By Don Scott MD, MHS
The Observed Structured Teaching Exercise (OSTE) is a performance-based teaching assessment,
using standardized learners. This User's Manual Provides detailed materials facilitating implementation
and evaluation of a 4 Station Geriatrics OSTE (G-OSTE) Exercise, designed to improve the geriatric medicine
teaching skills of non-geriatricians in the in-patient setting.
This G-OSTE Module can be used to complement specific components of the CHAMP Curriculum, or it can
be used as a stand-alone geriatric medicine teaching-skills exercise. The cases are focused on teaching
geriatrics on the in-patient wards and include the following: (1) Screening for Dementia: Using the
Mini-Cog--A Bedside Case; (2) Delirium: Risk Assessment, Recognition, & Prevention Strategies--A Door-Side;
(3) Foley Catheters: Indications & Inability to Void--A Bedside Case; (4) Transitions of Care: The Ideal Hospital
Discharge--A Card-Flip Case in the Conference Room. The following materials are provided: 1) Background on OSTE's;
2) the G-OSTE Cases; 3) Feedback forms for Standardized Students and/or Observers; 4) Preceptor’s Guidelines;
5) "Quality Assurance"/Evaluation forms for Preceptors Performance; 6) Teaching Aids (Pocket Cards);
7) Retrospective Pre-Post G-OSTE Module Evaluation Forms; 8) Sample Logistical Plans.
For a comprehensive explanation of CHAMP, please refer to the CHAMP Overview and User's Guide.