Background: The mini-clinical evaluation exercise
(mini-CEX) is one of latest workplace based (WBA) assessment tool. This WBA
tool is often used to assess overall clinical performance of residents. The
unique feature of mini-CEX tool is that conduct sessions are followed by
Aim: The objective of this quasi-experimental
study was to find out the effectiveness of mini-CEX as assessment tool for
postgraduate orthodontic trainees.
Methods: The present study was conducted at
orthodontic department of FMU/PMC, Faisalabad and de’Mont, Lahore. Total 10
postgraduate trainees participated in this study after informed consent. The
initial session was conducted for sensitizing trainees about mini-CEX. Each
resident had 2 clinical sessions with all the experts to perform a mini-CEX
orthodontic exercise which was followed by 5 minutes structured feedback by
same faculty members.
Results: The mini-CEX exercise sessions were followed
by feedbacks from patients, trainees and experts. The result of the study showed that mean
evaluation scores of all the residents improved significantly in the later
session as compared to the initial session. The results were significantly
different when session 1 vs session 2 mean scores of mini-CEX were compared (P
value = 0.001). The multisource feedback showed that patients, assessors and
trainees perceived this mini-CEX exercise helpful and effective.
Conclusion: Therefore it was concluded that mini-CEX is
of the effective assessment tool of WBA for postgraduate orthodontic
Keywords: Mini-CEX; Mini Clinical
Evaluation Exercise; Medical Education; Orthodontics; Assessment.