REVAMPED- FACEM OSCE Preparation Course

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Course Faculty

Dr Khanh Nguyen – MBBS FACEM (Course Director)
Staff Specialist (Auburn Hospital)
DEMT and Visiting Medical Officer at Westmead Hospital
Course Coordinator – The University of Sydney (Critical Care Masters)
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Dr Bibhu Pradhananga – MBBS FACEM (Course Co-director)
Staff Specialist (Ryde and Concord Hospitals)
Visiting Medical Officer at Westmead Hospital
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Dr Laura Brown – MB BCh BAO FACEM (Course Co-director)
Staff Specialist, ED Wellbeing Coordinator, JMO Coordinator – Westmead Hospital
Co-Director of Emergency Medicine at Norwest Private Hospital
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A/Prof Andrew Coggins, MBChB FRCP FACEM (Course Co-director)
Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Trauma at Westmead Hospital
Director of the Westmead Simulation Lab (SiLECT)

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Dr Una Nic Ionmhain – MBChB FACEM (Course Senior Faculty)


Consultant in Emergency Medicine – Sydney, NSW

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Dr Alexei Narushevich – MBBS FACEM (Course Senior Faculty)


Consultant Staff Specialist at Nepean Hospital
Visiting Medical Officer in Emergency Medicine at Westmead Hospital and Auburn

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OSCE Course Photo 2017

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What to expect?

During the 1 day program, teaching by the experienced faculty utilises extended trial OSCE stations and OSCE ‘coaching’.  

The facilitators will initially model helpful exam techniques.  There will be a ‘communication’ workshop.  The faculty will keep you actively involved and in the various exercises in the morning session using a ‘rapid cycle deliberate practice’ technique.  This approach can be used in your on-going exam preparations.

The most unique thing about this course is the small numbers (maximum of 12 in a group).  This allows an individualised rather than a generic or group approach.

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

There will be a nominal charge for the course ($750) to cover various costs (hiring simulation facilities, external faculty and provision of catering). This cost is paid through the Eventbrite website when tickets become available.

The faculty is a ‘not for profit’ team of enthusiastic FACEMs.  We support Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM). Any funds received for this course goes to our trust fund (for local registrar training and further education of junior doctors and students). The course has been recently modified in line with the new exam stations (7 minute simulations and SCBDs)

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Faculty and oversight of the course will include FACEMs, college examiners and fellow 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 of FACEMS, registrars, sim lab staff and students (which overall outnumber participants) will try to look after you.  There will be refreshments and several breaks.

The FACEMs are accessible for a chat about anything on your mind during 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 post course survey.

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Video and Feedback Style

Immediate feedback after OSCE exercises and simulations (if these in current exam) will use the ‘GAS (gather/analyse/summarise) approach.

Video feedback will also be used on the day and copies of the videos are sent to you after the course on a USB stick.

The main aim of combining immediate and post course-video feedback is to provide systematic and high quality ‘fine tuning’ 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.

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Assumed Knowledge

This course will assume knowledge of the latest teaching in advanced life support, clinical guidelines and the management of common emergencies. Many people attended the course prior to sitting the written and have enjoyed the course…


Before Attending

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On the day

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

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Course 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 (by mail) with all the videos of you in action from the course.  The files are too big to be sent via email.
  • We suggest using your course videos post-hoc.
  • You should consider re-running parts of the OSCE stations with your local FACEMs.

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2 thoughts on “REVAMPED- FACEM OSCE Preparation 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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