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Consultation Services

CSEC will provide an expert evaluation of your institution’s clinical skills program. Our comprehensive evaluation and consultation services include:

  • a full-day site visit by CSEC staff, who provide an introductory presentation; conduct meetings with faculty, standardized patients, students, and others; review the facility; and gather any available data
  • a preliminary fact sheet for review by your institution to confirm accuracy and completeness of information gathered during the site visit
  • review and analysis of your institution’s program by our experts
  • a final report offering an evaluation of and recommendations for all aspects of your program, including: the facility, standardized-patient involvement, teaching methodology, placement in the curriculum, and clinical skills integration across other disciplines

Faculty Development Workshops

CSEC will work with you to create workshops for your faculty and staff that target specific aspects of test development, administration, scoring, case development, assessment of written communication skills, and training. We will customize every aspect of these faculty development opportunities, creating workshops that:

  • teach the topics and tasks that you want to develop at your institution
  • address assessments at multiple levels (e.g., undergraduate and graduate)
  • range in length from 90 minutes to three days
  • accommodate as few as three and as many as 20 participants
  • are conducted on-site at your institution (domestic or international)

A small sample of CSEC’s faculty development workshops includes:

Case Development

SP-based assessments begin with case or scenario development, as cases are the foundation for both patient presentations and scoring instruments (e.g., checklists and rating scales). CSEC offers training in the methodology of developing cases based on assessment or course objectives to ensure that they are relevant to the construct being measured.

Assessing Written Communication Skills of Medical School Graduates

The ability of physicians to communicate with other health care workers, especially in writing, is a fundamental skill. CSEC creates workshops that teach an understanding of how a holistic evaluation of written patient summaries can provide reliable and valid assessment scores and that allow participants to become familiar with the development of rating scales and associated scoring criteria.

Measurement of Clinical Skills: Introductory

An accurate and timely assessment of clinical skills is a crucial part of undergraduate medical education, and the use of clinical skills examinations for both formative and summative student assessment is now widespread within the medical education community. CSEC workshops facilitate an understanding of the psychometric properties of clinical skills examinations and provide participants with the introductory information needed to understand and guide the development of the critical quantitative measures for clinical skills assessments using SPs.

Measurement of Clinical Skills: Advanced

A thorough understanding of the psychometric properties of clinical skills examinations is essential. CSEC workshops provide participants with information about the advanced measurement techniques necessary for demonstrating the quality, reliability, and validity of scores from a clinical skills assessment.

Quality Assurance for SP-based Exams

Quality assurance for examinations using SPs is vital to ensure that the SP performances are sufficiently accurate and standardized, and that the evaluators completing the checklists and scales used for scoring do so correctly and consistently. CSEC can prepare individuals to consider the key elements of quality assurance as applied to case development, SP and evaluator training, monitoring, and administrative aspects of implementing SP-based examinations.

Training Standardized Patients

SP training should result in portrayal that is realistic, accurate, and consistent across multiple examinees. While approaches to training vary widely across organizations, some training principles are common. CSEC offers a workshop that demonstrates these principles, including role playing and feedback.

Planning and Outfitting a Clinical Skills Center

Health professions schools are increasingly planning for centers for teaching and assessment of clinical skills. CSEC can provide an introduction to design and management of these centers, including planning, budgeting, and IT infrastructure.

Evidence-based Physical Diagnosis: Utilizing EBPE in Assessment Development

When developing case checklists for SP-based clinical skills assessments, faculty select required physical examination elements relevant to the patient’s problem, since in short encounters a full examination is not expected. These selections are based on data from the medical literature. This workshop guides faculty through this process so that they can apply similar methods when assessing clinical skills at their institutions.

Giving Feedback in the Clinical Setting

Feedback to the learner is essential in the acquisition of clinical skills. Unfortunately, the literature shows that the amount of feedback given to clinical students by faculty is very small. CSEC creates learning opportunities that focus on guidelines and techniques for improving the delivery of constructive feedback in a clinical setting.


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Last updated February 25, 2016.
Last updated February 25, 2016.