• Vol. 37 No. 11, 979–979
  • 15 November 2008

Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation Should Not Only Be a Test of Clinical Skill



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The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) was originally a test (or summative assessment) specifically of clinical skills, using standardised patients (SP), anatomical models and itemised checklists3 for scoring medical students. However, if OSCE was restricted to a test, as with any other test, many students would learn tricks for passing it (e.g. student collusion in obtaining prior tests and SPs’ questions).

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