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Revista médica de Chile

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TRIVINO B, Ximena et al. Objetive Structured Clinical Examination for a pediatric internship assessment in two schools of medicine. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2002, vol.130, n.7, pp.817-824. ISSN 0034-9887.

Background: The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) has become a respected and widely used tool for the assessment of clinical competence in medical education. Aim: To describe the first experience of an OSCE as a summative assessment in undergraduate Pediatric Internship, in two universities. Material and Methods: The OSCE was structured by a committee of faculty members of the 5 campi of University of Chile and I campus of the Catholic University. A 21 station OSCE was administered simultaneously to 124 Pediatric Interns (University of Chile =104, Catholic University=20), in 3 centers. A total of 50 faculty members participated in the examination. The OSCE consisted of 20 clinical problems, including videotape recordings, photographs, x-rays and laboratory exams, phantoms and 7 simulated standardized parents. Results: The average total OSCE score was 67.3% (range: 84.5%-43.5%). The maximum theoretic score was achieved in 19 stations. A significant correlation between station and total score, was found for 18 of the 20 clinical problems. Conclusions: The experience of using OSCE has been a success. The OSCE was an adequate procedure to assess a large number of interns simultaneously and it allowed us to measure the main objectives in all domains and a wide range of clinical competence of Pediatric Internship Programs (Rev Méd Chile 2002; 130: 817-824).

Palabras clave : Education, medical, undergraduate; Internship; Objective Structured Clinical Examination.

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