EDExam Podcast Episode 9 – Working with simulated patients in OSCE exams

In this episode I interview two professional simulated patients who provide a unique insight into the use of simulated patients in high stakes exams.  Steph and Cecilia have been working for universities and specialty colleges as simulated patients in OSCE-style exams for several years and in this very relaxed and fun interview they give us a great insight into working well with sim patients in your exams.

We cover topics including:

  • What is a simulated patient and why are they used instead of real patients?
  • How to make a good impression on the simulated patient
  • Tips for communicating effectively with sim patients
  • How to avoid upsetting or offending the sim patient
  • How to detect and then recover if you inadvertently upset or offend the sim patient
  • Subtle signs that you may be heading “off-track” in your OSCE
  • Tips for examining a sim patient
  • And a whole lot more…

This podcast will be of use to any medical students, specialty trainees, or overseas trained doctors who are going to sit OSCE-style exams with simulated patients.

If you have any tips for working with sim patients, please leave them in the comments section below!

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