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Making the most of your 3-minute reading time

In all OSCE cases, you have three minutes of reading time. One of the tricks of success is optimising that three minutes.

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The Semantics of Medicine
The Semantics of Medicine

I went to the Doctor last week. It was not my usual doctor, as it was a Sunday, and I had realised that I was out of one of my scripts.

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Mayday! Mayday!  What to do after a disastrous OSCE station
Mayday! Mayday! What to do after a disastrous OSCE station

It may seem melodramatic to compare a tricky OSCE station to a plane crash, but stay with me for a moment.

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Practical Essentials for Passing the OSCE
Practical Essentials for Passing the OSCE

The best way to prepare for the OSCE is to view every patient you see between now and then as an opportunity. Then, keep the following practical tips front of mind for every patient you see … practice makes perfect.

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Effective Time Management in the OSCE
Effective Time Management in the OSCE

Completing the OSCE is a race against the clock. With eight minutes to complete a short case, and nineteen minutes to complete a long, you need to think clearly and quickly - the last thing you want is to hear the bell ring when you’re just getting started!

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OSCE Advice from an Examiner | Preparing for the Physical Examination
OSCE Advice from an Examiner | Preparing for the Physical Examination

As an examiner, one of the most disappointing things I find about candidates’ preparation for the OSCE is their inability to do a good physical examination on a patient.

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OSCE - How to appraise the evidence
OSCE - How to appraise the evidence

Reaching the summit of the medical ‘evidence mountain’ can often seem like too much hard yakka. It is much easier to assume that the guidebook is informed by good quality evidence but, how can we know for sure?

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OSCE Alphabet Soup
OSCE Alphabet Soup

Quick tips on OSCE technique.

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Preparing for a Viva Exam in the OSCE
Preparing for a Viva Exam in the OSCE

One of the most difficult examination stations in the OSCE exam is the Viva. There is usually at least one Viva Station in the exam.

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How to Dress for OSCE Success
How to Dress for OSCE Success

In the weeks leading up to the OSCE, the question of how to dress for your exam is sure to pop up. However, your appearance is so much more than what you wear on the day.

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