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Simultaneous Resident and Faculty Evaluation of an Airway Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Published: October 19, 2011 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9020

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Our anesthesiology department has instituted an elective advanced difficult airway curriculum for the third-year clinical anesthesiology resident. One of the metrics that is used for assessment of this rotation is the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). Using the Difficult Airway Algorithm as a guide, three clinical skill sets and one multiple-choice question set were utilized as OSCE stations. The rotation is a multi-modal program that consists of computer and partial task simulation, web-based didactics, problem-based learning discussions and intraoperative experience. The skills tested include fiberoptic bronchoscopy, fiberoptic-guided supraglottic ETT exchange, and cricothyrotomy. The OSCE has been effective in identifying that residents are competent in airway management skills as well as those residents that may benefit from continued advanced airway management training.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Assess competency and confidence in multiple clinical airway management techniques in a timed scenario.
  2. Evaluate airway management theory using multiple-choice questions in a timed scenario.
  3. Establish objective evaluation metrics utilizing residents and faculty as observers.

Author Information

  • Tracey Straker, MD, MPH: Montefiore Medical Center
  • Angela Vick, MD: Montefiore Medical Center

None to report. 

Dr. Tracey Straker received a $5000 grant from the Society for Airway Management for development of an electronic airway log.

Prior Presentations
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Straker T, Vick A. Simultaneous resident and faculty evaluation of an airway objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). MedEdPORTAL. 2011;7:9020. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9020