Assessing the clinical competence of psychology students through Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs): student and staff views

Sheen, Jade, McGillivray, Jane, Gurtman, Clint and Boyd, Leanne 2015, Assessing the clinical competence of psychology students through Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs): student and staff views, Australian psychologist, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 51-59, doi: 10.1111/ap.12086.

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Title Assessing the clinical competence of psychology students through Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs): student and staff views
Author(s) Sheen, JadeORCID iD for Sheen, Jade orcid.org/0000-0001-8327-5314
McGillivray, JaneORCID iD for McGillivray, Jane orcid.org/0000-0003-2000-6488
Gurtman, Clint
Boyd, Leanne
Journal name Australian psychologist
Volume number 50
Issue number 1
Start page 51
End page 59
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-02
ISSN 0005-0067
1742-9544
Keyword(s) Clinical assessment
Clinical psychology
Competencies
Education
Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
Social Sciences
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Psychology
NURSING-EDUCATION
PSYCHIATRY OSCE
QUALIFIED NURSE
EXPERIENCES
VALIDITY
PERCEPTIONS
RELIABILITY
PERFORMANCE
TRANSITION
SKILLS
Summary Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are a well-known, reliable, and valid assessment method used across the healthcare sector. In the present study, we applied OSCEs in three units within professional postgraduate psychology courses, with the broad aims of identifying staff and student perceptions of the assessment. At the conclusion of each OSCE, staff and students completed a feedback questionnaire that contained both scaled and open-ended questions. Results suggest that clinical psychology OSCEs can be stressful for students, but are also well regarded. Both staff and students felt that the OSCEs were realistic, valid, and aligned well with professional practice. Students reported differences in the way in which they prepared for the OSCEs compared with a written exam or other form of assessment, while staff noted that models of OSCE development must be flexible, to adequately assess the objectives of individual units. Further, because they can be a costly exercise, OSCEs need to be applied judiciously within the tertiary sector.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ap.12086
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
111709 Health Care Administration
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Australian Psychological Society
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