The written exams preparation courses prepare IMGs for their multiple choice Canadian and American exams such as MCCEE, MCCQE1 and USMLE Step 2. As the Medical Council of Canada announced, the MCCEE exam will be phased out soon. As such our teachings will be very much QE1 exam oriented. The level of teachings for QE1 exam will also serve the purpose for the American exam of USMLE Step 2.
Our dedicated team of teachers will practice ample MCQs similar to which given in the actual Canadian and American written exams for international doctors. The course will be very interactive by actively involving the students in discussions around MCQs.
The sessions are held mostly on weekdays from 6:00-9:00 pm in conveniently located buildings easily accessible by TTC and other public transportations.
This is usually a 2 hour session in which we will analyze the highlights of the mock exam stations. At this session in addition to examining the right medical checklists we examine the differences between the Canadian style of communication versus the culture-dependent communication style of IMGs immigrating from different countries which might affect their performances adversely. By the end of the session students will learn how by adapting the Canadian style of communication they can easily boost their communication skills score in OSCE exams as well as residency interviews and avoid common pitfalls in real exams.
This will be a set of 10 OSCE stations in which candidates abilities on history taking, physical examination, counseling, communications skills and ethics will be assessed. Majority of the stations will have NAC-OSCE type format, however there will be a few stations with the MCCQEII format as well. In each room there is an MD as examiner and a role player as standardized patient. Attending the OSCE mock exams not only will familiarize the candidates with the real exams format and scenarios, but also it will take away the anxiety level that one might experience in real exam. Attending mock exams is strongly recommended for all IMGs.
At this session we examine all possible OSCE scenarios of general surgery with more emphasis on time management with respect to targeted history and physical exam or course of action in surgery stations. Certain key physical exams will be demonstrated by the teacher. A number of OSCE scenarios will be presented as doctor-patient encounter and immediate feedback will be provided.
A 6 hr focused session on OSCE oriented cardiology cases with hands on experience on practicing cardiology stations on our standardized patients with immediate feedback from the teacher and SP. A clear demonstration will be given on accurate OSCE oriented cardiology physical examination as well as target oriented history taking.
At this session the focus will be on common gastroenterology and hepatology OSCE stations commonly appearing in real OSCE exams. Approach to proper history taking as well as focused physical exam will be demonstrated in details. Practice opportuniity will be given to the students to put their OSCE skills on the spot and receive feedback.
Counseling stations are undeniable part of each OSCE exams in which not only the candidates knowledge but also their communication skills and doctor-patient interpersonal skills are also evaluated. Therefore in 2 sessions we will go through all possible counseling stations in OSCE exams. Our focus will be on current guidelines on medical issues while keeping a strong vision on the Canadian style of communication in such stations. The importance of being interactive with the patients rather than lecturing them will be emphasized. Many real OSCE cases will be practiced in the class followed by immediate input on candidates strengths, weaknesses and immediate constructive feedbacks will be provided.
This is the second series of pediatrics cases in OSCE exams. These are more complicated cases than the first series topics and will need more specialized probing and sophisticated approach as some of them might even need counseling with the parents. Similar to the first session there will be a number of doctor-patient encounters and immediate input will be given by the SP as well as the teacher on the candidates strengths, pitfalls or weaknesses.