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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 374-378

How to conduct medical viva

Department of Respiratory Medicine, AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Vishnu Sharma Moleyar
Department of Respiratory Medicine, AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore - 575 004, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.MJDRDYPU_171_17

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Medical viva is oral form of assessment of medical students. Viva helps to assess the competencies such as communication skills and professional attitudes which are essential to a medical graduate. Viva test delineates the limit of a candidate's knowledge and understanding of a particular subject/topic being tested. Viva should be conducted fairly, should be reliable, and free from any form of bias. Structured viva examination is better and more realistic to fulfill these criteria than traditional viva examination. Viva can be structured using viva cards. Trained and experienced examiners are a must for the proper conduct of viva.

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