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6.14.2011

UMHC Hosts 16th Annual OSCE Exercises for Medical Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 191 third-year Miller School students for the sixteenth annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of medical students. About 90 faculty members from the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, Anesthesiology, and Family Medicine and Community Health served as faculty evaluators for the annual assessment.

During the June 4 and 5 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 an appropriate physical exam or display proficiency in communication skills. This year’s assessment also featured a new telephone encounter station to evaluate important skills in communicating with patients and counseling them over the phone.

“This annual exercise is 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. “It also allows us to assess the effectiveness of our clinical curriculum and provides students with an opportunity to prepare for the clinical skills component of the United States Medical Licensing Exam.”

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