How to revise for your clinical exams
If you’re new to practical exams, here’s some advice . . .
- By: Robert Cullum, Eliot Rees
Clinical exams can cause anxiety and stress, especially when you have never done any before. In this article we offer some tips on how you can best prepare for these exams in the months, weeks, and days before.
Familiarise yourself with the format of your medical school’s practical exams so you can tailor your revision accordingly. Each medical school will have a different style: some have short case objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and others might have long case objective structured long examination record (OSLER).
Knowing the format will help guide the depth and breadth of knowledge you need to revise and the techniques you need to master. It can also be useful to know what topics and questions have come up in the past—for example, is there a patient with a large hernia that is brought in for exams every year? Exams can change year to year, however, so