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Tips for passing the OSCE exam the first time!

Agro Health Associates

To all pharmacists preparing for OSCE:

There is no secret, short cut or magic formula for passing the OSCE the first time. I would like to add some comments about passing the OSCE exams.

  • If you are unfamiliar with the OSCE exams, make certain you visit www.pebc.ca. This will explain in detail what the expectations are for the OSCE.

  • MAKE CERTAIN YOUR ENGLISH IS UNDERSTANDABLE. Communication counts for almost 50% of the exam. If you cannot be understood, not amount of clinical knowledge is going to help you.
  • If you have never been in a Canadian pharmacy, I would highly recommend you visit or volunteer to work in a Canadian pharmacy for several weeks. Get as much experience as you possibly can. This will be invaluable. There are a lot of foreign trained pharmacists who are now licensed who would be willing toteach another foreign trained pharmacist.
  • In each OSCE station, you will be presented with a problem that must be solved within 7 mins. It could be a therapeutics problem, it could be a communication problem, an ethical problem, or a combination of the above. The problems presented are no different that what you would see in a typical pharmacy every day. They are not complicated.
  • You will be required to use your PROFESSIONAL JUDGEMENT at almost every station. If you do not know what professional judgement is, I would suggest you GOOGLE the term and get an explanation. Not all decisions in pharmacy are easy and sometime there is no easy answer. This is why you are called a PROFESSIONAL when you get your license.
  • Whatever decision you make in the OSCE station, always make sure you do what is in the BEST INTERESTS OF THE PATIENT. This should be your guide. When in doubt, think of this.
  • Make sure you address the patient's concern. If the patient is in pain and discomfort, let them know that you will do everything possible to help them.
  • Make sure you know your therapeutics. If you are studying for MCQ, this will help considerably.
  • Do NOT make a recommendation to a patient unless you are sure of your recommendation. DO NOT GUESS. You will lose points for this.
  • Make sure you know how to use a CPS. They are not easy books to master, but you can waste a lot of time flipping the pages of the CPS.
  • Make certain you know how to check a prescription. In the non-interactive stations, you will have to check many prescriptions. This is ESSENTIAL.
  • In the non-interactive stations, you may be required to calculate the dose of a drug, perhaps in a child. You must make sure of your pharmaceutical calculations.
  • Your patient is your best source for clues: if they mention something several times, that is a clue that you have not addressed their problem.
  • Make sure the patient understands completely what you have said and what your recommendation is. You could ask the patient: "Just to make sure I was clear, could you repeat to me how you are going to use this medication?"
  • Make certain you learn to relax. More IPG's blow the stations out of panic and nerves than any other reasons.
  • I am not certain of the value of study groups. The reason I say this is because it is like the 'blind leading the blind', unless you have someone who is skilled and a licensed pharmacist leading the group.
  • Sometimes, there may not be a problem in a station; you might only have to counsel a patient on how to use a medication or a device.

I hope some of these tips help you. We have talked foreign trained pharmacist for almost 10 years, and it is heartbreaking to see the difficulty many of these people go through to pass the exams.

If you need any more advice, please visit www.agrohealth.com or contact me through pharmacyintern.ca

If there is a specific topic you would like me to address, please reply to this topic.

Good luck,
Paul

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