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We've developed a robust editorial workflow to ensure all our content is accurate and relevant to clinical exams.

Why us?

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At SimpleOSCE we believe we provide the most complete clinical examination training online. Our aim is to write material which provides more information than the bare minimum knowledge necessary, but to not overwhelm with textbook level detail. Where relevant, we include interactive markschemes, timers, pathology galleries, presentations spiels and more to ensure complete mastery of any topic.

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Step 1: Read our general approach to examinations

General points for all examinations

The examinations are described in chronological order of how they are performed. However, there are many ways each one can be conducted, and it's important to develop your own approach.

1. Introduction

Prefacing all of the examinations, introduce yourself to the patient (full name), explain who you are, and why you are there/what you are about to do. Confirm the patient's name and date of birth. Tell the patient how much time the exam will take, and if required, also obtain a chaperone. Ask for consent, and once given, proceed to wash hands. All bedside examinations are performed from the right side of the patient.

2. Ending

At the end of the examination, wash hands once more, and thank the patient. Ask the patient if they need any help getting dressed, or if they need help getting comfortable. Thank them for their time. Remove your stethoscope and hold it behind your back. Present your findings to your examiner in a clear and concise manner with continual eye contact.

3. Documentation

If you are ever asked to document your findings, ensure that you have the following in the patient's notes:

  • Date and time.
  • Patient's name and date of birth (DOB).
  • Patient's hospital number.
  • Details of the examination/procedure.
  • Your name and position.
  • Your signature.

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Core exams

Cardiovascular exam
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Includes examination of the hands, arms, face, neck, praecordium, and periphery.

Respiratory exam
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Includes examination of the hands, face, neck, chest, back, lymph nodes and periphery.

Abdominal exam
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Includes examination of the hands, arms, face, neck, chest, abdomen and periphery.

Neurological exams

Cranial nerve exam
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Includes revision of specific nerve functions and how they correlate to pathology.

Upper limb exam
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Neurological examination of tone, power, reflexes, sensation and co-ordination.

Lower limb exam
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Examination of tone, power, reflexes, sensation, co-ordination, Romberg's test and gait analysis.

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