and professional expression.
The Objective Structured Viva Examination (OSVE) Unveiled
During a joint meeting chaired by VC Prof Ahsan Waheed Rathore, the Academic Council and Boards of Studies at UHS introduced the Objective Structured Viva Examination (OSVE) as a new evaluation method.
OSVE has proven its effectiveness in various countries and is now set to be implemented in Pakistan.
A Circuit of ‘Stations’ for Comprehensive Assessment
OSVE stands out as a reliable method for assessing medical students. It involves a circuit of ‘stations,’ each focusing on specific learning objectives. This comprehensive approach thoroughly evaluates students’ understanding and expression of medical concepts.
12 Observed Stations for First Professional MBBS Candidates
Starting this year, the first professional MBBS candidates at UHS will undergo assessments through 12 observed stations in practical exams for each subject, following the new modular curriculum. These stations are divided into three categories:
Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE): Seven stations will assess practical skills, providing students with a hands-on learning experience.
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE): Three stations will evaluate clinical competencies, ensuring students are well-prepared for real-world medical scenarios.
Objective Structured Viva Examination (OSVE): Two stations are dedicated to OSVE, where students will showcase their understanding and professional expression.
External Examiners Ensure Impartial Assessment
External examiners will supervise each station to maintain the assessment process’s integrity. This approach ensures impartiality and fairness in evaluating students’ performance.
A Transformative Step for Medical Education
The introduction of OSVE by UHS marks a transformative step in medical education in Pakistan. By adopting innovative assessment methods, UHS aims to nurture well-rounded medical professionals who possess clinical skills and excel in conceptual understanding and effective communication.
This initiative paves the way for a brighter future in medical education and healthcare in the country.