OSCE Orientation Course

Course Background:

The feedback from the OSCE candidates over the years consistently shows a clear desire for the MRCGP [INT] South Asia Board to organize its own OSCE orientation courses.

In October 2014 the Board contacted the OSCE eligible candidates through email to have their input regarding the idea of the OSCE Orientation course run by the MRCGP [INT] South Asia Board and their interest in attending it. Based on the feedback, the Board organized the first three day Orientation course under its supervision in January 2015 at Abu Dhabi. Based on the feedback of the participants, the format was reviewed and the duration was also increased to four days.

Feedback of the course participants is very encouraging as majority of them found it tremendously helpful for preparing for the OSCE exam and making them feel better prepared and confident to take it. The MRCGP [INT] South Asia Board now regularly organize the course and currently available twice a year in the months of July and December in Abu Dhabi.

Objectives of the Course: The objective of the orientation course is not only to provide knowledge to the participants but to provide an opportunity to them to have better orientation towards the OSCE, and to give them a chance to enhance their clinical and examination skills by having hands-on practice, mock examination and one to one interaction with the experienced OSCE examiners.

Course Outline: At the end of the course, the participants will:

  • have an understanding of the consultation model
  • be able to apply ethical frameworks to clinical situations
  • develop an understanding of how the cases are marked
  • have gained experience in consulting with simulated patients
  • have received feedback and advice from the MRCGP [INT] OSCE examiners

The salient features of the orientation course are:

  • Accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
  • Awarding of 26 CPD points / credit hours
  • Panel of experienced examiners as facilitators
  • Group discussions and one to one feedback
  • Interactive scenario based sessions
  • Hands-on practice
  • Special case presentations
  • Exclusive half day session on examination skills
  • Video viewing and marking by the participants
  • Learning need identification and tips to improve
  • Sharing of experience and discussing individual areas of difficulty
  • Familiarity with the actual exam environment
  • Mock exam on the last day
  • Overall pass rate of above 69.59%
  • Certificate of attendance