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September 5, 2001

Use of a Mechanical Simulator to Assess Pelvic Examination Skills

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(9):1021-1023. doi:10.1001/jama.286.9.1019

To the Editor: Inherent difficulties in assessing clinical competence have spawned wide use and evaluation of objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) with standardized patients.1,2 Despite costly and time-consuming implementation, numerous academic medical centers report successful clinical skills evaluations using OSCEs, including data gathering, data interpretation, and patient-physician communication.3,4 However, objective evaluation of technical skills remains difficult.5,6