Web based Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (WebOSCEs) at AUTH

Clinical competency and assessment can poorly achieved through traditional methods in Medicine. An alternative proposal is the development of OSCE stations; OSCE stands for Objective Structured Clinical Examination and is used to test clinical skill performance and competence.In our medical school, the Clinical Skills Lab is organized based on the philosophy of OSCE stations. The OSCE examination and practice, in general, involves a circuit of short (5-15 minutes) stations and each station has a different examiner and simulated patient (actor). The stations are standardized this way and complex procedures areperformed and assessed without endangering real patients' health. An extension of this work was the design and implementation of OSCEs in electronic format (WebOSCEs), on line available to the students. These e-OSCE stations, through the interactive web pages developed- which wereenriched with media material- are aimed to be used to assess applied medical knowledge in the context of basic clinical skills.For that work, the use of two programs, complementary to each other in the area of education, was essential; VUE (Virtual Understanding Environment)and OpenLabyrinth. In our experience, setting up OSCE stations in electronic format is cost and effort effective and can provide a realistic simulation of a real OSCE stations in the era of clinical skills. The aim of that work was to extend clinical practice through new educational experiences and to support medical students in decision takingand professional attitudes.


Saturday, 7 April, 2012 - 11:45 to 13:00