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Objective Structured Video Examinations (OSVEs) for geriatrics education. Gerontol Geriatr Educ 2006;26(4):7-24



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2-s2.0-33745595887   16 Citations


The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center (WGEC) are committed to developing educational materials for primary care physicians in training. In response to the opportunity created by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competency mandate, an MCW-led interdisciplinary working group has developed competency-linked video-based assessment tools for use in primary care residency training programs. Modeled after the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), used as part of the medical licensing examination process, we created geriatric-focused Objective Structured Video Examinations (OSVEs) as a strategy to infuse geriatrics into residency training. Each OSVE tool contains a 1-3 minute video trigger that is associated with a series of multiple choice and/or constructed response questions (e.g., fill in the blank). These questions assess residents' understanding of video-demonstrated ACGME competencies including professionalism, systems-based practice, communication, and practice-based learning. An instructor's guide and scoring key are provided for each tool. Response to the OSVEs has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic including greater than 90% commitment by statewide faculty to use the tools in residency training.

Author List

Simpson D, Helm R, Drewniak T, Ziebert MM, Brown D, Mitchell J, Havas N, Denson K, Gehl S, Kerwin D, Bragg DS, Denson S, Gleason Heffron M, Harsch HH, Duthie EH


Steven Denson MD Associate Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Edmund H. Duthie MD Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Harold H. Harsch MD Professor in the Psychiatry department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Clinical Competence
Competency-Based Education
Education, Medical, Graduate
Educational Measurement
Educational Status
Educational Technology
Faculty, Medical
Internship and Residency
Licensure, Medical
Primary Health Care
Schools, Medical
Video Recording