I’ve learned a few things during the last 4 years of hosting an OSCE for each group of M3s rotating through the OBGYN Department.

Some of it has to do with learning issues, and a lot of it has to do with logistics.

What can you do?

I set up the OSCE (Objective, Structured, Clinical Examination) to test “What can you do?” This is in contrast to standardized “Shelf” exams that test “What do you know?” That’s a good theoretical distinction, but in real life, it’s not so easy to completely separate those two capabilities. I still strive to test student skills, but recognize that there will always be some component of student knowledge testing that is part of that. I’m not a purist.

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Notes from a Medical Educator