As the use of telemedicine increases, there is a need to help train future clinicians for this new practice model. The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has developed TeleOSCEs addressing a variety of medical conditions to meet this need. The TeleOSCE functions as a formative exam and is administered to third-year medical students completing their 5-week family medicine clerkship at OHSU. Three competency areas are assessed in the TeleOSCE:
- Clinical knowledge
- Patient-centered use of technology
- Understanding of the geographic and socioeconomic realities of rural patients
The TeleOSCE can be implemented virtually with all participants (student, standardized patient (SP), and faculty observer) participating from different locations. It can also be performed “in-person” with the student and faculty observer in one room and the SP joining remotely via a computer screen. Regardless of the configuration, the clinical encounter takes place via the simulated telemedicine interface. OHSU utilizes an Adobe Connect virtual meeting room but alternative, free videoconferencing platforms, such as Skype, could be substituted.
- Case: Foot Sore Diabetes – Telemedicine
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- Case: Sinusitis – Telemedicine
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