A qualitative Study of Psychiatrists’ View about a Pilot Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in Iran

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avatar Maryam Rasoulian 1 , * , avatar Arsia Taghva 2 , avatar Laily Panaghi 3 , avatar Mansour Salehi 4 , avatar Alireza Zahiraldin 5 , avatar Mir Farhad Ghalebandi 4

Tehran Institue of Psychiatry. Mental Health Research Center, Tehran, Iran, +98-2166509024
Army University of Medical Science, Iran
Community Medicine Specialist Family Research Institute Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
Tehran Institue of Psychiatry. Mental Health Research Center, Tehran, Iran
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran

how to cite: Rasoulian M, Taghva A, Panaghi L, Salehi M, Zahiraldin A, et al. A qualitative Study of Psychiatrists’ View about a Pilot Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in Iran. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2007;1(1): 27-9.

Abstract

Objective: In Aug 2004, for the first time, a psychiatric OSCE was piloted in Iran. The objective of current study was to explore the view and opinion of both candidates and examiners after they took part in the exam
Method: Two focus groups were formed. There were 10 participants in each group. Each group was asked to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the OSCE. The discussion was tape recorded and then converted into a script before being analyzed.
Results: Standard format of the exam and its unbiased evaluation of candidates abilities were reported as the most significant advantages of OSCE. However, participants criticized the artificiality of the setting and use of simulated patients.
Conclusion: Although expensive and time consuming to organize, OSCE was viewed as a standard and fair method of assessing candidates skills. To overcome the artificiality of the setting, participants asked for a better training of the actors and actresses.
 

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