A major obstacle in the wide implementation of objective clinical structured examinations (OSCEs) is their high cost, averaging $200 to $300 (Canadian dollars, CDN) per candidate and estimated at up to CDN$900 per candidate if all « hidden » administrative costs are included.
A detailed cost analysis of preparing and administering OSCEs at 1 institution was undertaken over 2 years.
An 18-station, 6-minute-per-station OSCE was given to a 72-student third-year medical class.
The total cost of the OSCE was CDN$5,010, or $70 per student.
The key factors in reaching this significantly lower per-student OSCE cost included : judicious use of standardized patients, use of academic faculty for preparing and marking the stations, and decreased secretarial and other administrative costs.
Data suggest that OSCEs can be set up with reasonable cost and limited resources even in smaller institutions.
Cost should not be considered a major obstacle in implementing this excellent examination type in undergraduate medical education.
Mots-clés Pascal : Examen universitaire, Enseignement universitaire, Analyse coût, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : College examen, Higher education, Cost analysis, United States, North America, America, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0379720
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 12/09/1997.