Medical Education Holds 20th Annual Clinical Skills Exercises for Third-Year Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 189 third-year Miller School students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses June 6-7 for the 20th annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of students. More than 100 faculty members from the Departments of Anesthesiology, Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Family Medicine served as evaluators for the annual assessment.

During the exercises, 11 stations were set up, each with objectives to measure specific competencies. At most stations, students encountered people portraying patients and were required to obtain an appropriate history from them, perform an appropriate physical exam or display proficiency in communication skills. The exercises are modeled after the United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination, a required component of medical licensure in the U.S.

“This annual exercise continues to be an important benchmark in assessing the clinical competence of our students 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 professor of medicine.

“During this time of competing pressures, 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” said Paul E. Mendez, M.D., Director of the Clinical Skills Program, Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum and associate professor of medicine.

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