The Objective Structured Clinical Examination, or OSCE for short, is an examination held to assess medical students’ clinical skills through stations in a set amount of time. This exam is held by the Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia at the end of every academic year. Hence, a facility for preclinical medical students, especially those in their second and third year, to learn and practice their clinical skills before the exam is needed. As such, SCOME CIMSA UI held two OSCE trainings, one on November 28th 2020, and one on December 5th 2020.
The Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia has not ended, and this situation forces SCOME CIMSA UI to, once again, hold an online OSCE training. Reflecting from the previous online OSCE training held back in April and May, the pandemic did not stop SCOME CIMSA UI from carrying out an OSCE training. An OSCE training could be held through the utilisation of online video conference platforms. Although the interactions between the facilitator and participants were limited and some trainings that require the use special equipment could not be done, this online method seemed to be more flexible and made it easier to find a suitable time.
This time, OSCE training was held for medical students in their third and fourth year, because both batch has not passed the OSCE exam as it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Before the training, facilitators for the training was contacted and asked for willingness to share their knowledge and experience on medical skills and OSCE. Then, the presence of participants were recapped. A moderator and time keeper ensured that the trainings run smoothly and on time.
The first training, held on November 28th 2020, was about physical examination of the heart, ECG interpretation, and heart sounds for fourth year medical students, and physical examination of the heart for third year medical students. These two trainings were done at the same time with the breakout room feature in the application “ZOOM”. The session was started with prayer and pre-test. Then, the facilitators explained the materials, followed by a questions and answers session, and finally, the post-test and questionnaire of satisfaction are filled in by the participants. The session was closed with prayer and a photo session. The second training followed more or less the same procedure, but with different topics, which were prescription writing for fourth years and anaesthesia, intravenous injection, intramuscular injection, and venous cannulation for third years. Although there were some shortcomings and limitations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, SCOME CIMSA UI hopes that this training can help third and fourth year medical students of Universitas Indonesia in facing the exam later on.