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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-31

Mini-clinical evaluation exercise as a tool for formative assessment of postgraduates in psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry, Pt. B.D. Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ijabmr.IJABMR_305_20

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Context: Introduction of competency-based medical education in India has necessitated a diversion from traditional methods of teaching and assessment. Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and acceptability of mini-clinical evaluation exercise (mini-CEX) as a tool for formative assessment of postgraduates in psychiatry at our institute. Settings and Design: It was a prospective, quasi-experimental study carried out in the Department of Psychiatry, PGIMS, Rohtak (India). Materials and Methods: After obtaining written informed consent, trainees (18) were sensitized and faculty members (5) were trained to use mini-CEX and regarding the feedback process with the help of workshops. Statistical Analysis Used: Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Mean differences between the sessions were assessed using a paired sample t-test. P < 0.05 was considered as level of significance. Results: Statistically significant difference was found between session 1 and session 6 for counseling skills but not for three sessions of diagnostic skills. Mini-CEX was accepted as a better learning method by 61% of the postgraduates, 36% felt that it improved their clinical skills, 64% reported a boost in their confidence, and 89% looked forward to these encounters. Majority of the postgraduates and faculty members suggested that the mini-CEX should be regularly used in academic settings and should be introduced early in the training. Conclusions: Mini-CEX is a feasible formative assessment tool for postgraduates in psychiatry and an effective method of learning by the postgraduates, inducing a significant improvement in the counseling skills of students. Teaching faculty also accepted mini-CEX as an effective method of formative assessment.

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