Keywords: Clinical skills, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), training, digital learning environment
Teaching clinical skills is an essential element of medical education, especially important in patient-oriented areas like family medicine/general practice (FM/GP). Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is a useful assessment tool often to assess clinical skills. However, OSCE is often precepted by learners to be a stressful and difficult to prepare for. DOMINOS Erasmus+ project responds to this need by creating a European digital learning environment for OSCE training in FM/GP and other healthcare fields.
A multidisciplinary consortium of six European universities (Paris Cite, Ljubljana, Sapienza, Charite, Leuven and Warsaw) and three healthcare fileds (medicine, dentistry and pharmacy) formed a partnership. The partnership is producing 100 OSCE scenarios that can be practiced online. Furthermore, the consortium is producing 60 “serous games” – computer games that mimic OSCE stations in a virtual environment.
Examples of e-OSCE scenarios and a serious game related to FM/GP will be presented.
At the end of the project in 2024, all produced resources (eOSCE scenarios and serious games) will be available as an open source for undergraduate students. About one quarter of the produced materials are expected to be relevant to FM/GP.
The project will give students a digital learning environment for OSCE training in FM/GP and other healthcare fields. The consortium's collaboration will foster the harmonization of different practices and offer innovative solutions from various healthcare disciplines, including FM/GP. This initiative ultimately seeks to empower students with digital resources and diverse perspectives to support their clinical skills development.
Points for discussion:
What are the challenges of OSCE training?
What are the pros and cons of a digital learning environment?
How does the international and multidisciplinary approach contribute to the project results?