Organizing OSCEs (and other SP exercises) in ten steps

Elizabeth Krajic Kachur, Sondra Zabar, Kathleen Hanley, Adina Kalet, Julia Hyland Bruno, Colleen C. Gillespie

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Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and other SP projects can be a major undertaking, and as with most other educational projects, collaboration within and across specialties, even across disciplines can only enrich the process. While it is necessary to have strong leaders who believe in the bene fi ts of such comprehensive assessment programs, many other individuals are needed for adequate planning, preparation, and implementation. Table 2.1 details the different roles that OSCEs typically require. Some people may be able to hold multiple roles (e.g., SP and rater) and some roles may be shared among several individuals (e.g., co-leadership). There will be a need for a “core team” (e.g., OSCE committee) that is responsible for planning and development in advance of the OSCE dates. Participating in such a team provides an opportunity to engage young, upcoming, enthusiastic faculty. Others may be involved only in the implementation phase of the OSCE (e.g., raters). Regularly scheduled meetings can help the committee become more established. After the actual OSCE, the group can work on data interpretation and dissemination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationObjective Structured Clinical Examinations
Subtitle of host publication10 Steps to Planning and Implementing OSCEs and Other Standardized Patient Exercises
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781461437499
ISBN (Print)9781461437482
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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