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Focused History Taking OSCEs

 

 

 

Focused history taking OSCEs are data gathering station. Here you will show your medical knowledge concerning the current specific patient and case. This is what is meant by focused. This will include exploring the chief complaint, history of present illness, past medical and surgical history, medications and allergies, family history and social history, occupational history, and sexual history relevant to this case scenario. Although OSCEs are a simulation of simple straight forward common real life presentation, please note that 'focused' does not mean skipping the differential diagnosis.


 

In addition to assessing your medical knowledge, your communication skills and approach to gather data is also assessed. This will be an important part of the station final mark. Again, although OSCEs are a simulation of simple straight forward common real life presentation, the standardized patient role might not be simple. Some history taking OSCEs will have some difficult to deal with patients or ethical issues to be assessed too, like a depressed patient who is unwilling to talk, or a failed to thrive child with a hidden child abuse, ..etc.

 


 

 
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