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Faculty Development: WebOSCE

March 20, 2012 @ 11:00 am

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Des Moines University and the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) present this faculty development webinar series.

WebOSCE: An online tool for remote encounters between learners and standardized patients for the practice, assessment, and remediation of clinical skills

The novel WebOSCE technology allows learners to encounter remotely with real standardized patients (SPs) – using web cam equipped computers. During a WebOSCE encounter, the learners first are given the case presentation – for example they meet with Ms. Dundee who wants to quit smoking – then they perform a smoking cessation counseling session. The SPs are trained to assess the performance using a standardized checklist. At the end of the encounter, the learners are provided with individual, constructive, high-quality feedback on each item on the scoring list. Also, they are provided with an individualized list containing learning assignments to address deficits.

WebOSCE has been developed for medical students, international graduates, and out-of-training physicians who seek re-entry into the work force to assess and enhance their clinical skills competencies. Since it functions remotely, it meets the needs of those who are homebound, living in remote areas, or having a busy schedule that does not permit easily travel.

See webcampus.drexelmed.edu webosce for literature references and a video documentation on how WebOSCE works.


Christof J. Daetwyler, M.D.
Associate professor of family in community, and preventive medicine, developer of online resources for medical education, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Dennis H. Novack, M.D.
Professor of medicine and associate dean, Drexel University College of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


For additional questions regarding IAMSE or to view past webinars, please visit www.iamse.org.


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