Objective structured clinical examination
- By: Vicky Mottram
Or OSCE for short. The most barbaric examination ever invented since Madame Guillotine had her apprentices testing the equipment on each other to check their technique. I hate OSCEs. I hate them. Words have not been invented to express the depth of my loathing for this type of assessment. There is not a cell in my body that does not detest OSCEs. Even the 14 mites on each of my eyelashes sigh with relief at the ending of another OSCE ordeal. Is the theme of this article becoming clear?
For those of you yet to experience the delights offered by an OSCE, let me explain. The standard format consists of a circuit of a number of stations, each comprising a task to be attempted in a set period of time, usually about five minutes. So you find yourself trying to counsel someone about future contraceptive needs, then a bell sounds