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Disclosure of Adverse Events – An OSCE Series for Ob/Gyn Residents

Contributed on March 30, 2015, last updated June 30, 2022.



Amy Nakajima, MD, FRCSC, University of Ottawa
Glenn Posner, MD, MMEd, FRCSC, University of Ottawa

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This item outlines an approach to incorporate an disclosure meeting after an adverse event/patient safety incident occurs in an obstetrical context using an OSCE format. Assessment of communication skills and professionalism is discussed.

Learning Objectives:

After participating in this scenario, the learners will be able to: 1. describe the esstential components to an initial disclosure meeting; 2. indicate when an incident report should be completed; 3. explain the need for documentation after a disclosure meeting.

Simulation Modality:

Standardized/simulated patients or real patients


This design was used twice for OSCEs for the University of Ottawa Obstetrics and Gynecology residents in 2009, and have been incorporated in other obstetrical simulation sessions for these residents. In 2013, linked scenarios (clinical scenario, followed by an initial disclosure meeting with an SP) were created for University of Ottawa Anesthesiology residents (principal investigator: Dr. Victor Neira, Department of Anesthesiology, CHEO).


Nakajima A, Posner G. Disclosure of Adverse Events – An OSCE Series for Ob/Gyn Residents. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2015. Available from

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Target Learners






Graduate / postgraduate / residency

Fields / Disciplines:

Obstetrics & maternal-child

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