Abel, Wendel D.; Pierre, Russell B.; Barton-Forbes, Michelle; Hickling, Frederick W.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Community Health and Psychiatry
Interviewing Skills of Students in the Final Psychiatry Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Objctive: To evaluate the interviewing styles of medical students in the final psychiatry Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Method: The psychiatry component of the final OSCE in the Medicine and Therapeutics examination consists of two sittings using stimulated patients. Seventy-four students were chosen from two campuses by cluster sampling. Students were observed and rated by a psychiatrist who used a structured checklist. The checklist was pre-tested in a Child Health communication station and it assessed 6 domains with 27 related items. The domains included, rapport-building skills, attending skills, the use of non-verbal expressions, the predominant question type used, feed back interaction and the overall conduct of the interview. Each item was scored by the rater as done or not done. The minimal competence score was determined by the Modified Angoff method. Conclusions: These findings have implications for the teaching and evaluation of interviewing skills.....