Evaluation of Clinical Skills of Family Physicians in Fars Province by Means of Observed Structured Clinical Evaluation


Mehrab Sayadi 1 , * , Hasan Joolaee 1 , Mahvash Alizadeh 1 , Mohammad Hossein Fallahzadeh 1 , Ali Baseri 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Sayadi M, Joolaee H , Alizadeh M , Fallahzadeh M H , Baseri A . Evaluation of Clinical Skills of Family Physicians in Fars Province by Means of Observed Structured Clinical Evaluation, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2010 ; 7(2):e60513.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 7 (2); e60513
Published Online: January 15, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 20, 2017
Accepted: October 20, 2010




Background & Objective: Medical education provides an opportunity to train individuals for patient care. Evaluation of physicians’ capabilities, as an important part of each educational system, can reflect the efficacy of Medical education curriculum and also continuous educational programs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical skills of family physicians in Fars/Iran by using Observed Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE). Methods: In this cross sectional study, from a total of 320 physicians employed in the family physician project of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, 79 physicians were selected by systematic sampling and participated in 19 designed stations. Data were gathered by a structured questionnaire with acceptable validity and reliability. Correlation tests and t-test with significant level of 0.05 were used for data analysis. Results: From 79 participants, 49 ones (62%) were male. The total OSCE score was 190 and the acquired mean score by participants was 113±15. There was a significant relationship between OSCE score and participants’ gender (0.004), while no significant relationship was observed between OSCE score and variables of graduation place and employment status. Conclusion: Poor capability of family physicians in providing good health care services requires several interventions for improving their clinical skills.


Medical education Family physician Clinical skill Continuous education

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