Exam time again!

The TORT Centre today was the venue for written exams for 2014-2015. Twenty-six students studying on five different courses sat their exams simultaneously in the gait laboratory of the Institute of Motion Analysis and Research (IMAR).

  • Intercalated BMSc (7 students)
  • MCh (Orth) - Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (12 students)
  • MPhil with Specialism in Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology (1 student)
  • MSc in Motion Analysis (2 students)
  • Science without Borders BMSc (4 students)

Exams took the form of a combination of MCQ and written papers with the majority of questions being answered entirely using iPad technology implementing e-assessment methods, which allow for instant marking of papers and immediate analysis and feedback of results. The Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery runs these exams entirely in-house and supplies each student with an iPad. Professor Abboud and his team initiated this form of examination in 2013 which is slowly being adopted and adapted by the Medical School for other courses.

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VIVA exams followed for MCh (Orth) and BMSc courses on Friday 29 May and Monday 1 June respectively. On Saturday 30 May the objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE) took place in the TORT Centre for the MCh (Orth) degree. The Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery has been running OSCE for over 20 years and this takes the form of 12 exam stations each lasting 10 minutes covering all aspects of orthopaedic surgery, biomechanics and rehabilitation technology. Students are examined by an invited visiting Faculty of specialists from the world of orthopaedics.

Mrs Lesley Lindsay (MEI Postgraduate Manager) was on hand during exams and stated:

"I was highly impressed with the organisation and the smooth running of the whole examination process at the TORT Centre. It is testament to the staff and students that five different exams ran concurrently without any problems."