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MEDIA manages Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in the simulation rooms on the second floor of Beard Hall and in Karpen Hall in Asheville. OSCEs between a student and a standardized provider/preceptor or standardized patient take place in the School’s nine OSCE examination rooms. These rooms can also be used for team rooms, exam accommodations, multiple mini interviews (MMIs), and proctored sessions.

An OSCE is an evaluative tool used to assess health care professionals in a clinical setting. It assesses competency through direct observation by faculty. One benefit of an OSCE is that it is objective and reproducible, which allows for the uniform testing of students across a range of clinical skills.

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy utilizes the six types of OSCEs described below:

  1. Medication History: The student performs a comprehensive medication history interview with a patient/caregiver.
  2. Medication Education: The student provides medication education to a patient and/or caregiver on a medication and instructions for use.
  3. SCHOLAR-MAC: The student performs the SCHOLAR-MAC assessment to determine if a patient is a candidate for self-care. The student may make a non-prescription medication recommendation and provide education on the product to the patient.
  4. Presentation to a Preceptor (or Provider): The student provides an oral presentation of a clinical encounter to a pharmacist or other health care professional.
  5. SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation): The student provides an oral presentation utilizing the Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation technique to a pharmacist preceptor or other health care professional. Generally, students answer questions immediately following their oral presentation. (Students are not allowed to use resources to answer the question.)
  6. RTC (Real Time Consult): Students research and respond verbally in “real-time” to a focused clinical question related to familiar disease states based on a current case in the classroom. (Students are allowed to use resources to research the question.)

OSCEs are utilized in the curriculum as follows:

PY1 Spring PY2 Fall PY2 Spring PY3 Fall PY3 Spring
Medication History X
Medication Education X X
Presentation to a Preceptor X X