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First OSJSM Y1 OSCE Held at OSJSM SIM Center

Recently, OSJSM held its first Year One OSCE at OSJSM Simulation Center. After the first year PSD (Physician Skills Development) course, an Y1 OSCE (Objective Structure Clinical Examination) is arranged to test the students on clinical knowledge, skills and professionalism through simulated clinical contexts. The OSJSM OSCE has ten stations the same as the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine (UO, FoM). The examination will test all the content that the students learned from the Y1 PSD course. The examination took place at the newly established OSJSM SIM Center based at Renji Hospital.

The OSCE was paid great attention by the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Offices of both universities. PSD course is an integral part of the OSJSM UGME curriculum. Different from the traditional teaching arrangement of Diagnostics, it runs longitudinally through units with weekly PSD classes. The Y1 OSCE will show the results of the PSD Y1 course and will provide further insights on continuously improving the teaching model.

As early as the end of 2016, an OSCE Preparation Workgroup was set up. The Workgroup includes: Ms. Diane Cyr, UO OSJSM Project Manager, Dr. James Chan, UO FoM Quality Assurance Director, Dr. XU Jieping, OSJSM SIM Center Director, Dr. LI Yi, OSJSM UGME Program Administrator, Dr. LIANG Xiao, OSJSM PSD Director and Ms. SU Aiping, OSJSM PSD coordinator. The Workgroup held teleconferences regularly. After going through the requirements of Medical Licensing Exams in both Canada and China and remote observership of UO OSCE venue setup and rotation plan, the Workgroup made the OSJSM OSCE scoring scales and the exam process. The Workgroup then organized examiner training, standardized patient (SP) training, and set up the exam venue and equipment. One month before the OSCE, the Workgroup ran through the whole exam process to make sure the exam would run smoothly.

On the exam day, June 2nd 2017, Dr. SHAO Li, OSJSM Executive Dean, Dr. ZHENG Qing, OSJSM Assistant Dean, Ms. Diane Cyr and Dr. James Chan observed the 5-hour exam. Each station is ten minutes for either history taking or physical examination with a SP. All the SPs were trained and given a before the exam. At the end of each station, the examiners have 2 minutes to give feedback to the students, which is rare in Chinese OSCEs. The students were impressed by the professional SPs and felt that the OSCE is a good test on their clinical skills.

The OSCE further consolidated the students’ grasp of knowledge and skills, as well as their loyalty to the medical profession. OSJSM will adjust the OSCEs according to the feedback from the students. It is hoped that the students can increasingly benefit from 1 or 2 OSCEs per year.