Mock OSCE 4

STATION 1: Psychiatry 


To do well in this station you would need to: 

  • Be able to take a full psychiatric history 
  • Understand the key signs and symptoms relating to low mood
  • Know about the mental state exam
  • Be able to give differentials, investigations and management for a patient with low mood

STATION 2: Cardiology

To do well in this station you would need to:

  • Be able to take a full history from a patient experiencing palpitations
  • To be familiar with red flags and risk factors
  • Be able to read an ECG

STATION 3: Gynaecology


To do well in this station you would need to:

  • Be able to take a full gynaecological history and know the key points (smear tests, cycles, dyspareunia etc)
  • Be familiar with the post-menopausal changes women experience 
  • Know the treatment and investigations for abnormal PV bleeding 

STATION 4: Gastroenterology – acute abdomen 


To do well in this station you would need to:

  • Know how to approach a station using ABCDE
  • Know which pathologies are likely to be found it each quadrant
  • Understand the approach to an acute abdomen and the certain investigations that you would ALWAYS do (lipase, urine bHCG, urinalysis, full abdominal exam etc)

STATION 5: Communication skills – parents demanding information on their child


To do well in this station you would need to:

  • Understand Gillick competence
  • Be able to de-escalate a situation
  • Approach an angry patient calmly and politely, addressing the concerns without being condescending
  • Protecting the patients rights to privacy, providing they meet the criteria

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