Direct Observation


Definition: the process of observing a learner (e.g., student, resident) during an actual patient encounter for the purpose of assessing clinical skills

Aim: to help preceptors gather accurate information about a learner’s performance in real-life clinical scenarios

Assessment: communication skills, history taking, physical exam techniques, information giving, procedural skills, professionalism, entrustable professional activities (EPAs), and evaluation of competence

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