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Effects of a mid-rotation objective structured clinical examination on medical students’ comfort and preparedness to assess domestic violence patients: A pilot study
2012 ASL Abstract
To evaluate if a formative objective structured clinic examination (OSCE) on domestic violence (DV) improves students’ knowledge and comfort screening and counseling patients for DV.
Medical students on their Ob/Gyn rotation completed an OSCE station addressing DV. Students’ comfort with DV screening and counseling was evaluated pre- and post-OSCE with self-completed, written surveys utilizing 7-point Likert scales. Students’ knowledge about DV counseling was assessed on a standard clerkship exam question and aggregate results were compared to a historic cohort.
Forty-six students have completed the study. Student ratings increased in all items measured: comfort discussing DV (5.24 vs. 3.95, p<0.01), preparedness to ask about DV (5.14 vs. 3.89, p<0.01) and comfort responding to reports of DV (5.16 vs. 3.52, p<0.01). After completing the OSCE, students had an aggregate mean increase of 7% on their exam question.
A formative OSCE can increase students’ comfort and knowledge on screening and counseling for DV.
Key words: formative assessment; Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE); domestic violence
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