Deconstructing the OSCE: Strategies for OSCE Success

ISBN : 9780198704874

Duncan Harding, MRCPsych
128 ページ
165 x 236 mm

The OSCE forms the practical part of educational and professional medical examinations and is often challenging and expensive. Deconstructing the OSCE takes a fresh approach to passing the OSCE, teaching readers how to tackle the examination in a new way. This book doesn't provide readers with checklists of information needed for specific OSCE stations; instead it will help you to develop key strategies and skills that will enable success in any OSCE regardless of specialty or level. Packed full of advice, practical tips, real-life examples, and exercises, this book will provide you with skills to prepare for effective OSCE study and strategies to overcome common hurdles and psychological baggage. It also explores how to overcome past failure in the OSCE by overhauling your previous study routines and suggesting new strategies for the road ahead. Ideal for trainee doctors sitting OSCEs at all levels, medical students, allied medical practitioners, nurses, and doctors from overseas; Deconstructing the OSCE is full of practical advice to increase candidates' confidence and improve the chance of success in any OSCE scenario.


1. Setting the scene
2. Carrying baggage
3. Moving on after failure
4. Reframing anxiety
5. Confidence and self-belief
6. Understanding OSCE construction
7. Forming a connection
8. Rehearsal
9. Studying in a group
10. Modelling
11. Build your Skills Toolkit - Part 1: Getting started
12. Build your Skills Toolkit - Part 2: General aspects
13. Build your Skills Toolkit - Part 3: History taking
14. Build your Skills Toolkit - Part 4: Practical skills
15. Build your Skills Toolkit - Part 5: Challenging scenarios
16. Generic strategies
17. Afterword


Duncan Harding is a trained forensic psychiatrist with a research interest in the neurobiology of psychopathy and conduct disorder. He has published extensively in the field of motoneurone degeneration, and is also interested in recovery, peer mentorship, and medical education. His teaching focuses on the OSCE: he facilitates OSCE workshops for trainees and medical students; delivers lectures on the MRCPsych teaching course for trainees at the Institute of Psychiatry; and is currently designing a strategic generic skills-based OSCE course for the UK and overseas.