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Non-Clinical OSCE

Today was my third of four exams: the Non-Clinical OSCE.

This exam contains two parts: An anatomy spot test, which consists of sixty thirty-second questions relating to pinned structures in cadavers, and six five-minute structured questions on anything and everything else. The five-minuters weren’t so bad, with quite a few of them being straightforward enough – and there was no equivalent to the bus timetable question! But the anatomy spotter was horrendous – despite doing a huge amount of anatomy revision, I still didn’t feel confident on almost any of the questions. Having said that, I usually feel that way, though it was, perhaps, a little worse today. It’s difficult to judge.

Tomorrow I have the day off; my next exam is Friday afternoon, for the MCQ/TF/EMI paper.

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Clinical OSCPE

Today was my second exam: the Clinical OSCPE.

This exam is all about doing things with patients. As usual, there were three stations with a patient at each, and each with a time limit of five minutes. On the first patient, I was required to test eye movements and answer lots of questions about nerve supplies to the eye muscles, and explain why certain movements might be hindered. The second patient was playing a pregnant lady, to who I had to give lifestyle advice. With the third patient, I had to elicit different arm reflexes, and explain various things about them, such as the range of results possible from a reflex test and the causes of these results.

Overall, I think I did okay. There are obviously things that I could have done better looking back, but that’s to be expected when you’ve had hours to digest what you were asked to do, but I certainly feel more confident about this particular exam than I did last year. However, like last time, I’m dreading tomorrow’s Non-Clinical OSCE the most… check back tomorrow to see how it goes!

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DIPSE

Today, I had my first exam: the DIPSE paper.

This essentially consists of the traditional short-answer exam questions. At almost fifty pages, it’s certainly one of the longest exams I’ve ever done, and ended up taking the full three hours available. There were quite a few questions on which I had little idea, but on the whole I think I probably scored above the pass mark, so I’m quite happy. To summarise: Not fantastic, not terrible.

Tomorrow: Clinical OSCPEs.

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Exams: Spring 2005

For the coming week, I’m once again in an exam period. As has become almost traditional (see here and here), I’ll be letting you know how I get on each day. The week works out so that I have DIPSEs on Monday, Clinical OSCEs Tuesday, Non-Clinical OSCEs Wednesday, and MCQ/TF/EMI on Friday. I’ll explain all as I go along. So watch out for the first post, about the DIPSEs, tomorrow.

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