The Center for Clinical Learning is responsible for a state-of-the-art objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) space that includes:
- Seven clinical evaluation rooms with digital audio/video capture, one-way mirror observation and audio for live viewing.
- A skills area with seven computer documentation stations for learner post-encounter exercises. Room includes VCR/DVD, large monitor, and digital audio/video capture.
- A waiting room that seats 15 students.
We collaborate with faculty to design and organize performance-based examinations used for teaching, observing, and assessing health care-related skills learned in specific graduate courses. These OSCEs evaluate hands-on capabilities as well as history-taking, development of a treatment plan, counseling, and documentation. Rutgers School of Nursing faculty evaluate these skills using a set of pre-determined checklists.
Though staged, OSCE encounters use real life scenarios with carefully trained standardized patients so that each student’s experience is identical. This makes it a powerful and valuable tool to assess a learner’s competence in a tested area and to support patient and family safety initiatives. Students are prepared to provide patient and family care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective.
We utilize a pool of standardized patients that act in the role of patients of all ages or patient caregivers. Standardized patients are a vital part of providing students in nursing and other health professions with the opportunity to develop, practice, and enhance therapeutic communication, interviewing, physical examination, and non-invasive technical skills. Standardized patients are trained to take on the characteristics of real patients, portray various case scenarios in a consistent manner to different students, and provide evaluation feedback to students on their interactions.
We are always looking to collaborate with new partners in the future.
Please contact Monina Franco-Tantuico, Clinical Learning Coordinator (email@example.com), instructor and clinical lab learning coordinator, to discuss the creation of an OSCE for any course. You may also submit a request to use Center for Clinical Learning space or other resources online, or submit an online application to be a standardized patient.