Obtaining sustainable community engagement: supporting consistency in OSCE scoring

Malau-Aduli, Bunmi, and Mulcahy, Sue (2012) Obtaining sustainable community engagement: supporting consistency in OSCE scoring. In: Abstracts from Teaching Matters 2012. pp. 23-24. From: Teaching Matters 2012: Sustaining Futures: considering sustainability across the learning and teaching divide, 4 December 2012, Launceston, TAS, Australia.

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Context: Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) have emerged as the "gold standard" in the assessment of clinical competence in healthcare education. However, the exam format, length of stations, scoring schedules and methods of setting passing scores vary between institutions. With increasing societal demands for 24 accountability in medical education, it is imperative to have comparable standards in medical teaching, learning and assessment.

Objectives: This presentation provides an overview of the development of a sustainable environment for Australian Medical examiners to improve consistency in scoring OSCEs.

Methods: A community of geographically dispersed Australian Medical schools had been supported in the online environment by core UTAS technology platforms. Starting with a small cohort, participants' feedback has been used to inform each iteration of community development. As membership diversified numbers of non-UTAS participants increased and dependence on UTAS technology became less appropriate. Three environments were evaluated for their ability to sustain the needs of the community based on the skills and resources available to the participants. A new environment was selected and examiner responses to this process were evaluated by survey.

Results: The community's development has been underpinned by measured improvements in outcomes and cross-institutional champions, resulting in increasing participation, engagement and scope of activities. Participant engagement has been encouraged both because of the outcomes, online facilitated discussions, using feedback to inform development and visits.

Conclusions: The newly established environment is successfully supporting the community's activities, including growth and diversity, resourced by community members.

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