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.
A 6 hr session on hot OSCE topics of obstetrics and gynecology with a female SP being present. The teacher will go through all tips and tricks to enhance your ability to score high in such stations without being tilted to unimportant peripheral issues.Presence of female patient in any OSCE station adds to the complexity of the station and by attending these types of sessions you will learn how to hit the target points without getting lost in the complexity of such stations.
The morning session is allocated to teaching and analyzing common and relevant hematology OSCE stations and the afternoon session will review a number of common endocrinology OSCE stations in NAC OSCE and QE2 exams. All students will get opportunity to practice and receive feedback on some doctor-patient encounters.
At this session the main focus will be on analyzing an OSCE exam and its major components. While giving some examples of some actual OSCE stations, the teacher will discuss strategies to enhance your performance in an OSCE exam. All stages including pre-exam preparation, exam stations and post-encounter questions wil be assessed in details. Attending this session is recommended to those who wish to get a general perspective of OSCE.
Every OSCE exam includes at least one or two orthopedic/rheumatologic stations in which they expect the candidates take a focused history and perform a focused physical examination. At this session our main focus will be on obtaining relevant history within time allotted which is usually half time of the whole station; then we will focus of important physical exam aspect of the station which are meant to be in the examiner’s checklist. Correct physical examination techniques on musculoskeltal system will be taught in details. Opportunity will be given to students to practice joint examination with OSCE-oriented high yield techniques and immediate feedback will be provided.
Ethics OSCE stations are mostly challenging stations for majority of international physicians who arrive from different countries with totally different ethical values. We understand this is a major weakness for IMGs. Therefore we invite expert Canadian teachers on ethical and medical-legal issues to provide a better understanding of the ethical values in the Canadian health care system. Our ethics sessions have always been ranked high by the attendees.
Continuation of the counseling session on remaining counseling cases which might be less common, yet important. This also includes some challenging or controversial stations. All focus will be on patient-centred counseling and involvement of the patient in decision making.
We will review the first series of pediatrics OSCE cases presented more often in NAC-OSCE and LMCC2 exams. Given the fact that in exam settings the patient cannot always be a child, therefore in majority of the stations it the parent who presumably brings her/his child to the physician. In this setting as the questions mainly will be asked from the parents rather than the actual child; it will need certain skills to have a proper approach and handle the case as a real life case. We will not only go through the target oriented questions in OSCE pediatrics cases but also will assess possible post-encounter questions and appropriate answers to them.
Review and analysis of the common OSCE respiratory stations such as asthma, cough, shortness of breath along with focused history taking and respiratory physical examination with interactive teaching and involvement of the students. Some real exam scenarios will be performed.
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.