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