OSCEs at a Glance 2nd Edition PDF
Clinical examinations put fear into the hearts of many medical students. During a written exam, the mistakes can be ‘private’ whereas for clinical assessments there is always the danger of the hypothetical ‘hole’ being dug by the nervous student. Knowledge itself is only one requisite for becoming a competent doctor and, although important for clinical examinations, it is also essential to demonstrate the adequate skills and attitudes appropriate for a future doctor. There is still a tendency for students to focus too much of their work in the library rather than utilising the plethora of clinical signs and medical histories available on the wards. Facts alone will not permit success in clinical examinations and there is no substitute for perfecting your communication, history, examination and practical skills with a wide range of patients. There are multiple OSCE books available but many substitute ‘written’ questions for true OSCE clinical stations. The other potential drawback is that many of them only cover one subject. This text presents potential OSCE stations from all the clinical subjects taught at medical school. We have used a case by case approach with the idea that the student should try to picture him/herself as they enter the station and are presented with the instruction and introduced to the patient or task. Each station consists of an example instruction with appropriate history or examination hints relevant to the case. Examiner questions are incorporated as discussion points. Where possible the answers to these viva topics have been given but, as a revision aid, this text needs to be used in combination with more comprehensive texts in each of the subjects. In addition to standard text books, useful information can be found on the websites of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and also the Royal College websites where multiple guidelines are written for use in clinical practice. After our own personal experience of sitting OSCE style assessments, preparing students for them, and also as examiners, we feel this book uses a realistic approach to the OSCE exam and will help prepare students for the clinical exams throughout their medical school life.
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