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AGU Shares its Experience in Remotely Applying OSCEs with King Abdulaziz University

: Dr Mohammed Hani, Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), recently presented the University's College of Medicine and Medical Science (CMMS) experience in remotely applying the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for the final year class, which was successfully completed in the last academic year.

This came during a webinar that was recently held in response to the invitation of the Dean of the College of Pharmacy at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia Dr Hani bin Zakaria Asfour.

AGU's CMMS was one of  the first colleges in the world to successfully remotely apply OBSEs, as part of its quick response to the repercussions of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on educational institutions.

The University formed a working group led by CMMS Dean Dr Abdelhalim Deifalla and Deputy Dean for Clinical Affairs Dr Mona Arekat to work in coordination with the clinical departments to hold the first remote OSCEs with the optimal use of human resources and technological capabilities available at the University to achieve the objectives of clinical evaluation.

The team has published several international researches to document this unique experience that has achieved wide success at the level of accredited prestigious universities.

Dr Hani reviewed various methods that can be utilised to remotely assess clinical skills amidst the Covid-19 pandemic in the webinar, which was attended by a number of faculty members of the College of Pharmacy at King Abdulaziz University, as well as participants from several universities and medical colleges in the countries of the region who are interested in benefiting from AGU's experience.

Additionally, Dr Hani also presented the College's experience in the past academic year with a focus on the most important elements of success and lessons learned from this experience.

Dr Hani shared an initial evaluation of this experience with the attendees, who expressed their admiration for the successful experience of CMMS and their willingness to repeat the strengths of the experiment in light of the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and amidst the health conditions that prevent the holding of clinical examinations in its traditional form to ensure the safety of students and examinees.