Objective Structured Video Examinations (OSVEs) for geriatrics education

Deborah Simpson, Robin Helm, Theresa Drewniak, Monica Ziebert, Diane Brown, Julie Mitchell, Nancy Havas, Kathryn Denson, Suzanne Gehl, Diana Kerwin, Dawn St A. Bragg, Steven Denson, Mary Gleason Heffron, Harold H. Harsch, Edmund Duthie

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The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and theWisconsin Geriatric Education Center (WGEC) are committed to developing educational materials for primary care physicians in training. In response to the opportunity created by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competency mandate, an MCW-led interdisciplinary working group has developed competency-linked video-based assessment tools for use in primary care residency training programs. Modeled after the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), used as part of the medical licensing examination process, we created geriatric-focused Objective Structured Video Examinations (OSVEs) as a strategy to infuse geriatrics into residency training. Each OSVE tool contains a 1-3 minute video trigger that is associated with a series of multiple choice and/or constructed response questions (e.g., fill in the blank). These questions assess residents' understanding of video-demonstrated ACGME competencies including professionalism, systems-based practice, communication, and practice-based learning. An instructor's guide and scoring key are provided for each tool. Response to the OSVEs has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic including greater than 90% commitment by statewide faculty to use the tools in residency training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-24
Number of pages18
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 6 2006


  • ACGME competencies
  • Assessment
  • Educational technology
  • Faculty development
  • Medical education
  • OSCE
  • Residency education
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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