Going into uni in the run up to practical exams always raises my panic levels.
It seems that the vast majority of people are hysterical about them.
What I don't understand is why?
Yes they're nerve wracking, yes there is a small chance we might fail... surely getting hysterical just makes this all worse.
We're lucky in the way that we're told quite specifically what we can expect, yet people still ask stupid questions.
"Do I have to take the pulse in a cardio exam?" ... erm, well yes.
"Should I do a PR once I've done this child's abdo exam" ... have you ever PRed an actual patient in an OSCE. No. Do what you did last time and say "to complete my exam I would like to examine the hernial orifices, do a PR and get a urine dipstick."
"Will they test me on this really obscure minor bit of a limb exam? OMG.... If I miss it am I going to fail?" .... no, they've just said that nothing is instant fail.
"I know you said nothing is instant fail, but if we fail XYZ is THAT instant fail?"
The next person to ask a stupid question is liable to get headbutted by me.
My other pet hate at the moment are those people who say how amazing being last in the OSCEs is as they'll know all the stations. We already know what we're being examined on. Just learn it all. Doesn't matter if your friend a week ago said they had gout/heart failure/cerebral palsy... it could change. Stop trying to guess things and just learn the stuff.
Less than 2 weeks to go now. Thank goodness.
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