Faculty Development

The OSCE Advantage

February 1, 2017

Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) are an important component of PA education — and as such, it’s vital to understand the best practices of their design and execution. If they are not done well, they may not be as effective and, as a result, put course and program directors in the position of having to defend using a “subjective” examination for high-stakes testing.

On March 24–25, PAEA will be holding its March Pando™ workshops, including a must-attend OSCEs workshop in Washington, DC. But don’t take our word for it! Here’s Harry Pomeranz, MSPH, PA-C, a member of our Board of Directors who attended our inaugural OSCE workshop in Minneapolis, to tell you why you should pencil this one in:


And if you need further convincing, here’s some of what you can expect to learn in-depth:

  • History of and rationale for OSCEs
  • Identifying and training actors/standardized patients for OSCEs
  • Training OSCE examiners
  • Assessing the borderline student
  • Blueprinting OSCEs across the curriculum
  • Developing checklist-based OSCE stations
  • Developing domain-based OSCE stations
  • How to do a “dry run” of OSCE stations
  • Using descriptive and analytic statistics to assess student performance and OSCE station performance in Excel
  • Using OSCE results to evaluate curriculum

To register and for more information, please visit the Pando registration website.