To the Editor: Inherent difficulties in assessing
clinical competence have spawned wide use and evaluation of objective structured
clinical examinations (OSCEs) with standardized patients.1,2
Despite costly and time-consuming implementation, numerous academic medical
centers report successful clinical skills evaluations using OSCEs, including
data gathering, data interpretation, and patient-physician communication.3,4 However, objective evaluation
of technical skills remains difficult.5,6
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