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
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.