Part II: Examinee-Based Methods: Setting Standards for Multiple-Station Exams (OSCEs) - Setting Defensible Cut Scores for Standardized Patients-Based Exams

Des Moines , IA US
August 23, 2016

Open to DMU faculty and staff only. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.

"Setting Defensible Cut Scores for Standardized Patients-Based Exams" will focus on educators responsible for local performance tests using standardized patients must define passing standards or cut scores that are defensible, reasonable and fair. This series of two interactive webinars will provide an introduction to standard setting, practical resources for setting criterion-based passing scores using item-based and examinee-based methods, and strategies for applying these scores to OSCEs. Participants will be prepared to implement these methods in their own settings.


  • Set standards for SP encounters using the borderline-group and contrasting-group methods.
  • Select methods to establish cut scores across stations and skills. 


Rachel Yudkowsy

Rachel Yudkowsky, MD, MHPE
Associate Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago

Rachel Yudkowsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She serves as Director of the Dr Allen L and Mary L Graham Clinical Performance Center where she develops standardized patient and simulation-based programs for the instruction and assessment of students, residents and staff. She also serves as Director of the University of Illinois Health Sciences Simulation Consortium, and as co-President of the Chicago Simulation Consortium.

Dr. Yudkowsky received her MD from Northwestern University Medical School in 1979 and is Board Certified in Psychiatry. She obtained her Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree from UIC in 2000. She served as medical student psychiatry clerkship director, psychiatry residency program director, and director of education for the Evanston Hospital Department of Psychiatry, and as associate director of graduate medical education for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Northwestern University Medical School before joining the faculty of DME in 1999.

Dr. Yudkowsky served as Chair of the Research and Grants Committee of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) from 2007-2009, and serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Simulation in Healthcare. She received the Outstanding Educator Award from ASPE in 2009. Her book Assessment in Health Professions Education, co-edited with Steven Downing, was published by Routledge n 2009.

Areas of research interest include performance assessment using standardized patients and other simulations, especially for physical exam skills, communication skills, clinical reasoning, and basic procedural skills; and setting passing standards for performance exams.

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, Dr. Yudkowsky indicated she has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest to disclose.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.

Continuing Education Credit

  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hours.    
  • DO: Des Moines University is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this live activity for 1.0 AOA Category 2-A CME credit(s).
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content for this activity and the selection of speakers are responsibilities of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/23/2016 - 11:00am CDT
Event ends: 
08/23/2016 - 12:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Ryan Hall 281
Des Moines , IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME


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