Heather Batten is a drama student at the Poor School in London. In the November 2005 obstetrics and gynaecology objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) she played the part of a 30 year old women with an abnormal smear and a pregnant 25 year old whose membranes had ruptured at 22 weeks, as Sabreena Malik found out.
I have been in several plays at university and drama school as well as a Bollywood music video and a DVD for a travel company. The closest thing I£ve done to the OSCEs, however, is improvisations—they are similar because you don£t know what the doctors are going to say or the approach they will take.
As with all exams, some people were nervous. In many cases it was obvious that the examinees£ behaviour would be different in real life and holes were being dug because exam nerves were getting the better of them. Up to a point, all situations were redeemable, although once some examinees lost their thread they found it difficult to get their confidence back. I would suggest that if you can sense the acting patient is not happy with the situation then you should ask, “Is there anything I£ve said that is confusing or not clear or