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Fam Process. 2011 Dec;50(4):544-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2011.01375.x.

Developing an outcome-based assessment for family therapy training: the Rochester Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (ROSCE).

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Department of Psychiatry, Institute for the Family, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14642, USA.


This paper addresses a growing need for cost-effective, outcome-based assessment in family therapy training. We describe the ROSCE, a structured, evidence-informed, learner-centered approach to the assessment of clinical skills developed at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The ROSCE emphasizes direct observation of trainees demonstrating clinical competencies. The format integrates both formative and summative assessment methods. It can readily be adapted to a wide variety of educational and training settings.

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