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Firsts

Looking at the title I’ve just written, it looks an awful lot like a typo.  Or just bad grammar.

But syntax aside, I have had a few firsts this week.  Wanted to share.  Because it’s a blog and I just like sharing my innermost thoughts and feelings for the entire universe to observe and criticize.  I’m a med student and a writer.  The need for encouragement, praise, and approval is near-pathological, honestly.

Anyway – my three firsts.

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The OSCE Experience

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

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