Peer observation in simulated CASC events and its effects on learning

Isabel McMullen, Ken Checinski, Susan Halliwell, Michael Maier, Oyepeju Raji, Gianetta Rands, Ranga Rao
2013 The Psychiatrist  
Aims and method Passing the MRCPsych Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) is a significant challenge for trainee psychiatrists. We describe the process of setting up a new educational intervention of a simulated CASC examination incorporating peer observation, and report the findings from these events. Results The training events involved a series of simulated scenarios followed by personalised feedback from examiners. Peer observation was a fundamental part of the events and
more » ... s viewed positively by the trainees with perceived improvements in knowledge and skills. Differences in self-rated and examiner-rated competence were observed more often in those who subsequently failed the CASC. Clinical implications Simulated CASC examination as a training event with a strong focus on observing and learning from peers provides a useful learning experience and supports trainees who are preparing for the CASC examination.
doi:10.1192/pb.bp.112.039677 fatcat:fqwj3gdmm5a4xnip43sxhgnqiu