To investigate medical students' performance at and perceptions of the mental state examination (MSE) at a medical school with a modern integrated curriculum. We undertook an evaluative case study comprising a survey and analysis of performance data. The study is presented in two parts: part 2 reports the students' performance data as assessed by integrated structured clinical examination (ISCE).
About a third of students (32.7%) thought that the MSE ISCE was more difficult than the non-MSE ISCE from the questionnaire data. The evidence from the ISCE performance data indicates that there are no significant differences between the scores of students in the MSE station and the non-MSE stations.
Most studnets do not find the MSE ISCE station more difficult than other ISCE stations. Perhaps therefore students should be reassured that assessments in psychiatry are just like other assessments in medicine. For some students, however, performing at the MSE ISCE station is a more complex challenge.
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