Background: Case presentation assessment is common in both medicine and dentistry and is known under various names depending on the country and institution. It relates mainly to aspects of diagnosis and treatment planning and is considered highly authentic and useful. The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the movement of this assessment from face-to-face to online. The aim of this investigation was to explore the students’ impressions of the two different examination modalities. With this information, a decision on future diets of this examination can be made to accommodate the students’ perspectives. Methods: Quantitative and qualitative data were gathered using an online, self-administered survey. Results: The students were split 50/50 regarding which assessment modality they preferred. Overall, they considered the online examination to be fair, and the majority agreed that the online format allowed them to display their knowledge as well as face-to-face. Conclusions: The delivery of case presentation examination is possible online. An online case presentation is a fair, useful, and authentic assessment that is appropriate to the needs of the faculty and students. Satisfaction with the two possible methods of conducting this assessment suggests it would be reasonable to conduct this examination online in the future.


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Donn, J., Scott, J., Binnie, V., Naudi, K., Forbes, C. & Bell, A. 2023, 'Adaptation to virtual assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic: clinical case presentation examination', Dentistry Journal, 11(2), article no: 45. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj11020045

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