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Common osc estations
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Common osc estations
Common osc estations
Common osc estations
Common osc estations
Common osc estations
Common osc estations
Common osc estations
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Common osc estations
Common osc estations
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  • 1. Common OSCE stations Paul Lord
  • 2. Overview• Common approach to all OSCE stations – What to expect – Advice for any station• Common themes – Intro to topics
  • 3. What to expect• Change in format from previous years• 10 minute stations – No mini-stations – No OSLERS• Examiners still expect you to cover the same competences• All stations on one day are the same in all exam locations• Most stations change from day to day – not all
  • 4. What to expect• Similar to previous years exams – Stations may have introductory information and time to prepare – Some stations are brief and you will get to leave early if completed – Don’t worry if you haven’t finished – you can still get full marks
  • 5. An approach to all stations• Smile• Listen to what is being asked – you can always ask the examiner to repeat/clarify• Introduce yourself• Obtain consent• WASH YOUR HANDS – Gloves may be available on some stations• Take your time – Look around the station – there may be clues – stop and think whenever you need to
  • 6. The examiners• Friendly – May prompt you – Will point things out for you• Uninterested (rude!) – Will give no indication of how you are doing – Look like they don’t want to be there• They are all trying to find reasons to pass you – not fail you
  • 7. PatientsToo obstructive Too helpful• Will not give you any • Will not shut up! information• Are worried about ‘giving • Can use up all of your time away the answer’ • Don’t be afraid to interrupt• Remember what your objective is
  • 8. COMMON THEMES
  • 9. Types of station• Communication• History taking• Examination• Spotters• Disease investigation and management
  • 10. Communication• In every station!• Handling complaints• Breaking news• Obtaining information / consent• Ethical discussions• Remember that it is still a quantitative exam
  • 11. Communication• Previous stations – Anxious parent +/- Non-accidental injury – Complaint about a GP in your practice – confidentiality – Explain a procedure – consent – Counselling e.g. HIV testing
  • 12. History taking• Formally – OSLERS – Can you take a comprehensive history – Common chronic/stable diseases• Shorter stations – Can you obtain pertinent information in limited time – Emergency situations – e.g. chest pain
  • 13. Examination• Full and comprehensive – Neuro exam – Visual fields – Cranial nerves• Quick and specific – “listen to this heart sound” – “examine this patients lower limb joints” – Followed by discussion about your findings
  • 14. Spotters• Used to be 5 minute stations• May now include more discussion about the disease• Always stable/chronic problems• Don’t be afraid to talk to the patients – Ask how long they have had it and what treatment they have had
  • 15. Spotters• Previous examples – Rheumatoid hand – AV Fistula – Dermatology – either eczema or psoriasis – Diabetic foot – Leg ulcer – Total knee/hip replacement (X-ray or patient) – (neurofibromatosis)• Don’t forget death certificates – this came up every day last year!
  • 16. Diseases and investigation• Common diseases – Ischaemic heart disease – Diabetes – Stroke – Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Rheumatoid Arthritis – Chronic renal failure
  • 17. Management• Basic Life Support• Acute coronary syndrome• Make sure you can quickly list investigations and management of common diseases
  • 18. Overall• WASH YOUR HANDS• Take your time• Ask for help from the patient• Stations are usually basic – you can get lots of marks for the correct approach

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