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This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 13 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

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!

This 589th post was filed under: Exams, University.

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