Turkish Journal of Surgery

Turkish Journal of Surgery

ISSN: 2564-6850
e-ISSN: 2564-7032


Şükrü Aydın Düzgün1, Sezgin Zeren2, Zülfü Bayhan2

1Department of General Surgery, Jimer Hospital, Bursa, Turkey
2Department of General Surgery Dumlupınar University School of Medicine, Kütahya, Turkey

Keywords: Medical education, exam, clinical reasoning


Objective: The objectivity and reliability of examining methods are controversial. We subjected fourth-year medical students to a specially designed verbal exam which we called objectively structured verbal examination. We aimed to evaluate feedback from students about objectively structured verbal examination as an assessment instrument for gauging their surgical knowledge.
Material and Methods: Objectively structured verbal examination modules were developed according to the learning goals of the surgical clerkship. Upon finishing surgery rotation, the students were subjected to objectively structured verbal examination as part of their final evaluation. The students’ perception of objectively structured verbal examination was assessed by their responses to a questionnaire.
Results: Forty-two of 58 students returned filled questionnaires. Objectively structured verbal examination was accepted by 72% of the students as an objective tool, and 86% of them found it enabled unbiased evaluation. Overall, most students expressed positive feedback regarding objectively structured verbal examination.
Conclusion: The feedback received from students showed that objectively structured verbal examination is a reliable and objective method to assess their knowledge. This feedback reflects that objectively structured verbal examination merits further development and enhancement.

Cite this paper as: Düzgün ŞA, Zeren S, Bayhan Z. Objectively structured verbal examination to assess surgical clerkship education: an evaluation of students’ perception. Turk J Surg 2018; 34: 9-12.

Ethics Committee Approval

Ethics committee approval was received for this study from the ethics committee of Dumlupınar University School of Medicine.

Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Concept - S.A.D.; Design - S.A.D.; Supervision - S.A.D., S.Z., Z.B.; Resource - S.A.D., S.Z., Z.B.; Materials - S.A.D., S.Z., Z.B.; Data Collection and/or Processing - S.A.D., S.Z., Z.B.; Analysis and/or Interpretation - S.A.D., S.Z., Z.B.; Literature Search - S.A.D.; Writing Manuscript - S.A.D.; Critical Reviews - S.Z., Z.B.

Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

Financial Disclosure

The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.


We thanks to our students for their enrolling the study and valuable contributions during the planning and development of this work.