The purpose of the OSCE circuit is on process thinking and judgment and the focus is on decision making. The candidates are faced with cases and/or clinical pathways representing the breadth of general surgery. The circuit may include the evaluation of relevant manual skills (e.g. simulation).
The clinical pathways presented are structured beforehand and constitute common problems seen in general surgery practice. The cases follow real clinical situations; patients are anonymized.
In the OSCE circuit candidates should be able to answer not only what they would do and how, but why.
The circuit consists of a 6 stations (10 min each; total duration of circuit: 60 min) where candidates will be confronted with clinical situations.
Each candidate will visit each station where he/she will be assessed by an examiner and may be asked to give an oral or written answer respectively.
The circuit will include all types of laboratory investigations, x-rays, CT, MRI and ultrasonography scans and pictures from typical clinical situations to interpret.
The candidates may also be asked to demonstrate practical abilities.
The individual time schedule for the OSCE circuit is established after the MSQ-test (6 candidates per hour maximum). Candidates appear prior to their randomly assigned starting time. After finishing the OSCE circuit candidates have to collect and wait separated from pre-OSCE candidates until the last round of the circuit has commenced.
Sample stations are published on the website www.uemssurg.org.
In the OSCE listen carefully to each case presented, read all information thoroughly and respond with your own plan or actions to resolve it. The examiners want to find out what you would do in your own practice. Tell them what you would do and not what you think they may want you to say. Be prepared to defend your plans and actions with acceptable logic. If you honestly do not know anything about a problem, it is recommended that you say so. This will allow the examiners to proceed to other problems with which you may be more conversant.
In particular, the examiner will assess:
At the end of a each OSCE circuit station, each examiner independently records a grade based on his or her evaluation of the candidate's performance.
President of the European Board of Surgery
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