Forceps-Assisted Vaginal Delivery Objective Structured Clinical Skills Exam (OSCE)

Publication ID Published Version
8562 October 26, 2011 1
University of Louisville School of Medicine


Currently, the average graduate from residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the United States has performed five forceps-assisted vaginal deliveries in the surgeon’s role during training (1). The relative rarity with which this procedure is performed limits opportunities for assessment of competence. This Objective Structured Clinical Examination was designed both to provide formative feedback to learners and to assist with summative manner assessment of competence in the performance of forceps-assisted vaginal delivery.

This learning resource gives instructions and assessment tools to implement a three-station OSCE in forceps-assisted vaginal delivery. The competencies of interpersonal communication and professionalism are assessed as residents complete an informed consent discussion station, medical knowledge and patient care are assessed at a forceps-assisted vaginal delivery simulation station, and patient care and professionalism are assessed at a documentation station.


Petruska S, Bohnert C. Forceps-Assisted Vaginal Delivery Objective Structured Clinical Skills Exam (OSCE). MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2011. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To conduct an informed consent discussion for operative vaginal delivery.
  2. To perform a forceps-assisted vaginal delivery with the obstetrical simulator demonstrating appropriate technique.
  3. To write a delivery note properly documenting the procedure.


  • OSCE, Operative Vaginal Delivery, Forceps-Assisted Vaginal Delivery, Informed Consent


  • Medical
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
  • Professionalism

Professional Interest

  • Assessment
  • Evaluation of Clinical Performance
  • Professionalism
  • Women's Health

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Case-based Instruction/Learning
  • Simulation

Organ Systems

  • Reproductive system

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident


  • Standardized Patient

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