Friday, June 6, 2008
Clinical Examination in Medicine
In most parts of the world, the clinical examination is an important examination for medical students once they have reached the clinical years. There are many who fear this but there are also many who excel in this. In summary, whether you like it or not, it is of importance as this is what you would be doing for the rest of your life.
The clinical examination is divided into Long cases, short cases and OSCE.
Long cases - you will be given a patient for about an hour and will be asked to take the history, do a full physical examination and come out with the provisional and differential diagnosis. Thereafter the examiner will come to ask you questions on the patient that you have clerked.
Short cases - you will be given a patient and asked to examine a particular system eg. Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Upper limb nerurologically, Abdomen etc. You are not allowed to take any history and you will be given about 10 minuted including discussion with the examiner.
OSCE - You will be given stations whereby a stimulus eg picture, x-ray etc are displayed and will be asked on paper several questions regarding the stimulus.