Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

The OSCE is an assessment method that is geared to assess competencies related to communication, clinical reasoning, clinical examination, performance of procedures, analytic skills, and other health-related competencies. An OSCE usually comprises a circuit of short (5 – 10 minute) stations, where each student is examined by one or two examiner(s) on either real or standardized patients (trained actors).

  • OSCEs measure several dimensions of clinical competence, e.g. history taking, physical examination, interpersonal/communication skills, professionalism, problem solving, decision making, management, documentation, and technical skills
  • 6-16 timed stations (usually 10 minutes each) through which students rotate and physician examiners assess performance and skills in the relevant competency domains
  • Suitable for “Knows How” and “Shows”.
  • Focuses on competencies in the Medical Expert, Communicator, and Professional roles


Dr. Amita Modi, OSCE Assessment Lead