Tips for the childhood immunisation OSCE
A guide on how to structure your consultation and answer common questions
Communicating with parents about the benefits of childhood immunisation and addressing their concerns is a common objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) station at medical schools in the United Kingdom.
The goal of this station is to assess your communication skills—how you elicit and respond to parents’ concerns, rather than bombarding them with information in order to encourage vaccine uptake.
In this article we give advice on how to structure your consultation and how to answer common questions you might be asked at this type of OSCE station.
The ICE acronym (ideas, concerns, expectations) is a useful tool for structuring your opening conversations in any communications based OSCE station. Using ICE can help you to gauge a parent’s level of understanding and pitch your response accordingly.
Adverse events to vaccines do occur, so you must empathise and validate parental concerns rather than dismissing them. If you do not acknowledge their concerns,