Faculty of Medicine of Universitas Gadjah Mada is appointed as the Center for National Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Testing. The Faculty is successfully elected as one of 12 centers of National OSCE Testing after competing with 59 other Faculties of Medicine in Indonesia.
"This year, Joint Committee Team of National Competence Examination for Indonesian Health Professional (KB UKDI) of Higher Education Directorate appointed UGM Faculty of Medicine as one of 12 centers of National OSCE Testing. The appointment is based on the results of the assessment of KB UKDI team after visiting 60 Faculties of Medicine throughout Indonesia. In this case the UGM’s Faculty obtained the highest score in the assessment, making it a center of excellence of National OSCE," Laboratory Skills Coordinator of UGM Faculty of Medicine, dr. Bambang Djarwoto, Sp. PD, said to reporters on Thursday (27/10) on campus.
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is part of the assessment system. The purpose of OSCE is to assess competency and clinical skills of students objectively and structurally. In 2013, the National OSCE will begin to be applied as one of the requirements to become a doctor.
Bambang explained, the superiority of OSCE lies in the validity, reliability, real and interesting clinical setting. Besides a variety of clinical skills, competence of doctors can be tested in a relatively short time and standard of competence setting can be determined objectively. Further, variations of the patient and the examiner can be reduced and OSCE format is flexible. "With the OSCE, direct observation of each student is more structured, planned and feasible," he added.
Bambang further delivered on 22 & July 23, 2011 and for the first time the Faculty became the training place of 1st Phase National OSCE Testing. The training was attended by the examiners from UGM Faculty of Medicine and others. There were 12 teams of examiners previously appointed by the Higher Education Directorate, which later became the centers of National OSCE Testing.
Other universities appointed as National OSCE are University of North Sumatra (Medan), Andalas University (Padang), University of Indonesia (Jakarta), Yarsi University (Jakarta), Maranata University (Bandung), Padjadjaran University (Bandung), Diponegoro University (Semarang), Brawijaya University (Malang), Airlangga University (Surabaya), Hasanudin University (Makasar), and Udayana University (Denpasar).
Bambang added that the 2nd phase of National OSCE Testing has been carried out simultaneously by 12 centers of National OSCE Testing on 14-15 October. Meanwhile, the 3rd phase will be implemented in January 2012 in more centers. "Those centers will represent each area appointed by the Higher Education Directorate. In Indonesia alone it takes more than 40 centers to accommodate all of doctor graduates. With the competence examination, it is expected that the quality of Indonesian doctor graduates will achieve the mandate of the law," Bambang said.