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How high are the personnel costs for OSCE? A financial report on management aspects.

Rau T, Fegert J, Liebhardt H - GMS Z Med Ausbild (2011)

Bottom Line: Both students and teachers confirmed the validity of the OSCE and recognised the added value in the learning effects.The high acceptance of the OSCE in neurology by both students and teachers favours maintaining the test format.Against the background of the high financial and logistical costs, however, in individual cases it should be assessed how in the long-term efficient examination procedure will be possible.

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Affiliation: Universitätsklinikum Ulm, Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie/Psychotherapie, Ulm, Deutschland.

ABSTRACT

Objective: The OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) was put to the test in order to assess the clinical practical skills of students in medical studies in the medical faculties. For the implementation of an OSCE, a large number of personnel is necessary. In particular for subjects with limited resources, therefore, efficient cost planning is required. In the winter semester 09/10, the Department of Neurology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Ulm introduced the OSCE as a pilot project. A financial report retrospectively shows the personnel expenses. The report is intended as an example for an insight into the resources needed for the OSCE with simulated patients.

Method: Included in the calculation of the financial costs of the OSCE were: employment, status of staff involved in the OSCE, subject-matter and temporal dimension of the task. After the exam, acceptance of the examination format was reviewed by a focus group interview with the teachers and students.

Result: The total expenses for the personnel involved in the OSCE amounted to 12,468 €. The costing of the clinic's share was calculated at 9,576 €. Tuition fees from the students have been used to the amount of 2.892 €. For conversion of total expenditure to the number of examines the sum of 86 € per student was calculated. Both students and teachers confirmed the validity of the OSCE and recognised the added value in the learning effects.

Conclusion: The high acceptance of the OSCE in neurology by both students and teachers favours maintaining the test format. Against the background of the high financial and logistical costs, however, in individual cases it should be assessed how in the long-term efficient examination procedure will be possible.

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Topics for the stages in the OSCE
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Mentions: The OSCE in neurology took place as part of the study of medicine within the course semester (8th semester). Students went through four examination stages (see Figure 1 (Fig. 1)) which were each occupied by one simulated patient. The problem definition included four different neurological examinations including the findings. The focus was on the examination of the patients. The exam tasks were chosen from the practical learning objectives of neurology. As a preparation for the exam, students on the Ulm learning platform medicine were provided with a handout. Videos with demonstrations of neurological examinations on patients were also available. Furthermore, students were given practical training as part of the teaching in the Ulm Clinic for Neurology and in cooperating institutions. Great emphasis had already been placed on consistent teaching. As both students and examiners were dealing with an OSCE in neurology for the first time, whilst an adaptation of both teaching and learning behaviour was occurring simultaneously, extensive preparation for the examination had to be provided. The Clinic for Neurology decided, therefore, to first test four selected examination tasks in order to gain initial experience with the examination format in a manageable framework. At the time of the examination, the students had no information on the content of their tasks, so that it can be assumed that they prepared themselves for all practical learning contents.


How high are the personnel costs for OSCE? A financial report on management aspects.

Rau T, Fegert J, Liebhardt H - GMS Z Med Ausbild (2011)

Topics for the stages in the OSCE
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3140393&req=5

Figure 1: Topics for the stages in the OSCE
Mentions: The OSCE in neurology took place as part of the study of medicine within the course semester (8th semester). Students went through four examination stages (see Figure 1 (Fig. 1)) which were each occupied by one simulated patient. The problem definition included four different neurological examinations including the findings. The focus was on the examination of the patients. The exam tasks were chosen from the practical learning objectives of neurology. As a preparation for the exam, students on the Ulm learning platform medicine were provided with a handout. Videos with demonstrations of neurological examinations on patients were also available. Furthermore, students were given practical training as part of the teaching in the Ulm Clinic for Neurology and in cooperating institutions. Great emphasis had already been placed on consistent teaching. As both students and examiners were dealing with an OSCE in neurology for the first time, whilst an adaptation of both teaching and learning behaviour was occurring simultaneously, extensive preparation for the examination had to be provided. The Clinic for Neurology decided, therefore, to first test four selected examination tasks in order to gain initial experience with the examination format in a manageable framework. At the time of the examination, the students had no information on the content of their tasks, so that it can be assumed that they prepared themselves for all practical learning contents.

Bottom Line: Both students and teachers confirmed the validity of the OSCE and recognised the added value in the learning effects.The high acceptance of the OSCE in neurology by both students and teachers favours maintaining the test format.Against the background of the high financial and logistical costs, however, in individual cases it should be assessed how in the long-term efficient examination procedure will be possible.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Universitätsklinikum Ulm, Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie/Psychotherapie, Ulm, Deutschland.

ABSTRACT

Objective: The OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) was put to the test in order to assess the clinical practical skills of students in medical studies in the medical faculties. For the implementation of an OSCE, a large number of personnel is necessary. In particular for subjects with limited resources, therefore, efficient cost planning is required. In the winter semester 09/10, the Department of Neurology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Ulm introduced the OSCE as a pilot project. A financial report retrospectively shows the personnel expenses. The report is intended as an example for an insight into the resources needed for the OSCE with simulated patients.

Method: Included in the calculation of the financial costs of the OSCE were: employment, status of staff involved in the OSCE, subject-matter and temporal dimension of the task. After the exam, acceptance of the examination format was reviewed by a focus group interview with the teachers and students.

Result: The total expenses for the personnel involved in the OSCE amounted to 12,468 €. The costing of the clinic's share was calculated at 9,576 €. Tuition fees from the students have been used to the amount of 2.892 €. For conversion of total expenditure to the number of examines the sum of 86 € per student was calculated. Both students and teachers confirmed the validity of the OSCE and recognised the added value in the learning effects.

Conclusion: The high acceptance of the OSCE in neurology by both students and teachers favours maintaining the test format. Against the background of the high financial and logistical costs, however, in individual cases it should be assessed how in the long-term efficient examination procedure will be possible.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus