ERIC Number: EJ879715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Psychiatric OSCE Performance of Students with and without a Previous Core Psychiatry Clerkship
Goisman, Robert M.; Levin, Robert M.; Krupat, Edward; Pelletier, Stephen R.; Alpert, Jonathan E.
Academic Psychiatry, v34 n2 p141-144 Mar-Apr 2010
Objective: The OSCE has been demonstrated to be a reliable and valid method by which to assess students' clinical skills. An OSCE station was used to determine whether or not students who had completed a core psychiatry clerkship demonstrated skills that were superior to those who had not taken the clerkship and which areas discriminated between clerkship completers and noncompleters. Methods: One hundred thirty-six students took a 48-item, fourth-year OSCE with one psychiatry station. Sixty-three (46%) had already completed psychiatry, and 70 (51%) had not, with three unknown. Students were to take histories, perform mental status examinations, assess dangerousness, and propose the differential diagnosis and treatment plans. Results: Nine items differed significantly between completers and noncompleters, six concerning phenomenology and mental status and three concerning differential diagnosis. There were no differences regarding history, communication skills, or recommended interventions. Conclusion: Students may learn history taking, communication, and treatment planning in many settings. However, for the mental status examination, phenomenology, and differential diagnosis, completing a psychiatry clerkship was associated with better OSCE performance.
Descriptors: Objective Tests, Medical Students, Psychiatry, Clinical Experience, Differences, Phenomenology, Clinical Diagnosis, Mental Health
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