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Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) Program

An OSCE is an examination designed to test clinical skill performance and competence in a range of skills. It is a practical, real-world approach to learning and assessment.

OSCEs start with a simulated scenario involving a standardized patient. As the case plays out, instructors evaluate the student's clinical skills and diagnostic reasoning, which includes assessment and management of the patient's condition. Students should expect OSCEs to become more complex as their education continues.

Telehealth (Video Visits)

Our graduate students encounter standardized patients via a Telehealth (Video Visit). This recent expansion – 2 years ago – addressed the needs of our graduate students who are immersed in rural clinical setting and not able to return to campus for a traditional OSCE. 

Now more than ever this has proven to be an essential platform for our students’ education. We already perfected the Telehealth (Video Visit) platform prior to the COVID pandemic and required social distancing.


Virtual Rooms

We use the Simulation IQ system to provide our students with virtual rooms for telemedicine, telehealth encounters and standardized patient visits. These rooms simulate the patient experience for our nursing students – teaching them to care for patients virtually.

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Our OSCE Team

We are here to ensure our nursing students participate high-quality OSCE simulation experiences.

From left to right: Alan S. Saines, Jacqueline R. Sandoval, Therese Hidalgo, DNP, FNP-BC and Bryan L. Timms

Cutting-Edge Clinical Evaluation Program

It's one thing to have someone tell you how to handle a situation. It's another thing to learn about it first-hand. Thanks to new technology, UNM nursing students now have more chances to learn from life-like simulations.

Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations - OSCEs - are a teaching tool that have been used for decades to provide students with real-life scenarios that build the clinical competencies they will need throughout their careers.

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Become a Standardized Patient

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Contact Simulation Team


Interprofessional Healthcare Simulation Center
Building Number 200
Room 1404
1 University of New Mexico