How to approach your first OSCE
Tips for the uninitiated
Your first OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) is likely to be one of the most daunting experiences at medical school. OSCEs require you to display a mix of knowledge, technique, effective communication, and professionalism while being examined under the glare of your assessors—a task that even experienced candidates find scary. This article offers seven tips on how to excel and keep calm before, during, and after your first OSCE.
The OSCE is like a game of play acting. An actor or expert patient plays the part of the patient, and you take on the role of the doctor examining them. This can seem an artificial experience, but draw on the time that you’ve spent on the wards talking to patients to guide you. If you haven’t seen any patients yet, think back to which open questions worked well during previous clinical or communication skills sessions. Practise with friends. Take turns