Virtual Learning and Assessment in Rheumatology Fellowship Training: OSCE Revisited

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Arthritis care & research


OBJECTIVE: With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, an annual multi-institutional face-to-face Rheumatology Objective Structured Clinical Examination (ROSCE) was transformed into a virtual format. The educational goals of the virtual ROSCE (vROSCE) were to reproduce the educational value of the previous in-person ROSCE, providing a valuable formative assessment of rheumatology training activities encompassing the six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Core Competencies for fellows-in-training (FITs). This report describes the novel design, feasibility, and stakeholder value of a vROSCE. METHODS: Through an established collaboration of five rheumatology fellowship training programs, in February 2021, a vROSCE was created and conducted using a Zoom® platform. Station development included learning objectives, FIT instructions, faculty proctor instructions, and a checklist by which to provide structured formative feedback. An anonymous, optional web-based survey was sent to FIT participants to evaluate the experience. RESULTS: Twenty-three rheumatology FITs from 5 institutions successfully rotated through six stations in the vROSCE. Immediate feedback was given to each FIT using standardized rubrics structured around ACGME Core Competencies. Sixty-five percent (15/23) of FITs responded to the survey. Ninety-three percent of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the vROSCE was a helpful educational activity and identified individualized opportunities for improvement. CONCLUSIONS: A vROSCE is an innovative, feasible, valuable, and well-received educational technology tool. The vROSCE enriched Rheumatology FITs' education and offered collaborative learning experiences across institutions. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.