The women's health objective structured clinical exam: A multidisciplinary collaboration

Jason E. Schillerstrom, Mary L. Lutz, Diane M. Ferguson, Erin L. Nelson, Jason A. Parker

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Purpose: To determine the preliminary benefits of a Women's Health Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) which integrates psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology principles into communication-focused doctor-patient paradigms. Method: The authors extracted medical student survey data from pre-and post-OSCE program evaluations (n = 193). Using McNemar's tests, the authors compared pre-and post-OSCE proportions of students reporting comfort levels with interactions involving terminally diagnosed patients, domestic violence, breast feeding, and other areas relevant to women's health. Results: The proportion of students reporting comfort with each communication domain increased between pre-and post-OSCE assessments. The greatest improvements were observed for discussions related to domestic violence (41% gain), terminal illness (37% gain) and postpartum depression/psychosis (23% gain). Ninety-four percent felt that this Women's Health OSCE was a valuable learning experience. Conclusion: The authors conclude that this Women's Health OSCE was a successful addition to the medical student clinical curriculum as measured by student satisfaction and self-reported improved comfort levels with challenging communication paradigms. Future studies will investigate the effect that this learning activity has on competency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Communication training
  • education
  • psychosomatic gynecology
  • women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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