A snapshot of OSCE practices at Australian Medical Schools

Jane W Smith, Clare Heal, Karen D’Souza, Bunmi S. Malau-Aduli, Richard Turner

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Background: The Australian Collaboration for Clinical Assessment in Medicine (ACCLAIM) consortium comprises 15 out of a total of 19 medical schools in Australia. The objective of this collaboration is to provide benchmarking and
quality assurance of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) on a national basis. Summary of Work: We designed and administered a semi-structured questionnaire with the objectives of 1) providing a snapshot of current
OSCE practices across Australian Medical Schools and 2) Compare these practices with current gold standard according to guidelines. Questions explored OSCE process, anal ysis, and administration.
Summary of Results: 18 of 19 medical schools in Australia answered the questionnaire. Total number of stations varied from 9 to 16 and total OSCE testing time from 70 to 160 minutes. There was a variation in the type of marking sheet used, with an even divide between analytic and holistic checklist scales.
Discussion: There are similarities and variations in OSCE process and content in Australian Medical Schools.
Conclusion: We hope that the results of our survey will allow participating schools to compare and reflect on their current OSCE practices in relation to other medical schools in Australia, and recommended gold standard practices.
Take Home Message: Variations in the interpretation and implementation of accepted guidelines for OSCEs is inevitable, given the need to respond to local needs and limitations. Sharing of such diversity is important in order to maintain the strength of OSCE assessment and to meet the changing needs of medical education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-124
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Islamic International Medical College
Issue numberSupplement
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
EventOTTAWA ICME Conference 2018 - Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 10 Mar 201814 Mar 2018


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