Using Simulation for Assessment: High-Stakes, Low-Stakes

An advanced course in assessing performance in a simulated environment

Next Course Dates To Be Announced

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • describe the history, use and theory of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) using simulation
  • differentiate the role of OSCEs vs other types of assessment modalities
  • develop an OSCE-style assessment tool including a simulation-based problem and scoring sheet appropriate for testing objectives
  • demonstrate the application of the OSCE-style assessment tool developed by trainee
  • assess the validity and reliability of the OSCE assessment tool based on sound test review principles and data obtained from the trial run
  • review and refine the assessment tool based on a critical review of the experience as well as input from faculty and fellow trainees
  • evaluate learning


Course Description

This instructor course has been designed to develop professional staff to use simulation for assessment with a focus on Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs) for high-stakes and low-stakes. The course will include didactic and experiential learning, practice, and reflective feedback. Each participant will have the opportunity to develop, implement, and critique an assessment case and tool.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for physicians and 13.25 contact hours for nurses.



An example schedule is available for viewing. For additional information and to register, please contact Sally Rudy MSN RN-BC CHSE at (717) 531-5813 or