A Reflection on Sequential OSCE in Medical Education

Document Type : Letter to the Editor


Department of Medical Education, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran AND Faculty Member, Department of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran Medical Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.



Dear Editor-in-chief,

Practical exams are frequently used in the training and evaluation of medical students. One such exam is the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). OSCE exam is organized objectively in different stations, and the examinees are asked to perform certain clinical tasks in each station (1). One of the limitations of the OSCE exam is the high cost of its implementation (2). Increasing the number of OSCE stations reduces the measurement error and increases the reliability of the test (3). However, reducing the number of stations can save the number of examiners, patients, or SPs (4). The sequential OSCE method has been proposed to deal with the cost problem in the OSCE exam, which saves resources while claiming high reliability (5).