Obectively Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
The OSCE has been described as a clinical evaluation technique designed to eliminate the bias and ambiguity during the clinical examination. It has been added to the licensure examination protocol to address issues related to the provision of partial and over-dentures, and other criteria critical to the safe practice of denturism in British Columbia.
The OSCE is a series of stations. In each station the candidate is presented with a different task or scenario. Some of the tasks are broad and obvious and others are not. Candidates do not know the criteria for the examination. Each station has an examiner who scores set criteria for that station. The examiner observes the candidate and scores, on a dichotomous basis, whether the candidate successfully completes the objective. Candidates are given a time limit to complete each station.
Patient models add a dimension to the OSCE that requires a special note. Stations are designed around patients and the opportunities they present. Patient models are selected from the community with common denture related problems and/or questions. Each patient model is given a script or outline of their station and instructed in how to act. Models are required to dynamically adjust responses and questions for each candidate. The idea behind this type of patient selection is to replicate a few hours in a typical denture clinic.
The next opportunity to challenge the OSCE will be July 2017.