Core Clinical Skills for MRCEM OSCEs
Part 1. The core clinical skills for OSCEs.
Part 2. Communications skills.
In the MRCEM Part C/OSCE exam it is vital to realise that, while there are certain stations designed to specifically test communications skills, every station has a communications skills element and that there are communications skills marks on most if not all marksheets. Thus, if there is one factor above all others that makes the difference between passing and failing the MRCEM Part C/OSCE exam it is a candidate’s communications skills. This is perhaps … … more in purchased course package.
From over 10 years of teaching communications skill at OSCE courses, here is a list of our 15 general tips for ensuring good communication in OSCEs (and real life). Try to master these basic communications skills and then practice them on all patients you see from now on. When you are confident in these basic skills, move on to the more advanced communications skills teaching in next months module: 1) SPEAK CLEARLY AND CONFIDENTLY. This is of paramount importance. You must … … more in purchased course package.
As emergency physicians, we are constantly assessing patients and giving presumptive diagnoses on a daily basis. As is the reality of the ED, many of our patients will have poor outcomes and unwelcome diagnoses. Good communication, empathy and timing will always remain the core of delivering any news, good or bad. In the OSCE setting, there are … … more in purchased course package.
Conflict is sadly part of our daily work, and negotiation skills are essential for working in the ED. The MRCEM OSCE will present a spectrum of cases that may either have elements of conflict management within them, (eg the ATLS stations with problematic referrals) or even complete stations that … … more in purchased course package.
The following comments are made by an actor with many years experience of role modeling patients for OSCE examinations and who gives the following tips from the other side of the OSCE table”! Remember that … … more in purchased course package.
Open and Closed Questions
Chest Pain History
Abdomen Pain History
Part 4. Clinical examination.
Part 5. Developing your core clinical skills for MRCEM Osces.
I hope by now you have understood the central importance of the core clinical skills – history taking, examination and communication to the MRCEM Part C/OSCE examination and have read through and watched the teaching material on this page. The question is where do you go from here? The answer of course is … … more in purchased course package.
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