What are medical OSCEs?

OSCE stands for “Objective Structured Clinical Examination.” OSCEs are very helpful in medical education because they allow a student to practice and demonstrate clinical skills in a standardized medical scenario.

How do I practice OSCEs?

Preparing for an OSCE – 5 tips to help you face your fears

  1. Learn from previous OSCEs – but don’t let them define your next one. Always remember:
  2. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.
  3. Believe you are a healthcare professional.
  4. Use the reading time before each station.
  5. Watch OSCE videos on YouTube.

How are OSCEs scored?

Station-level global grades are awarded on five-point scale (0 = fail, 1 = borderline, 2 = pass, 3 = good pass; 4 = excellent pass).

Are OSCEs pass fail?

A key but difficult task in OSCEs is making pass/fail decisions in cases of borderline performance. To handle this issue, many standard-setting methods have been introduced and implemented in a range of clinical examinations 8.

What do you wear to OSCEs?

An OSCE case is meant to be a ‘snippit’ of a real consultation in ‘GP land’, so wear what you would normally wear to work and what you feel most comfortable in, whilst still appearing professional.

Can you practice OSCE alone?

It’s possible to study OSCEs alone. Make the best of what you’ve got! EDIT: To answer your questions above, in terms of examining signs – I examined patients close to finals whilst on placement. Even if you’re practising on friends, they’re unlikely to have any real signs.

How hard are OSCEs?

OSCEs or Objective Structured Clinical Exams are the ‘practical’ exam of medical school. It aims to prepare you for the clinical and communication aspects of becoming a doctor. They can seem really difficult and stressful, but with enough practice, you are likely to score well.

How hard is it to pass an OSCE?

Lack of practice Make no mistake – the exam is very tough. Over 50% of candidates failed the 2016 sitting. Unless you are freakishly good at cramming you will need to set aside at least 3 months to prepare. IMGs will all study in different ways.

How do you fail OSCE?

Let’s take a closer look at the top things that nurses fail on in their OSCE tests…

  1. Lack or failure of Communication.
  2. Failure to read the scenarios and instructions accurately and properly.
  3. Unable to complete the documentation on time.
  4. Failure to perform the hand hygiene.
  5. Failure to identify patient’s allergy.

How difficult is OSCE?

The OSCE simulates a clinical environment and patient scenarios that registered nurses and midwives are likely to encounter when assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating care. Most nurses who have taken the OSCE test would say it is the hardest, easy test they have taken in their entire lives.

Are the OSCEs easy?