Remember way back when I wrote about what the OSCE experience is like? The nerve-wracking, sweat-inducing experience? All that adrenaline pumping through your system while you wait to encounter that one station that will haunt you for the rest of your life?
It’s not that fun. (Trust me, a large number of the class tanked the auto-fail pediatrics station. Not fun.)
But I’ll tell you what is fun. The post OSCE experience.
Let me break it down for you:
Yes, the title deserves all capital letters. OSCEs are Very Important to our Education. They allow us to test our Clinical Skills and Patient-Centered Method. Plus they give us Clinical Experience while allowing for immediate Feedback.
Yada yada yada.
OSCEs are… special. For those who don’t know, the Objective Structured Clinical Exam is a mix of history taking and physical exams designed to evaluate the blossoming medical student on their skills in both. Well-intentioned, but fundamentally flawed, really. “How so?” you ask with immense curiosity. Well, I’m about to tell you, young grasshopper. Without further ado, here’s 5 ways that OSCEs are nothing like real life. Continue reading