MRCEM OSCE Exam Preparation Course

The MRCEM OSCE examination is a comprehensive test of a candidates clinical knowledge and skills, as well as their communication, attitudes and behaviours.

Our in-person MRCEM OSCE course is designed to mimic the real OSCE exam and give candidates the opportunity to apply their clinical knowledge and skills in exam-like scenarios. The objective is to give you the practice that you will need to prepare for the real exam so that you can feel confident in your skills and your ability to pass the exam.

Next Course Dates:
4th – 5th January 2024
10th – 11th January 2024
9th – 10th May 2024
14th – 15th May 2024

Cost: £695

Venue: Terracotta Court (ground floor), 167 Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 3LN

Course Times: 9am – 5.30pm

MRCEM OSCE Online Course

We are now also offering our MRCEM OSCE course online.

This will be a one day course consisting of around 20 different OSCE stations drawn from SLO1, SLO2, and SLO7.

The course will be held over Zoom and is a perfect option for those unable to travel but would like practice with communication skills, history taking and more.

Date: 12 January 2024 Time: 09:00 – 17:00

Cost: £295

Location: Online via Zoom

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Why Should I Take an MRCEM OSCE Course?

The MRCEM OSCE is a demanding exam that covers a lot of different scenarios and has a particular evaluation style, which can be difficult to master. On our course you have the opportunity to practice completing MRCEM OSCE stations before you arrive at your exam. This means you will already have an idea of what to expect in a station, how to deal with the objective of a station and where you are likely to pick up marks. You will have had the opportunity to discover those areas in which you need the most development and in which areas you already excel. This gives you the advantage of knowing where you need to focus your attention in preparing for your exam. 


About Our MRCEM OSCE Exam Preparation Course


How will we help you prepare for the MRCEM OSCE Exam?

By the end of this course, you will have a deeper understanding of how the exam is conducted and how you will need to prepare for the MRCEM OSCE exam.

The course will allow you to develop your communication skills in a demanding 8-minute scenario, so that you can feel confident about approaching any station in the exam.

You will receive detailed and specific feedback from our experienced faculty and actors, which will help you to identify the areas that you need to work on for your exam, and also to become aware of those areas that you already excel in.


What does the MRCEM OSCE Course cover?

The clinical scenarios that you will encounter on our course mimic the breadth of Emergency Medicine practice and cover many of the areas that are often tested in the exam. You may encounter scenarios such as:

  • Managing a trauma team
  • Resuscitating a sick child
  • Taking a difficult history
  • Suturing a wound
  • Dealing with an angry relative

The course relies heavily on experienced actors and equipment to simulate real-life problems.


How is our MRCEM OSCE Course taught?

The course consists of around 40 different OSCE stations. Each station has 1 minute reading time and 8 minutes to complete the station. You will sit in all stations, sometimes taking the lead, other times watching and learning from others who take the lead.

At each station the candidate must read a brief scenario, then enter ‘role play’ mode to manage a simulated clinical situation.

You will be assessed by our highly experienced faculty, and interact with capable actors who have a wealth of MRCEM OSCE knowledge.

Included in your course booking is access to the online MRCEM OSCE videos.

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The MRCEM OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) comes back and replaces the FRCEM Intermediate SJP exam.

This exam objectively is made up of 18 stations which assess the clinical and communication skills of trainees and ensures they are at the level of someone ready for Higher Training. Stations that will be examined are: history taking, examination, communication, decision making, dealing with challenging situations and resuscitation scenarios, using medium fidelity simulation.

The MRCEM OSCE consists of 18 7-minute stations, with one minute reading time between stations. There are also two rest stations in the exam.

The exam blueprint and sample questions are available in the MRCEM OSCE information pack.

Guidance for Candidates with Additional Requirements

The College is committed to supporting candidates by providing fair opportunities
when undertaking examinations. Candidates may submit a request for reasonable
adjustments and should note that the responsibility for requesting adjustments lies
with them. Please see this guidance here.

The MRCEM OSCE is open to candidates who have passed the Primary and MRCEM Intermediate SBA (or equivalent).  Candidates are also required to have at least 24 months experience post qualification and at least six months experience in EM (post FY1/intern level).

The examination is conducted in English and candidates are advised that IELTS Level 7 is the expected standard for completion of MRCEM and FRCEM examinations.

Candidates must apply for the exam online, during the published application window.

Applications will open at 10.00am on the morning of the application opening date listed on the Exam Calendar and close automatically at 5.00pm (UK time) on the listed closing date. Applications must be completed before 5.00pm on the closing date, late applications will not be accepted.

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The MRCEM OSCE is marked according to a checklist. As each station checklist has a different number of marks available, the marks are converted to a score out of 10 (weighted score) so that all stations are equally weighted.

The cut score for this exam is determined using the borderline regression method, +1 Standard Error Measurement is added to create the pass mark.

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