NMBE U Online Lessons

Developing Rating Scales and Checklists for OSCEs


Lesson Objectives

  1. Describe the differences between rating scales and checklists and identify scenarios in which each might be used.
  2. Explain the implications of scale choice on rater biases and other factors that impact scoring in an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
  3. Explain the implications of scale choice on the reliability and validity of an OSCE.


Suggested NBME U Companion Courses

  • An Introduction to the Use of Generalizability Theory in OSCEs
  • Building a Clinical Skills Center
  • Provision of Feedback by Standardized Patients
  • Quality Assurance of Standardized Patients
  • Reality Check: Promoting Realism in SPs
  • Training Physicians to Rate OSCE Patient Notes
  • Working with Standardized Patients for Assessment
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