Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Real people posing as patients (standardized patients) help students practice their assessment skills.

During Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), students are asked to perform a particular task (e.g. take a history of a patient’s illness) and are observed by a fourth year medical student or faculty member.

OSCEs assess the student’s interactive skills with patients.

Topics include:

First year

  • Demonstrate communication skills which foster the development of an effective physician-patient relationship.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the family system in health and illness.
  • Discuss the fundamental legal and ethical bases for the concepts of confidentiality and informed consent and correctly apply these concepts in patient care situations.

Sophomore year

  • Correctly perform and document a complete history and physical examination, including the identification of common abnormalities, in pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients.
  • Demonstrate effective techniques for educating patients and for maximizing adherence with treatment recommendations.
  • Consider occupational and environmental health issues in the care of patients.

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