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Use of an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) for early identification of communication skills deficits in interns

  • October 18, 2017

This CRICO-funded study, headed by co-principal investigators Drs. Mary Ellen Goldhamer and Debra Weinstein of Massachusetts General Hospital, researched whether an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE)  during Graduate Medical Education orientation can identify trainee communication deficits before they become evident via clinical performance evaluations.


 Study Conclusion

By identifying a positive association between OSCE performance and subsequent unfavorable evaluation of communication skills, this study provides a preliminary suggestion that OSCE may be useful in early identification of interns with less effective communication skills. 

 

 Citation for the Full-text Article

Goldhamer MEJ, Cohen A, Brooks M, Macklin EA, Co, Weinstein D. Use of an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) for early identification of communication skills deficits in interns. Medical Teacher. 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2017.1387646. [Published online October 18, 2017]