How should I prepare for the assessment ?
The assessment is designed to test whether you have the skills to perform safely as an F1 doctor in the ward environment. The best way to practise is therefore to gain as much clinical and practical experience as possible, receiving feedback from an experienced teacher.
If you want to understand more about OSCEs and how to prepare for them, you may find the following book helpful (other books are also available) :
- O’Neill, P. et al. (2016). Macleaod's clinical OSCEs.. Edinburgh; New York: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.
It is important that you are familiar with the British National Formulary (BNF). More details are available at www.bnf.org.
It is also important that you are familiar with European Resuscitation guidelines. More details at available from the European Resuscitation Council at www.erc.edu.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence regularly develops and reviews guidelines for many aspects of medicine. Full details are available at www.nice.org.uk.
The General Medical Council expects new graduates to be skilled patient-centred communicators. Again, this can only really be gained by experience under skilled supervision, but you may find the following book useful:
- Silverman, J., Kurtz, S. and Draper, J. (2013). Skills for communicating with patients (Third Edition). Abingdon, Oxon: Radcliffe Publishing.
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