OSCE revision Checklist for medical student final exams
OSCE Revision Checklist

OSCE Checklist

This is an attempt to make a syllabus and list of OSCE stations for finals. OSCE stations vary between Universities, and there are new and different stations every year, so we can’t provide a definitive list of everything (…but we can try!)

And, obviously, there are diseases not listed here, that it would be useful to know about.
But, based on previous student’s experience, and our own notes, here is a big fat list of everything you should try to learn for finals.
  • This list is created in relation to the course at The University of Manchester, and is updated regularly with new topics. If you think something is missing please let me know, and we will add it to the list.
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Cardiovascular System

Conditions
OSCE Stations
History Taking
  • Breathlessness
  • Chest Pain
  • Palpitations
  • Leg pain (claudication)
Examination
  • Cardiovascular exam
  • Likely to be a focussed for a specific condition: MR, MS, AR, AS, Heart Failure
  • DVT Exam (may be ‘Leg swelling’ station)
  • Peripheral vascular exam
  • Varicose veins exam
  • Hydration status
Skills
Interpretation
Explanation

Any of the conditions on the left, INCLUDING TREATMENTS

Respiratory System

Conditions
OSCE Stations
History Taking
  • Breathlessness
  • Haemoptysis
  • Cough
Examination
  • Respiratory exam
  • Likely to be a focussed for a specific condition: e.g. pleural effusion, pneumothorax
  • Know the causes of clubbing
  • Lymph nodes / neck exam
Skills
Interpretation
  • Peak flow results
  • Spirometry (obstructive vs restrictive)
  • CXR – could be: pneumothorax, pleural effusion, COPD, pulmonary oedema, lytic lesions
Explanation

Any of the conditions on the left, INCLUDING TREATMENTS

Gastrointestinal System

Conditions
OSCE Stations

Liver / biliary tree:

Upper GI

Small Intestine

Large Intestine

Other

Explanation

Any of the conditions on the left, INCLUDING TREATMENTS  

  • Investigations / procedures: e.g. colonoscopy, gastroscopy, stoma, barium swallow / enema, gallstones
Interpretation
Skills
Examination
  • Abdo exam
  • Know the causes of: ascites, hepatosplenomegaly, clubbing
  • Hepatomegaly
  • Hernias
  • PR exam
History Taking

Renal / Urology

Conditions
OSCE Stations
Explanation

Any of the conditions on the left, INCLUDING TREATMENTS  

Interpretation
Skills
Examination
History Taking

Endocrinology

Conditions
OSCE Stations
Explanation
  • Any of the conditions on the left, INCLUDING TREATMENTS  
    DIABETES!
Interpretation
  • Adrenal axis blood results
  • Hyperthyroidism / hypothyroidism
Skills
Examination
History Taking
  • Tired all the time
  • Diabetic first presentation
  • Diabetic complications

Orthopaedics and Rheumatology

Conditions
OSCE Stations
Explanation

Any of the conditions on the left, INCLUDING TREATMENTS  

Interpretation
  • X-rays
Skills
Examination
History Taking
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Swollen joints

Neurology

Conditions
OSCE Stations
Explanation

Any of the conditions on the left, INCLUDING TREATMENTS  

Examination
History Taking
  • Fits / seizures
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Tremor

Ophthalmology

Conditions
OSCE Stations
  • II, IV and VI nerve lesions
  • Ptosis
  • Hemianopias
  • Scotoma
  • “Tunnel Vison”
  • Pupillary defects
  • Eye movement disorders
  • Nystagmus
  • Thyroid eye disease
  • Strabismus
  • Diabetic eye changes
  • Hypertensive eye changes
  • Optic atrophy
  • Papilloedema
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
Explanation

Any of the conditions on the left, INCLUDING TREATMENTS  

Examination
  • Cranial nerves for eyes
  • Visual Acuity
  • Visual Fields
History Taking
  • Diplopia
  • Red Eye
  • Loss of vision

Psychiatry

Conditions
OSCE Stations
Explanation

Any of the conditions on the left, INCLUDING TREATMENTS  

Examination
History Taking

Haematology

Conditions
OSCE Stations
Explanation

Any of the conditions on the left, INCLUDING TREATMENTS  

Interpretation
History Taking
  • Tiredness

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Conditions
OSCE Stations
Explanation

Any of the conditions on the left, INCLUDING TREATMENTS  

  • CONTRACEPTION
  • Investigations / procedures: colposcopy, smear, hysteroscopy, mammogram, triple assessment
  • Cytology results – including counselling
  • Explanation of labour
  • Explanation og pregnancy planning (e.g. dietary supplements, alcohol)
  • Breastfeeding / neonatal nutrition
  • Antenatal screening
  • CIN / cervical screening / HPV vaccination
  • Home Birth
Interpretation
  • CTG / partogram
  • Cytology results
Skills
Examination
History Taking

Paediatrics

Conditions
OSCE Stations
Explanation

Any of the conditions on the left, INCLUDING TREATMENTS  

Interpretation
Skills
Examination
History Taking

Miscellaneous

OSCE Stations
Skills
Examination
  • Lymphatic system – (e.g. splenomegaly, common sites of enlarged nodes)
Explanation
  • Prescribing antibiotics
  • Analgesia
  • Ethics / confidentiality, e.g.:
    STI and informing partners
    Disclosing info to relatives
    Explaining to parent why child has to stay in hospital
    HIV counselling
    Pre op / post op care and management
Others
  • MRSA swabs / barrier nursing
  • Death Certification
  • Handover
  • Informing the DVLA (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, post-MI)
  • Breaking bad news
  • Angry relatives
  • Managing complaints
 
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