Any tips for OSCEs? Mine are in a week😓
Ahh good luck!
Main thing is to practice and get those examinations and communication skills down.
And then, just make yourself feel confident, even if you aren’t! So much about OSCEs is presenting yourself, having confidence and just going for it. This didn’t come naturally to me and some people have to work at it, but it does make a big difference.
Also, smile! You want the examiner and actor/patient to like you.
On the actual day of the OSCE make sure you’ve had a good night’s sleep, that’s far more important than staying up late the night before studying. Have a good breakfast, and do something calming or something you enjoy to take your mind off it. I never revise on the day of an OSCE because I think it freaks people out, I usually watch TV or read a book instead.
And then of course, if a station sadly doesn’t go well, just move on and forget about it. The worst thing is to get into a panic and let it affect your next station. Besides, I often find that the ones I thought went terribly are the ones I actually do ok in! It’s so hard to judge it on the day. x