Notes from the Field: Residents’ Perceptions of Simulation-Based Skills Assessment in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Abigail Ford Winkel, Paulomi Niles, Veronica T. Lerner, Sondra Zabar, Demian Szyld, Allison Squires

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Simulation in obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) training captures a range of interpersonal, cognitive, and technical skills. However, trainee perspectives on simulation-based assessment remain unexplored. After an observed structured clinical examination (OSCE) simulation hybrid exam, two focus groups of residents were conducted. Analysis grounded in a thematic coding guided the qualitative research process. Responses suggest a valuation of cognitive and technical skills over interpersonal skills. Realism was seen as critical and residents perceived the assessment as more valuable for the educator than the learner. Feedback was highly valued. Resident perspectives on this exam give insight into their perceptions of simulation-based assessment as well as their conceptions of their own learning through simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-125
Number of pages5
JournalEvaluation and the Health Professions
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • evaluation
  • feedback
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • objective structured clinical examination
  • simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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