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Table 2 OSCE performance (percentages) at end of Academic Year 2010/11 for first year students (n = 99) by engagement with SDL

From: Outcomes of Irish graduate entry medical student engagement with self-directed learning of clinical skills

Skill practised and tested Number of SDL sessions per student median (min, max) Exam performance (no SDL) median (min, max) n (% of total) Exam performance (1 or more SDL sessions) median (min, max) n (% of total)
*Basic life support 0 (0, 5) 83 (38, 97) n = 81 (82%) 90 (76, 97) n = 18 (18%)
Eye examination 0 (0, 5) 85 (15, 100) n = 60 (61%) 85 (31, 100) n = 39 (39%)
Abdominal examination 0 (0, 1) 76 (36, 100) n = 97 (98%) 90 (88, 92) n = 2 (2%)
Female Ppelvic examination 0 (0, 3) 83 (65, 100) n = 79 (80%) 87 (61, 96) n = 20 (20%)
Blood pressure 0 (0, 5) 89 (22, 100) n = 67 (68%) 86 (33, 100) n = 32 (32%)
Cardiovascular examination 0 (0, 1) 75 (20, 95) n = 95 (96%) 75 (70, 85) n = 4 (4%)
Subcutaneous injection 0 (0, 3) 89 (43, 100) n = 73 (74%) 91 (68, 100) n = 26 (26%)
Peripheral nervous system (PNS) -sensory examination 0 (0, 1) 76 (47, 94) n = 93 (94%) 74 (65, 88) n = 6 (6%)
Cranial nerve examination 0 (0, 1) 75 (54, 96) n = 97 (98%) 84 (82, 86) n = 2 (2%)
  1. *Mann-Whitney test comparing median exam performance across groups (p = 0.024).