The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) explained
A guide for the uninitiated
Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) test your knowledge, competence, and safety against your medical school’s curriculum and the General Medical Council’s list of core competencies for graduates.1 They also form a major part of postgraduate training assessments.
At medical school, OSCEs take the form of short role plays or tasks, and are often used as formative clinical assessments from year one. OSCEs can be a daunting experience because they require you to demonstrate knowledge and skills in a confident manner under timed conditions.
I have written OSCEs and been an examiner for them. In this article, I give an overview of what to expect from an OSCE and tips on how to prepare yourself for them.