Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 310–315

The OSCE Has Landed: One Small Step for British Psychiatry?

  • Justin Sauer
  • Brian Hodges
  • Alastair Santhouse
  • Nigel Blackwood
Original Article

DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.29.3.310

Cite this article as:
Sauer, J., Hodges, B., Santhouse, A. et al. Acad Psychiatry (2005) 29: 310. doi:10.1176/appi.ap.29.3.310



In the United Kingdom (UK), an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) has replaced the individual patient assessment (IPA) for part 1 of the membership examination of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych). The authors’ assessment of the OSCE was conducted.


Residents completed and evaluated an OSCE designed according to guidelines set by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


These residents considered the OSCE fair (86%) and appropriate (89%) in assessing clinical ability. They believed that the OSCE reflected the skills required in clinical practice and found it preferable to the IPA.


The OSCE received positive evaluation from residents.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Justin Sauer
    • 1
  • Brian Hodges
    • 2
  • Alastair Santhouse
    • 3
  • Nigel Blackwood
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley HospitalPsychological Medicine (P070)LondonUK
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryGuy’s HospitalLondonUK

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