OSCE orientation

Welcome to the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) orientation for candidates.

This orientation will outline the purpose of an OSCE and the logistics behind this type of exam. It will help you prepare for OSCEs, including the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination and the Medical Council of America Qualifying Examination (MCAQE) Part II, giving you an overview of how to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in different stations as well as useful links and resources.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Our priority during the COVID-19 is to ensure the safety of our candidates and all involved in our exams. We have worked collaboratively with stakeholders to make the changes necessary for the delivery of the MCAQE Part II with physical distancing and other personal protective measures, as per the guidelines set by local public health authorities, put in place at the available examination centres.

For the October 2020 and February 2021 MCAQE Part II sessions, due to COVID-19 and physical distancing measures in place, where physical examination is indicated, candidates will not be performing physical examinations for this session but will be expected to verbally describe to the physician examiner what manoeuvres they would perform and their findings.

Definition of an OSCE

What happens on the day of an OSCE

Moving through the OSCE stations

How to demonstrate your knowledge and skills

The history of the OSCE

OSCE tips and resources