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J Educ Eval Health Prof > Epub ahead of print
J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2018; 15: 18.
Published online August 6, 2018.
[Epub ahead of print]
The implementation and evaluation of an e-Learning training module for observed structured clinical examination (OSCE) raters in Canada
Karima Khamisa1  , Samantha Halman2  , Isabelle Desjardins2  , Mireille St. Jean3  , Debra Pugh2 
1Division of Hematology, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2Division of General Internal Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
3Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Correspondence  Karima Khamisa ,Email:
Editor:  Sun Huh, Hallym University, Korea
Submitted: May 3, 2018  Accepted after revision: August 6, 2018
Improving the reliability and consistency of observed structured clinical examination (OSCE) rater’s marking poses a continual challenge in medical education. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the e-Learning training module for OSCE raters who participated in the assessment of third year medical students at the University of Ottawa, Canada. The effect of online training and that of traditional in-person (face-to-face) orientation was compared. Out of 90 physicians recruited as raters for this OSCE, 60 consented to participate (67.7%) and completed the online survey in March 2017. Out of 60, 55 rated students during the OSCE; while, 5 were spare raters. The number of raters in the online training group was 41 and that in the traditional in-person training group was 19. Of those with prior OSCE experience (n=18) who participated in the online group, 13 (68%) reported that they preferred this format to the in-person orientation. The total average time needed to complete the online module was 15 minutes. 89 % of participants felt the module provided clarity to the rater training process. There was no significant difference in the number of missing ratings based on the type of orientation raters received. Our study indicates online OSCE rater training is comparable to traditional face-to-face orientation.
Keywords: evaluation, observed structured clinical examination, medical education, e-Learning, canada

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