Brown Bag Seminar: Haakon Thorbergsen Haakstad
Speaker: Haakon Thorbergsen Haakstad
Title: Examining the Reliability and Pass/Fail Classification Accuracy of Objective-Structured Clinical Examinations
Abstract: The performance-based test-format known as Objective-Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) is endemic to- and ubiquitous throughout Medical Education. It has since its conception in the 1970's enjoyed rapid widespread proliferation. Being widely believed by assessors in medical education to permit assessment of what students are capable of doing, applications of the format demonstrate consistent failure of satisfying stringent reliability requirements, causing great frustration among OSCE organizers. The current research effort examines the extent to which the sub-par reliability observed is problematic in terms of accurately classifying examinees into pass or fail categories.