The ACS Surgery Resident Objective
Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) was developed as a tool for assessing the entry-level knowledge and skills of PGY-1 surgery residents in delivering safe care to
surgery patients with critical and life-threatening conditions. The OSCE is
intended as a formative evaluation tool for providing residents with
constructive feedback regarding their management of critical situations that
they are likely to encounter, particularly when they are on call. Ten scenarios
have been developed that unfold during a 10-minute clinical encounter and a
5-minute written post-encounter. Cases include the traditional use of
standardized patients (SPs), as well as telephone conversations and encounters
with standardized nurses and medical students.
The OSCE is designed for use by
any residency program, regardless of previous experience with OSCEs or
availability of a SP training program or facility. This program includes two
parts: a CD that provides all the written materials and instructions needed
to prepare for and administer the OSCE, and a DVD that provides a gold standard
performance of each clinical scenario being portrayed by a SP and resident.
This project was supported by grant number U18 HS12021
from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Developed by the American
College of Surgeons Division of Education. 2008.