Barriers to Appropriate Standard Performance of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination

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Mehran Zarghami 1 , *

1 Professor of Psychiatry, “Department of Psychiatry” and “Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Research Center”, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Sari, Iran

How to Cite: Zarghami M. Barriers to Appropriate Standard Performance of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2009 ; 3(1):1-8.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 3 (1); 1-8
Published Online: June 29, 2009
Article Type: Editorial
Received: May 10, 2009
Accepted: June 01, 2009

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Abstract

Since 1960s, many experts criticized the use of traditional examinations to assess the skills of medical trainees at all levels and many efforts implemented to create a feasible instrument to measure these skills. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is a modern type of evaluation which is used in many psychiatric and other clinical centers worldwide and has shown a credible validity and reliability. This editorial highlights controversies among advocates and opponents and barriers to appropriate standard performance of this method which has been used in the oral examination of the Board of Psychiatry in Iran since 2006.

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Standard Performance Structured Clinical Examination

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