The novel WebOSCE technology allows learners to encounter remotely with real Standardized Patients (SPs) – using web cam equipped computers. During a WebOSCE Encounter, the learners first are given the case presentation – for example they meet with Ms. Dundee who wants to quit smoking – then they perform a smoking cessation counseling session. The SPs are trained to assess the performance using a standardized checklist. At the end of the encounter, the learners are provided with individual, constructive, high-quality feedback on each item on the scoring list. Also, they are provided with an individualized list containing learning assignments to address deficits.
WebOSCE has been developed for medical students, international graduates, and out-of-training physicians who seek re-entry into the work force to assess and enhance their clinical skills competencies. Since it functions remotely, it meets the needs of those who are homebound, living in remote areas, or having a busy schedule that does not permit easily travel.
See http://webcampus.drexelmed.edu/webosce for literature references and a video documentation on how WebOSCE works.
Christof J. Daetwyler, MD, has spent his career since 1994 on the development of technology for medical education. He received the European Academic Software Award twice, and was Joe Henderson’s fellow at Dartmouth’ Interactive Media Lab from 2001 till 2004. In 2004 he joined Drexel University College of Medicine, where he became instrumental in the design and development of the WebOSCE technology and of DocCom, a series of 42 on-line modules for healthcare communication education, among other projects.
Dennis H. Novack, MD, is professor of Medicine and an associate dean at the DUCOM. He is an internist who did a fellowship with George Engel and colleagues. He has devoted his career to improving medical education in physician-patient communication and a bio-psycho-social approach to care.