Medical Student OSCEs
Through books and online resources, Pastest provides all the guidance and practice you need to impress the examiners at each station
5 things you need to know about the Medical Student OSCEs exam:
While no two med schools teach their course exactly the same, the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) contains the same categories. These include Cardiovascular Medicine, Gastrointestinal Medicine, Genitourinary Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatric Medicine, Psychiatry, Respiratory Medicine, plus Other Skills.
Preparing for Practical
While a practical exam can be difficult to prepare for, we’ve ensured that we have the widest range of revision resources for the OSCEs so you can feel ready. Alongside our books and online content, Pastest also has over 70 videos for you to work through, plus Spot Diagnosis, giving you a variety of media to help you maximise your performance.
You can prepare and revise for the OSCEs exam with our resources, but how you present yourself can also make a difference. There are no points for dressing smartly for the OSCEs, but examiners will appreciate that you’re taking the exam seriously. If you have long hair, be sure to tie it back/up before beginning the exam, and ensure that you’re not wearing anything below the elbow such as rings, bracelets, or watches. Don’t worry; if a station requires timing, then a timer will be provided.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to the patient, and have them clarify their identity for you. Be sure to treat them gently when conducting your examination, as they may have been examined a dozen times before you’ve seen them. Finally, above all, ensure that you’re respectful and polite to the patient that you’re examining; they’re often real patients giving up their free time for your exam, so be grateful towards them.
Best Practice & Stations
One way to keep up best practice during your OSCEs is to ensure you wash your hands at the beginning and end of every station; not only should you be doing this anyway, but it’s usually worth 2 marks. If you’re unsure of anything you’re being asked, then ask the examiner for clarification; you won’t lose marks for asking, but you will if you perform something incorrectly. If you realise you missed something at an earlier station, then go back and do it; you won’t lose points for this or having the order of the stations wrong, but you will if you completely forget an important part of an examination. And finally, if a station has provided equipment, then use it!