7 Dos and Don'ts for Passing the OSCE on your first try
Are you worried about your Objective Structured Clinical Examination and don't know how to get confidence in your preparation? Then you don't have to be concerned about anything. We've put up a list of 7 dos and don'ts to help you prepare for and pass the OSCE on your first attempt.
Don’t give generic information.
The candidate is expected to provide information or advice relevant to the patient's condition at some stations. Do not miss the purpose of these stations. Avoid giving general statements when you are expected to provide quality information that shows your ability as a medical professional.
Do listen attentively to what your patient is telling.
Standardized Patients frequently complain that OSCE candidates do not pay attention to them and thereby miss important information. If a patient's answer is unclear and the problem is critical, look into it more.
Don’t ignore the instructions.
Make sure you understand both the task and the patient's condition. Make sure you follow the directions because they will give you a straightforward task. For example, if you're requested to take a focused history, you'll only be graded if you do so in a clinically appropriate manner. You will not receive credit for counseling the patient if the assigned task is to take a history.
Do communicate well with your patient.
Don't ask the patient as many questions as you can, especially if you're hoping to fill the Physician Examiner checklist with them. Your approach must be coordinated and concise, preferably based on a differential diagnosis or the process of producing one.
Don’t talk too much.
OSCE is not the time to brag about theoretical knowledge. Instead of quoting textbooks to the examiner, the candidate should communicate with the patient in a manner that they will comprehend. Your manner conveys a lot about your attitude toward the patient. Avoid lecturing and bravado.
Don’t assume the examiner can read your mind.
You won't get credit for physical examination maneuvers unless you tell the examiner you're about to do one and what findings you're looking for.
In most circumstances, the examiner is given findings to report to you, but only after you specify which examination you would perform and what you would look for. In most circumstances, the examiner is given findings to report to you, but only after you specify which examination you would perform and what you would look for.
Do manage your time well.
Time management is crucial because OSCE stations have time limitations.
OSCE can appear to be extremely difficult and stressful, but with enough practice and preparation, you should be able to succeed. I hope these suggestions are helpful and make you feel less concerned. Believe in yourself, future #AURNs!
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