Medical Education Celebrates 17th Annual OSCE Exercises

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 189 third-year medical students from the Miller School’s Miami and regional campuses for the 17th annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of medical students. More than 100 faculty members from the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, and Family Medicine and Community Health served as faculty evaluators for the assessment.

During the June 2-3 exercises, 11 stations were set up, each with specific objectives to measure competencies. At most stations, students encountered people portraying patients and were required to obtain an appropriate history from them, perform a physical exam or display proficiency in communication skills. This year’s assessment also featured an electronic progress note modeled after the United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam to evaluate the important skills of written communication and diagnostic reasoning.

“This annual exercise continues to be an important benchmark in assessing our students’ clinical competence in communication skills, physical examination, data interpretation and clinical decision making,” said Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education and director of the Clinical Skills Program. “Coordinating these exercises is a huge undertaking and truly a collaborative effort between the medical education faculty and staff and the highly dedicated educators in our clinical departments.”

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