The integration of child psychiatry into a psychiatry clerkship OSCE

Can J Psychiatry. 1998 Aug;43(6):614-8. doi: 10.1177/070674379804300610.


Objective: To integrate child psychiatry into a psychiatry clerkship OBJECTIVE Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

Method: Child psychiatry OSCE stations were designed to evaluate clerk' skills in the identification of 4 common conditions. Child psychiatrists wrote case scenarios and checklists and supported standardized patient (SP) training for the stations. A bank of 4 child psychiatry OSCE stations is now available for use in the psychiatry OSCE. Child psychiatry faculty have been trained as examiners for ongoing administration of his OSCE.

Results: This bank of child psychiatry OSCE stations has examined 402 clerks. Mean student scores for content were 68% to 86% and for process were 69% to 76%. Station reliability and examiner feedback were acceptable.

Conclusions: Child psychiatry has been successfully integrated into a psychiatry clerkship OSCE. Although the commitment in terms of monetary and faculty costs has been considerable, the accompanying educational benefits of such integration warranted this expense.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Psychiatry / education*
  • Clinical Clerkship / methods*
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Humans
  • Observer Variation
  • Ontario
  • Process Assessment, Health Care / methods
  • Reproducibility of Results