During their education, medical students must learn and develop the fundamental history-taking and physical examination skills to prepare them for their medical careers. In an effort to standardize the clinical evaluations of these skills, North American medical schools use Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Medical students and residents perform clinical tasks with a simulated patient and the student is evaluated on the questions that are asked of the "patient and how the physical examination is conducted. These are generally evaluated in a checklist manner, with appropriate actions receiving a checkmark.
Most medical schools use this form of evaluation as early as the first year of medicine. The OSCE and Clinical Skills Handbook was designed as a study aid for medical students preparing for these examinations. It summarizes important history and physical examination skills but also presents the information in a Q & A format, designed to facilitate both individual and group study. It is a practical review for medical students of all levels. The various disorders are described in such a way as to guide the less experienced while also including a more sophisticated multi-system perspective.
The OSCE and Clinical Skills Handbook will be a valuable comprehensive reference to which any level of student can return often.
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What is an OSCE?
How is an OSCE Graded?
How Should I Prepare for an OSCE?
How To Use This Book
Breaking Bad News
Chapter 1: Cardiovascular System
Chapter 2: Respiratory System
Chapter 3: Gastrointestinal System
Chapter 4: Genitourinary System
Chapter 5: Nervous System
Chapter 6: Musculoskeletal System
Chapter 7: Dermatology
Chapter 8: Hematology
Chapter 9: Endocrinology
Chapter 10: Psychiatry
Chapter 11: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chapter 12: Pediatrics
Chapter 13: Geriatrics
Chapter 14: Ethics
Appendix A: Sample In-Depth OSCE Case