Ten Tips for Your OSCE

In an attempt to help out the medical students that I work with, I came up with these ten tips for their OSCEs.

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Digital Devices Can Damage Learning

Researchers tested the learning of students who had either taken handwritten notes or notes on a (non internet enabled) laptop during a presentation and they discovered that those who had taken handwritten notes did better.

Rubber Ducks

A recent tweet from the account of the QI Elves has added a new Rubber Duck to my consciousness and rather bizarrely it is related to my interest in Diagnostic Thinking. Is it possible that a rubber duck could reduce errors and improve patient safety?

Questioning Your Diagnosis

The frailties of our cognition are long established and whilst it may not be possible, or even desirable, to have all clinicians thinking alike, we must acknowledge these faults inherent in human thinking and make deliberate efforts to mitigate them. What follows are six simple questions that attempt to trigger a more reflective process by diagnosticians and potentially reduce the impact of erroneous thinking.

Supercharge Your Learning

This is a very briefly summary of evidence based learning strategies and then my suggestion of how we can apply them to our busy, everyday clinical practice. This is not meant as a substitute for quality time spent with an experienced educator but it is something we can do for ourselves to help compliment and consolidate any formal learning that we receive.