I cannot believe there are only a few more weeks of second year medicine remaining… how time has flown!
I’m starting to feel a little stressed as there is still a lot to do before the year is over! In just 2 weeks, I will have my Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, more commonly known as OSCEs. I must pass this practical exam, as well as my written final exams, in order to move onto third year.
The OSCE will be a series of 5 stations and I’ll have to pass each one. We’ll have 2 minutes for perusal at each station followed by 8 minutes to complete the task.
The stations will be:
- Taking patient history
- Performing a patient examination. This might be focused on a specific symptom/joint or it can be generalized to any given system.
- Clinical reasoning. Given a patient’s history, examination and investigation results, I will have to give a series of potential diagnoses with relevant positive and negative findings of each.
- Procedural skills. A number of skills could be tested, including venepuncture, cannulation, blood pressure, BLS, etc
- Communication skills. Could be facilitating behaviour change, breaking bad news, etc
Am I worried? Yes, definitely! Will be practicing every day from now until then. I am also part of the first batch of students to have their OSCE… scary!
And the rest of the year:
- Oct 20 – a 10 minute group presentation in front of our peers for Global and Community Medicine. The topic our group chose is “Schistosomiasis in China” – should be interesting!
- Nov 5 – Clinical Science imaging exam
- Nov 7 – Clinical Science exam
- Nov 8 – Ethics and Professional Practice exam
- DONE EXAMS! Woo hoo!
- Nov 10 – Halfway Dinner!
- Nov 18 – On the plane home!
There’s a lot more to do before the holidays, but oh so close! 🙂