Turning Objective Structured Clinical Examinations into Reality.
Objective structured clinical examinations assess learners "showing how" to perform complex clinical tasks. Devised as summative evaluations, these examinations with immediate feedback are useful formative evaluations to improve learner performance. This review describes how objective structured clinical examinations have been used in rheumatology education. Steps for creating an objective structured clinical examination are discussed. Validity and reproducibility are important considerations, especially for high-stakes summative objective structured clinical examinations. Consideration of the potential benefits in clinical education and their hazards are reviewed. When well-designed, formative objective structured clinical examinations have high educational value for learners and medical educators.
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