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Table 3 OSCE performance (percentages) at end of academic year 2010/11 for second year students (n = 89) 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, 2) 79 (46, 100) n = 61 (69%) 79 (50, 100) n = 28 (31%)
Hip examination 0 (0, 1) 62 (38, 97) n = 86 (97%) 72 (69, 76) n = 3 (3%)
Suturing 1 (0, 3) 63 (25, 100) n = 44 (49%) 70 (30, 100) n = 45 (51%)
Female pelvic examination 0 (0, 2) 78 (35, 100) n = 61 (69%) 83 (65, 96) n = 28 (31%)
Respiratory examination 0 (0, 1) 90 (67, 100) n = 83 (93%) 88 (76, 100) n = 6 (7%)
Cranial nerve examination 0 (0, 2) 75 (39, 100) n = 66 (74%) 75 (50, 89) n = 23 (26%)
Cardiovascular examination 0 (0, 1) 76 (62, 95) n = 84 (94%) 67 (62, 81) n = 5 (6%)
Phlebotomy 1 (0, 4) 79 (16, 95) n = 25 (28%) 89 (47, 100) n = 64 (72%)