Ten tips to ace your final year OSCE
Mohammed Qureshi, a foundation year 2 doctor offers advice on how to prepare for your practical exams
By spending time on the wards you will gain insight into how to manage patients holistically and identify clinical signs first hand. Do this from the start of your clinical years. Be proactive and ask junior doctors to direct you to patients with classic histories and common clinical signs that are relevant to your exams, and visit a variety of specialty wards.
Practising objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) scenarios with friends on the wards, and also away from them, can help you to see each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and you can offer constructive feedback. Test each other under strict exam conditions. Designate roles of examiner, patient, and medical student. Away from group revision, you need to decide on the framework that you will use at each station and memorise a list of common symptoms to ask for, relating to each system. It is also worth recording yourself so you