“Evaluation of Final BDS students using mini-CEX for assessing the clinical skills in Oral Medicine”

Vidya Lohe, Alka Hande, Rahul Bhowate, Suwarna Dangore, Ravikant Sune


Mini-CEX is an assessment approach which focuses on trainees’ encounters with a variety of real patient issues, in there, routine clinical practice.

60 mini-CEX encounters were carried out involving 15 Final BDS students. They took focused history, performed clinical examination of submandibular lymph node on a patient with apical periodontitis with mandibular first molar. This was done during their clinical posting of Oral Medicine. Four assessors observed students, rated the performance, by scoring trainee on a structured form and provided an immediate feedback. Efficacy of mini-CEX method was rated on a 9-point scale. Perception of all participants and assessors regarding mini-CEX method of evaluation was taken.

The mean scores of all the 15 students from 1st to 4th encounters given by assessors were 4.20 +_0.67, 5.20+_0.56, 7.06+_0.59 and 8.60+_0.50 respectively. The comparison of mean score of all the 15 students between 1st encounter - 2nd encounter, 1st encounter - 3rd encounter, 1st encounter - 4th encounter, 2nd encounter - 3rd encounter, 2nd encounter - 4th encounter and 3rd encounter - 4th encounter given by assessors was statistically significant (p<0.05).Perception of students revealed that all students appreciated this style

Although mini-CEX is an appropriate assessment tool which observes seven competencies of undergraduate students at work place more profoundly and in much broader sense, it is a prime requirement of a competent postgraduate. This method is comparatively apt for postgraduate student because it is practically difficult to conduct routinely for undergraduates.


Keywords: Mini CEX, Oral Medicine, Final BDS

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