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Introducing Multimodal Objective Structured Practical Exam (OSPE) to Assess Anatomy Competency, and to Improve Student’s Ability in Medical Imaging Practice
Poster Title: Introducing Multimodal Objective Structured Practical Exam (OSPE) to Assess Anatomy Competency, and to Improve Student’s Ability in Medical Imaging Practice
Submitted on 16 Dec 2022
Author(s): Dr. Aziz JN, Dr. Thorogood J, Yang L.
Affiliations: School of Health Care and Social Practice, Medica Imaging, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, NZ
This poster was presented at The Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists, ANZACA2022, December from 7th-9th at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
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Abstract: Introduction
An essential part of medical imaging education is based on learning the student’s skills needed in their practice. Teaching anatomy to medical imaging students focuses on building a three-dimensional picture to examine and comprehend CT images. OSPE is an assessment tool to enhance competence at all medical education levels. This study was designed to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of OSPE as an assessment tool for medical imaging students.

Materials and methods
Seventy students were included in this study; 32 from 1st year and 38 from 2nd year. In OSPE model 1, students were given ten short case scenarios and asked to identify 5-8 structures on CT images related to each case. In OSPE model 2, students were rotated through ten stations. Students had to identify four structures on the anatomical models at each station and correlate them with the corresponding radiographic images. The students were given an anonymous questionnaire to complete at the end of the exam.

Most students (89%) strongly agreed that the OSPE improved their anatomy learning ability and understanding of practical skills more effectively. Also, most students (82%) emphasised that OSPE is a well-organised assessment tool. Moreover, 90 % strongly agreed that OSPE was well structured, relevant and uniform, and 88% strongly agreed that OSPE was consistent with the learning objectives of the course contents.

OSPE is a feasible and reliable assessment tool in anatomy to medical imaging. By implementing OSPE, we have effectively improved the student’s practical skills in future practice.

Summary: OSPE is a specified set of tasks that objectively assesses what students can do in a structured pattern under direct observation and is able to evaluate students' capability. OSPE evaluates "shows how" by assessing specific skills' performance in a controlled setting.
Our study shows that OSPE is a practical assessment tool to evaluate medical imaging students’ anatomy knowledge effectively.
By implementing OSPE, we have effectively improved the student practical skills in future medical
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