Des Moines, IA US
March 20, 2012

WebOSCE: An online tool for remote encounters between learners and standardized patients for the practice, assessment, and remediation of clinical skills.

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-oftraining 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 webcampus.drexelmed.edu webosce for literature references and a video documentation on how WebOSCE works.


Christof J. Daetwyler, MD
Associate professor of family in community, and preventive medicine, developer of online resources for medical education, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

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
Professor of medicine and associate dean, Drexel University College of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

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.


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  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
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03/20/2012 - 11:00am CDT
Event ends: 
03/20/2012 - 12:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

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