OSCE’s are undertaken as part of the summative assessments in years 2, 3 and 4. The complexity of the stations increases as the year’s progress.
There should be stations of varying difficulty in each OSCE while all stations should be achievable and have been designed specifically for the year being assessed.
Year 2: (15th, 16th May, 28th, 29th June)
The level of performance we expect is that of a junior student who can:
- Establish and maintain a rapport with a patient.
- Be systematic in their enquiry about symptoms
- Carry out physical examinations and procedures
- Identify basic abnormalities
- Present their findings to a clinician
- Discuss the reasons a given diagnosis
Year 3: (4th, 5th June, 4th, 5th July)
The level of performance we expect is that of an experienced student who has had 2 years of patient contact and includes:
- History taking – can select and take an appropriate history (full or focused); provide differential diagnosis, justify and suggest appropriate investigations, discuss basic patient management.
- Communication – can adapt communication to the specific needs of the patient, relative or colleague depending on the situation.
- Examination – can select and carry out appropriate examinations and interpret the findings.
- Skills – can select and carry out the appropriate skills using a safe and effective approach.
Year 4: (23rd, 24th May, 21st, 22nd June)
The level of performance we expect is that of a senior student who can:
- Take a skilful history considering all aspects of the patients/relatives well-being, providing diagnosis and management options
- Is able to adapt to the needs of the patient, relative or colleague. Demonstrates the ability in difficult situations to support a patient, including shared decision making skills
- Can decide upon and undertake an appropriate examination explaining findings, diagnosis and management options to the patient or colleague
- Assess and manage the skill using appropriate safe technique including more complex skills or challenges