Ten Tips for Passing the OSCE
A Practical Guide For Success In The Objective Structured Clinical Examinations
The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) has become the predominant method of assessing clinical competence. Taking an OSCE is a skill which needs to be learned. Medical curriculum provides little formal training in this area.
Rather than dealing with complex pedagogical principles, this book gives simple and practical advice on OSCEs. Ten practical tips are provided including how to get to the core objective, use of appropriate language and dealing with the standardized patient.
Clinical scenarios illustrate the main teaching points. A practice OSCE case is included for readers to apply their knowledge gained from the book.
This succinct resource will help candidates at all levels of medical training (undergraduate and postgraduate) get through their OSCEs successfully.
“Excellent and very practical. Evaluating undergraduate and postgraduate medical students by means of the OSCE has brought a new level of objectivity and fairness to the examination process. To some degree, the OSCE can serve as an educational intervention as well as an evaluative tool. For students new to the OSCE procedure, and for those who have already experienced it, this booklet should serve as a valuable guide toward success. In fulfilling that purpose it may also play a small but significant role in transforming good students into effective clinicians.”
Richard Goldbloom MD, FRCPC, OC
Professor of Pediatrics
Chancellor, Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Dr. Mohsin Rashid MBBS, MEd, FRCP(C) is a member of the Division of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Canada. He is a paediatric gastroenterologist and a clinician educator with extensive experience in teaching medical trainees at all levels. He has developed and administered OSCEs both for the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and has been an examiner for pre-clinical medical students, clinical clerks, residents and physicians taking the national licensing examination.
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