Westmead ‘ACE the OSCE’ Course

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During the intensive 8-hour program, teaching by the large FACEM faculty utilises extended trial OSCE stations/simulations and OSCE ‘coaching’.  

The facilitators will initially model helpful exam techniques and will keep you actively involved and in the various exercises in the morning session using a ‘rapid cycle deliberate practice’ technique that can be used in your further preparations for the OSCE.

The main part of the day consists of trial exam exercised with extensive feedback from faculty including the use of video.

The main ‘trial exam’ component of day will be split into two major components “Skills OSCEs” (2.5 hours) and “Simulation OSCEs” (3.5 hours).

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There will be a nominal charge for the course (approximately 750 dollars) to cover base costs of hiring facilities and providing catering.  Numbers on the course are limited to 12 ‘full participants’ only and a limited number of registrars as volunteers/observers.

Our faculty is a ‘not for profit’ team of enthusiastic FACEMs.  We support Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM).  Any profit from the course goes to a trust fund for local registrar training and further education of junior doctors.

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Faculty and oversight of the course will include FACEMs, examiners and candidates who have recently passed the OSCE Exam.  As a disclaimer, we cannot guarantee to have the same opinion as your future OSCE examiner(s) but will give feedback based on our experience in simulation and education.

The faculty (which overall outnumbers participants 2:1) will try to look after you on the day by providing refreshments and several breaks. We will be accessible for chats about anything on your mind during and after the course.

We want to improve this course and our teaching methods. To this end, we invite your to feedback about your experience of course either given in person, in writing or via the survey monkey pre-course and post-course surveys.

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Debriefing and Feedback

Debriefing after OSCE exercises and simulations will use the ‘GAS (gather/analyse/summarise) approach.  Video feedback will also be used on the day and sent to you after the course. The main aim of feedback is to provide systematic and high quality tips rather than an any attempts ‘impart knowledge’.

To ensure a ‘high quality’ our facilitators are all pre-briefed, can use cognitive aids and will receiving feedback themselves on the debriefing they provide.


Assumed Knowledge

This course will assume knowledge of the latest teaching in advanced life support, clinical guidelines and the management of common emergencies.  So you are up to speed prior to attending, please read the manual, fill in the pre-course survey monkey and look at the OSCE course page prior to attending.


Before attending the course

On the day

  • Wear what you would wear to the OSCE? (i.e. scrubs or other comfortable attire)

Follow up 

  • Evaluate the course, ask questions and recommend us to your friends
  • Leave a preferred contact e-mail address for post-course feedback and further discussion with the facilitators
  • You will be sent a USB with all the videos of you in action from the course
  • We suggest using the videos as a post-hoc resource. You should consider re running parts of your OSCE course with your local faculty

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If you have further questions do not hesitate to contact the course director Dr Khanh Nguyen (kngu8102@hotmail.com) or our course e-mail (acetheosce@gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Westmead ‘ACE the OSCE’ Course

  1. A key aspect of the new exam is performance. This includes staying calm under pressure and practicing in similar circumstances to the real exam

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