Medical Students Celebrate ‘Important Benchmark’ at 18th Annual OSCE Exercises

The talents of all 155 third-year Miller School students were put to the test this month at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, where they participated in the 18th annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a medical school rite of passage that tests students’ clinical skills.

Nearly 80 faculty members from the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Family Medicine and Community Health served as faculty evaluators for the assessment.

During the June 8 and 9 exercises, students visited 11 stations where they encountered mock patients and were required to demonstrate appropriate history-taking, physical examination or communication skills. This year’s assessment also featured a health information station to evaluate competencies in accessing health information and using decision support tools for patient care — a new longitudinal theme in the Miller School curriculum.

“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 Co-Director of the Clinical Skills Program.

Paul E. Mendez, M.D., Director of the Clinical Skills Program and associate professor of medicine, noted that coordinating the exercises is a “huge undertaking and a true testament to the collaborative efforts between medical education faculty and staff and the highly dedicated educators in our clinical departments.”

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