ISA Primary OSCE Course

Run for Imperial trainees who are preparing to take the Primary FRCA OSCE


Primary OSCE Course


See also

Novice Course
Primary Viva Course
Final Viva Course
Final Written Course
I3 (ICU) Course

Next course:

Monday 12th May 2014 (0830 – 1700)
Chelsea & Westminster Simulation Centre (Lower Ground Floor)
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What is it?
This course has been designed by Registrars and Consultants to complement the hugely successful Viva Course.
The OSCE is an area of the exam that candidates can find difficult to prepare for. It requires extra revision time and this course is designed for those who have prepared for the exam and would like specific teaching sessions, exposure to simulation and experience of a full OSCE examination.

What does the course entail?

- Introductory lecture from a current College examiner with insight on the examination; how to prepare, expectations, format and mark scheme.
- A strategy to approach each of the various station types in the exam.
- Dedicated morning simulation session on critical incidents/resuscitation scenarios; one scenario for each candidate with exposure to a further 8.
- Rapid revision session on key physics and equipment topics commonly encountered in the OSCE.
- Communication skills workshop and tips for the OSCE communication skills stations.
- Complete 18 station mock OSCE under examination conditions. The stations include:

  • Anatomy
  • History Taking
  • Communications Skills
  • Radiology
  • Technical skills
  • Anaesthetic hazards
  • Resuscitation
  • Anaesthetic machine check
  • Anatomy
  • Anaesthetic equipment
  • Monitoring equipment
  • Measuring equipment

- Examined by registrars with recent experience of the OSCE and can therefore accurately direct you to ‘hot topics’ and common pitfalls
- Individual feedback
- Individual marks to gauge your further revision
- Attendance Certificate

The week prior to the Primary OSCE exam week.

Who can do it?
This course is aimed at candidates about to sit the forthcoming OSCE exam. Please note that places are limited; therefore we request that you only attend this course if you are fully prepared.

Taught by?
Large team of registrars who have recently been completed the exam. They can accurately direct you to ‘hot topics’ and common pitfalls to help tailor your final revision efforts.

Chelsea & Westminster Simulation Centre (Lower Ground Floor)
Click here for a floor plan of the hospital

Please email for further details if required.
Click here for the Application Form.
Places are limited so it is best to book early.

A great opportunity to extend your teaching experience that is specifically linked to anaesthesia. Examiners typically manage one or two stations and all answers and related notes are provided. All examiners receive a Certificate of Teaching, signed by the Head of the Imperial School of Anaesthesia for their portfolios.

If you are interested in joining the team of examiners please email:

Recommended Reading:

•         The Anaesthesia OSCE (Second Edition). Arthurs, Elfuturi

•         The Objective Structured Clinical Examination in Anaesthesia. Cyprian Mendonca and Shyam Balasubramanian

•         Concise Anatomy for Anaesthesia. Andreas G. Erdmann

Candidate Feedback from previous courses

•         Excellent course – wish it could be longer

•         Communication and physics sessions were amazing

•         Simulation session was brilliant - good to experience it before the exam

•         Useful to go through the common simulation scenarios

•         Afternoon exam was realistic and amazing preparation

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