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Abstract: PO1056

"Breaking Bad News" During the COVID-19 Epidemic: A Virtual Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for Nephrology Fellows

Session Information

  • Educational Research
    November 04, 2021 | Location: On-Demand, Virtual Only
    Abstract Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Category: Educational Research

  • 800 Educational Research

Authors

  • Watson, Maura A., Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, United States
  • Howle, Anna M., Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, United States
  • Lenz, Oliver, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Scalese, Ross J., University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States
  • King, Joshua D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Bolanos, Jonathan Alexis, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Yuan, Christina M., Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Group or Team Name

  • Nephrology Education Research & Development Consortium
Background

The “Breaking Bad News” OSCE assesses fellow counselling/communication skills in 20-minute simulation scenarios: kidney replacement therapy (KRT) in ESKD, urgent KRT in AKI, and kidney biopsy. In-person simulation was impractical during the COVID epidemic, so we adapted the OSCE to a virtual platform.

Methods

The AKI scenario was audio only. Fellows called a simulated patient (SP) surrogate for urgent KRT consent. The ESKD and kidney biopsy scenarios were video encounters between fellows and SPs. Faculty observed while muted/video off. After each scenario, fellows received feedback from SPs and faculty (unmuted/video on). Fellows from 3 programs at 2 centers completed the OSCE in May 2021. Post-OSCE, fellows were anonymously surveyed about each scenario, the OSCE overall, and their estimate of the percent of outpatient encounters and inpatient KRT counseling they had done virtually in the past year.

Results

15 fellows did the OSCE; 14 completed the survey (93% response rate). 93% rated the OSCE overall as a good/very good approximation of a telemedicine experience. 100% were satisfied/very satisfied with the AKI scenario, 79% with the ESKD, and 77% with the kidney biopsy scenarios. Several commented that the AKI scenario was most realistic—they often counseled surrogates by telephone for urgent KRT. Fellows estimated that about 25% (median 27.5%; IQR 16-50%) of counseling for acute inpatient KRT was done virtually in the past year. They estimated about 50% (median 52.5%; IQR 36-70%) of outpatient encounters were done virtually in the past year, but several (dissatisfied with the ESKD and kidney biopsy scenarios) indicated they would not have counseled similar outpatients using telemedicine.

Conclusion

Overall, fellows felt the OSCE well-approximated virtual encounters. All were satisfied with the AKI scenario. The majority were satisfied with the ESKD and Kidney Biopsy scenarios, but some did not feel they were consistent with normal practice. The OSCE allows fellows to practice telemedicine communication skills that will remain relevant post-pandemic. The views expressed in this abstract are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of Defense or U.S. Government.

Funding

  • Other U.S. Government Support