Publication in the European Journal of Dental Education

Congratulations go to Dr Rosa Moreno López for her work published in the European Journal of Dental Education entitled "Can borderline regression method be used to standard set OSCEs in small cohorts?".

This is the culmination of a year’s work on the topic of setting the standard of practical exams for healthcare programmes for cohorts  smaller than 50 students. This collaborative research was conducted by Dr López and Dr Hope from the University of Edinburgh, and looked into alternative standard setting methods that aligned with the outcome of the Borderline Regression Method (BRM) in larger cohorts. BRM is considered a valid method in normally distributed datasets typical of large cohorts of students (the minimum being considered 50 by previous studies done on this topic). In this study, López et al concluded that BRM is an acceptable replacement to Modified Angoff where data are normally distributed (regardless of sample size), the stations are well-designed and examiners well trained in the use of the full range of scores available.

Dr Lopez is Education Lead for the Institute of Dentistry and Research Group Lead for Assessment.  To find out more about Dr Lopez's research insterests please visit her online profile by following the link: Dr Rosa Moreno Lopez | People | The University of Aberdeen (abdn.ac.uk) 

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