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Pharmacy OSCEs and Competency-Based Assessments

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ISBN: 978-0-7020-6701-3

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Pharmacy OSCEs and Competency-Based Assessments

By Sharon Haughey, PhD and Roisin O'Hare, DPharm

244 pages
Trim Size 5 13/16 X 8 1/4 in
Copyright 2018
$45.95, Paperback, Reference

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Patient safety is now a very strong focus of pharmacy degrees. Competency-based evaluations of pharmacy students using simulated assessments including Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and Criterion Referenced Assessments (CRAs) are increasingly commonplace. These are designed to simulate aspects of real-life pharmacy practice in order to train students to integrate their knowledge of medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, therapeutics, legislation, clinical skills, numeracy, communication and empathy, and to test a student’s ability to provide safe and effective patient care.

This book provides a unique resource to support students and trainers in developing and practising these essential skills. It is designed as a useful resource for undergraduate students, clinical tutors and those involved in teaching students on pharmacy degree courses.


  • OSCE outline
    • Format (written/interactive)
    • Level of difficulty
    • Time limit
    • Props supplied (e.g. BNF)
    • Competencies tested

  • Station task
  • Model Answers and sample marking schemes
  • Tips

Key Features

  • Short chapter introductions about how to tackle the type of problems encountered in the chapter.

  • Station examples to test your ability to integrate knowledge and skills.
  • Stations written in detail so that you can practise and then check or score performance against model answers.
  • Examples of competency-based assessments designed to assess the level of integration between science and practice.

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Author Information

By Sharon Haughey, PhD, Senior Lecturer (Education), School of Pharmacy, Queen's University, Belfast, UK and Roisin O'Hare, DPharm, School of Pharmacy, Queen's University, Belfast, UK

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