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A 1 Day Course to Prepare you for the OSCE.

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The OSCE requires you to have expert knowledge, targeted and effective clinical examination skills as well as being an outstanding communicator.

When people fail the Written exam, it is usually a knowledge issue, not necessarily a technique issue. Knowledge is the key, there is no magic, there is no shortcut!
In the OSCE, having the knowledge is one thing, having the skill to demonstrate it in cases-led discussion or  showing empathy and understanding, is something we do anyway, however we must demonstrate this in specific ways in the exam.  It can be taught.
Taking a good history and communicating with the examiners, seems easy, but getting the speak right is a skill.
The clinical examination, requires the performance of a focused examination, that is appropriate for the context presented. It’s not just about performing an exam, it’s about knowing what you’re looking for.

OSCE dates For 2017
0800-2000-Friday 20th October Melbourne
OSCE Dates for 2018
0800-2000 Friday 20th April
0800-2000 Monday 10 September

WEEK 1 VIRTUAL

  • Introduction
  • What’s the exam about
  • The 4 major parts of the Exam
  • The Curriculum Framework
  • An Approach to the Exam
  • Didactic
    • The ECG
    • The Simulation:Tips and Tricks
  • Practice OSCES

WEEK 2 VIRTUAL

  • The Clinical Examination
    • Cranial Nerves
    • Cerebellar
    • Higher Centres
    • The Hand exam
  • Didactic
    • Equipment
    • Procedures

WEEK 3 – VIRTUAL

  • The Communication OSCE
  • The Teaching OSCE
  • Didactic
    • Equipment
  • Simulation Scenarios to Think About

WEEK 5-VIRTUAL

  • Putting it All Together
  • Fidgeting, Fudging, Faking and Freaking Out
  • Peak Performance
  • What to Expect on The Day

WEEK 4- FACE TO FACE

0800-0900- Introduction and opening Lecture
0900-0945-Scenarios and Simulations
0945-1015- Discussion

1015-1045- Break

1045-1145- Scenarios and Simulations
1145-1230- Discussion

1230-1330- Lunch On Your Own

1330-1415- Scenarios and Simulations
1415-1445- The Administration Question
1445-1515- The teaching Question

1515-1545 Break

1545-1645- Scenarios and Simulations
1645-1715- Discussion of the Neuro Exam

1715-1745- Break

1745-1845-Simulations
1845-1915- The Simulation: What to Expect
1915-2000- What to Expect on The Day
– Maximising Performance
– Remembering to Forget
-What to wear, What to Bring, What to Do.

The Clinical Examination

You must be an expert at this and in a very specific way. You won’t be required to complete the full examination, but will be required to complete portions of each examination.

Your exams must be swift and polished. You must have practiced the exam so many times before, so that on the day you will be thinking of the interpretation of the sign and not about what to examine next.
​We will take you through the most important examinations. More importantly, take you through what is most likely to be examined.

Clinical Scenarios

We will cover scenarios ranging from direct patient communication, including breaking bad news, explaining procedures and outcomes, to dealing with the difficult patient SCE.

Further we go over the administration scenarios of the impaired doctor, complaints and more.

Simulation

Part of this examination will be made up of simulation scenarios.
We will take you through the important simulation cases, so you feel at home in the context of the examination. Training you in simulation is not about using the highest fidelity equipment, its about you getting into the moment and allowing you to display all your knowledge. This is a all knowledge.

Examples Of The Syllabus

Clinical Examination

Examination of the Hands
The Precordial Examination
The Abdominal Exam
Cranial Nerves Exam
Higher Centres Exam
Examination of the Eyes (within CN)
Examination of the Neck
The Chest Examination

Simulation Scenarios

Paediatric Resuscitation
Adult Cardiac Resuscitation
Sepsis Management
Airway Management
NIV
……..and MORE

Procedural Skills

Chest tube insertion and the theory of the 3 bottles
Arterial Line insertion
Central Line Insertion
Lumbar Puncture
I/O lines
Peritoneal Tap
Pleural Tap
Surgical Airway
Thoracotomy
……and MORE

Case Discussion

The Ischaemic ECG
The Arrhythmic ECG
Discussing Blood Tests
Approach to the hypotensive patient
Approach to Trauma
The Paediatric patient
……and MORE

Administration and Cases

How to communicate effectively
PLUS

Discussion of the Impaired Doctor
Complaints Handling
Emergency Targets
Bread and Butter Cases

Why This Course Has Been Put Together

I remember sitting for my Fellowship Course and there were no resources. My hospital tried to put things together, but it was mostly testing and teasing you afterwards, or the old teaching by embarrassment technique! Not On, in my Book!

I started putting this course together some 9 years ago and then stopped teaching others, whilst I continued to build it and just teach my registrars, who seemed to thrive and pass. Now, because so many have asked for me to put it back on, here it is! The New Improved Version! PASS THE OSCE!
You will reach a new level of confidence, when you acquire the ability to diagnose by examination, to express yourself in a professional, direct firm and knowledgeable manner that demonstrates that you are a consultant!. My goal for you is to pass the exam and to also reach a new level in your clinical skills.
The ability to examine with intent, the ability to ‘speak the speak’ and the confidence to tackle the most challenging cases you will be presented with……These are the skills I want you to have. I hope you can join us.

A/Prof Peter Kas

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