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12th Graz Conference – Quality of Teaching

18.09. - 20.09.2008 in Graz, Österreich

How to set up an OSCE


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  • corresponding author Michael Schmidts - Medical University Vienna, Core Unit for Medical Education, Vienna, Austria

12. Grazer Konferenz - Qualität der Lehre: Skills and Attitudes. Graz, Österreich, 18.-20.09.2008. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2009. Doc08grako05

doi: 10.3205/08grako05, urn:nbn:de:0183-08grako059

Received: January 15, 2009
Revised: February 5, 2009
Accepted: February 18, 2009
Published: April 6, 2009

© 2009 Schmidts.
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The OSCE (objective structured/standardized clinical examination) introduces validity and reliability into practical assessment. Based on over 10 years experience with OSCEs at the Medical University of Vienna, we will try to concentrate on the most important aspects of test-preparation, test-implementation and analysis of the results. Activities of the participants will include task-analysis and checklistgeneration, standard-setting (via modified-Angoff), observer-training to decrease interrater-reliability, hands-on OSCE stations using role-play and some practise on statistical analysis (generalisability). No prerequisite knowledge or clinical skills are required for participation, but we will highly appreciate your active engagement.