How can I perform well in OSCEs?Watch
In the OSCE, I forget important questions during the history taking stations or I can't remember the differentials to ask to right questions to exclude things. I just get this huge thought block all of a sudden in some stations and I panic and sweat all over the place. I wonder if some medical students just don't tend to perform well in OSCEs and I also worry that it's a reflection on how I will practice as a doctor i.e. I will be a below average doctor who might miss something really important.
Can anyone kindly pass along some tips?
Oh, and I don't think you should take your OSCE nerves an omen of how you'll be as a doctor. Don't forget that no-one's going to drop you in at the deep end by yourself the second you qualify - you'll have support in place for those times when you do forget the odd thing. And by the time that support eases off, you'll hopefully be more comfortable in your job and less prone to nerves anyway.
Hope that helps a little bit - nerves are just the worst.
An example of the 'anatomical' thing would be chest pain... just ask yourself what is in the chest? Heart. Lungs. Oesophagus. So cardiac causes, pulmonary causes, oesophageal causes. That's literally almost all of the important Qs done! Falls... why do we fall? Brain, heart, veins, ears (balance), eyes (vision).
If you can come up with those things just by looking at somebody and thinking from the very very basics, then you'll find that they remind you of your questions - which deep down inside, you do know! It eliminates a lot of stress and anxiety to feel like you've got the answers (in a very loose form!) within seconds, and allows you to concentrate on thinking exactly what to ask after that. It works for me anyway, I find myself able to perform a lot better when I think this way.