Well, the written is over, and as far as the feed back I got, everyone is frustrated with the exams. But, that’s what usually happens isn’t it?
It was tough for many, and some felt that it was lengthy. Despite any reason, some will make it through.
The reality is, some one has to pass the exams right? so cheer up. Don’t spend valuable time dwelling on what has already happened.
I am talking from experience. I honestly did not expect to make it at the written, spent my time gap between written exams and results doing everything else other than preparing for OSCE.
Results came as a shocker, and then I was in panic mode to get the preparation done in such a short time.
Thought I’ll share 10 Tips on OSCE on how to get going :
1.More the time, the better. So Start as soon as you finish written- can’t emphasize this more.
2. Do your ground work. Know what are the possible stations that can come.
3. Take a book and start writing the stations- Have an opening sentence for each station.
E.g., Breaking bad news- After Introducing your self ,” I am afraid I have some difficult news for you. Would you like to have someone with you?” Is an empathetic way to begin.
4. Write Memorize and Practice the English sentences, the opening and closing remarks- If it does not flow from you naturally especially in stress (happens when it’s a second language) You have time to think about the subject matter, but not how to speak the language in that 14 mins.
5. Know the UK methods for particular stations- e.g. Molar pregnancy- have to refer to one of the 3 centers in UK for monitoring.
6. Very fluent and fast history taking. Never miss a point. Know your personal order.
7. Follow the role players- don’t ignore their concerns- they might sometime waste your time. At one of my stations, the lady was crying so much and did not allow me to proceed to management, even after I repeatedly asked “would you like me to go on/ is it alright if I go on?” The bell rang & I didn’t complete the station. But the exam is about is all about Communication.
8. Have a closing sentence- safety netting.
9. Follow at least 2 OSCE books and practice with peers. Time it precisely. These are the 2 books I followed and I have linked it to the Amazon book store if you’d like to purchase them.
10. Attend a course or two. I didn’t have any means of going to UK- Visa process is so lengthy. The only single course I did is 3 days before exam -RCOG course at Delhi.
But I had an awesome friend who helped me in every way to practice and prepare. So pair up with a buddy or make friends with a mirror and start talking OR record yourself on your phone!
Next up, I’ll write about the stations, and how to tackle them. Meanwhile, please feel free to share this article.