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A qualitative Study of Psychiatrists’ View about a Pilot Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in Iran

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Maryam Rasoulian 1 , * , Arsia Taghva 2 , Laily Panaghi 3 , Mansour Salehi 4 , Alireza Zahiraldin 5 , Mir Farhad Ghalebandi 4

1 Tehran Institue of Psychiatry. Mental Health Research Center, Tehran, Iran, +98-2166509024

2 Army University of Medical Science, Iran

3 Community Medicine Specialist Family Research Institute Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

4 Tehran Institue of Psychiatry. Mental Health Research Center, Tehran, Iran

5 Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Rasoulian M, Taghva A, Panaghi L, Salehi M, Zahiraldin A, et al. A qualitative Study of Psychiatrists’ View about a Pilot Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in Iran, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2007 ; 1(1):27-9.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 1 (1); 27-9
Published Online: January 06, 2007
Article Type: Original Article
Received: October 28, 2006
Accepted: December 14, 2006

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Abstract

Objective: In Aug 2004, for the first time, a psychiatric OSCE was piloted in Iran. The objective of current study was to explore the view and opinion of both candidates and examiners after they took part in the exam

Method: Two focus groups were formed. There were 10 participants in each group. Each group was asked to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the OSCE. The discussion was tape recorded and then converted into a script before being analyzed.

Results: Standard format of the exam and its unbiased evaluation of candidates abilities were reported as the most significant advantages of OSCE. However, participants criticized the artificiality of the setting and use of simulated patients.

Conclusion: Although expensive and time consuming to organize, OSCE was viewed as a standard and fair method of assessing candidates skills. To overcome the artificiality of the setting, participants asked for a better training of the actors and actresses.

 

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Iran Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Psychiatry

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