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Introducing an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) into ambulance paramedic education

Leanne Sheen
Centre for Ambulance and Paramedic Studies (MUCAPs), Monash University
The assessment of clinical skills is challenging for both examiners and students. Students on the whole find practical assessments to be very stressful and examiner expectations vary from person to person, making the process subjective to say the least.

The aim of the project was to develop an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for ambulance paramedic education that was valid as well as practical. The skill to be assessed was manual defibrillation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). A brief literature review examining the use of human simulation manikins and OSCEs was conducted to provide a foundation for the project. The assessment tool was developed after peer and expert review. A video was taken to assist examiners in their preparation of the new format examination and a seminar was organised for examiners to discuss the various issues. The importance of real life environments and time sequences was stressed. Finally, the effectiveness of the OSCE was assessed from both the students' and the examiners' perspective. The findings support the use of OSCEs as a valid, practical, student centred assessment tool.

Please cite as: Sheen, L. (2003). Introducing an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) into ambulance paramedic education. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/sheen-abs.html


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