Objective Structured Clinical Examination Introduction

  • Mubashar Hussain Sherazi


Since it was described in 1975, the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) has evolved into a modern testing tool for the evaluation of the clinical skills of physicians and medical students. The OSCE has been integrated into the licensing and evaluating examination systems of medical education and licensing authorities around the world.

The OSCE uses standardized patients. The examiner either observes in person or the scenarios are recorded for the examiners to later watch the interaction between the candidate and the standardized patients. The candidates are assessed throughout the station from entering into the room till they finish the station and leave the room.


Objective structured clinical examination OSCE OSCE stations Patient rapport Patient interviewing History taking Physical examination Tips Navigating stations Document writing Failing the exam 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mubashar Hussain Sherazi
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  1. 1.Mallacoota Medical CentreMallacootaAustralia

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