Hot Tips by Dr Miles Meyrick
The way to pass the OSCE is to be absolutely safe. Competency comes a very close second. After all, you are going to be allowed to practice completely unsupervised, anywhere in Australia, across the entire spectrum of the 5 domains of General Practice.
Hot Tips by Dr Raquel Galman
This is the most important thing to do while doing the RACGP OSCE exams. If you are relaxed, then you can think more properly and deliver what is asked of you.
Practise, practise, practise!- Another important thing to do.
Even if you know a lot, if you don't practise on how to deliver it, then you can end up failing. Remember, this is an oral exam and you need to practise on how to say things. You need to use simple words that your patient will be able to understand unless it is a VIVA case wherein you can use medical terms because you are talking to the examiner directly. Make sure that you tackle all the required tasks. Example, if your task is to do physical examination only, then you don't need to do history taking. If your task is to explain how you will manage this case and they are not asking you to do history and physical examination, then don't do history and physical examination. Just go straight to management. Therefore, you need to have a clear head to be able to concentrate on the tasks required. If the task is multiple, time management is very important. Make sure to tackle all tasks to earn points. Don't dwell too much on one task not realizing that you don't have time to do other tasks anymore. Remember, examiners have checklists that they need to tick for you to pass. Therefore, you need to deliver a lot to be able to get a lot of ticks in the checklist.
Hot Tips by Dr Tricia Qld
1 Treat every patient every day in the way as if you are doing OSCE.
(b) Once patients in the room, build rapport, find out your task and patients' expectation.
(c) Good communication very important, patients will help you if you listen carefully.
(e) Time management, try to finish in time.
(g) Use your supervisors, run at least a case daily with your supervisors even you are happy with every case you managed, their experience is invaluable.
2. Treat your OSCE as a normal day at work and have fun, the "patients' are good patients, your task are easier than normal day of work. You just need to find out their expectation and show them you can meet their expectation in time.
3. Knowledge and clinic experience are the base, of course.
4. Manage your stress and have a life during the preparation time .
Hot Tips by Dr Fredrick Qld
These are my hot tips:
Hot Tips by Dr Philips Qld
Start studying at least six months before exams as there is a lot to cover.
- Form a study group with like minded people.
- For the written exam consider working through the RACGP “Check” programs.
- Ask past candidates if they have any old exams / study material.
- Attend the RACGP practice clinical exam (well worth it).
- Use Susan Wearne’s “Clinical cases for general practice exams” to practice clinical cases with your study group.
- Make sure you time your practice cases. Even try running a few together – it can be exhausting but is what the exam is like.
- Practice specific systems examination when seeing real patients – try to stick to the exam time limit.
- In the exam if a station goes poorly, make sure you “shake it off” and don’t let it affect the next station. One bad station will not fail you.
Hot Tips by Dr Lincoln Vu Melbourne
There were 2 long cases and 12 short cases.
Essentially all stations are presented with a health summary sheet and a page of instructions which will all include taking a history, examination, presenting a problem list and/or differential diagnoses, requesting relevant investigations, formulating a management plan.
Essentially every station you will have to go through all these processes. Majority of stations the examination findings are given to you on a sheet of paper when asked. There were 2 stations I encountered where you had to perform the examination yourself and this clue would be given on the instruction sheet.
Joint examination station station example:
Health summary of middle aged man given. Instructions would say to take a history from patient, demonstrate appropriate examination if applicable, when you are finished tell the examiner your differential diagnosis and ask for any relevant investigations. Formulate a management plan for the patient.
Reading the instructions will allow you to plan and allocate time for appropriate phases of the consultation. When practicing OSCE, it should be noted that it does take you a couple of minutes to read and digest the examination findings and interpret investigation reports so aim to wrap everything up in 6 minutes otherwise you will lose points for running out of time and not being able to discuss management and follow-up.