This is an example of an OSCE module that I thought would work well, but it didn’t.
The module suffered from over-reach, both in terms of the students’ capabilities, and also the application of simulation. Let me tell you about it.
I had been serving as one of the faculty at the M3 OSCE at a neighboring medical school, and one of the OB modules impressed me. A student entered the exam room and performed a routine OB visit on a live patient at 30 weeks. The visit was viewed remotely by faculty and graded by them.
Everything with the patient was normal, except for a size/date discrepancy of about 5 weeks. The student was then expected to counsel the patient about the significance of this and outline a plan for dealing with the problem.
My OSCE module was based on that experience, but changed to reflect the different resources available at my own institution.[Additional content on this page is restricted to Registered Medical Professionals]