Experience from teaching MRCEM Part C/OSCE courses for over ten years has shown us that most candidates would benefit from a structured approach to preparing for their MRCEM Part C/OSCE exam and that many weeks, if not months, of training and practice, are required to be confident of success. This is particularly true of candidates unfamiliar with the OSCE style of examination or who have trained and/or work in medical systems significantly different to the UK. Currently, no online or printed materials provide such a structured approach over such a period of time and face to face OSCE courses, while of great benefit in honing OSCE skills through real-time OSCE practice, are not sufficient on their own to deliver success to the inexperienced and unprepared candidate. Hence to fill this gap for all candidates preparing for the MRCEM PartC/OSCE exam we have created this online course. In creating the course we have brought together the unique experience, materials, and skills of the Bromley Emergency Courses Part C/OSCE faculty into a structured approach for OSCE preparation. The course charts a logical path through the MRCEM PartC/OSCE exam, building knowledge and skills (hard and soft) from the ground up. It is divided into a series of modules which can be viewed independently but would be best studied in order as each one builds on the preceding ones. The 6 modules of the course are:
Introductory Module. Introduction to OSCEs & the MRCEM Part C/OSCE exam.
Module 1. Core clinical skills: History taking, examination and communication.
Module 2. Advanced communications skills.
Module 3. Resuscitation OSCEs.
Module 4. Psychiatry OSCEs.
Module 5. Procedures & airway management.
Module 6. Final touches: Management & model OSCEs.
In the following section, we’ll look at each of these modules in more detail and explain how best to combine them into a comprehensive OSCE training course.