Welcome to SimpleOSCE. We detail clinical examinations in a comprehensive but simple way.
All exam pages have in-depth pathology explanations to ensure a thorough understanding of topics.
Interactive markschemes and adjustable timers right on the webpage help you reach your goals quickly and easily.
We've developed a robust editorial workflow to ensure all our content is accurate and relevant to clinical exams.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are ever asked to document your findings, ensure that you have the following in the patient's notes:
Includes examination of the hands, arms, face, neck, praecordium, and periphery.
Includes examination of the hands, face, neck, chest, back, lymph nodes and periphery.
Includes examination of the hands, arms, face, neck, chest, abdomen and periphery.
Includes revision of specific nerve functions and how they correlate to pathology.
Neurological examination of tone, power, reflexes, sensation and co-ordination.
Examination of tone, power, reflexes, sensation, co-ordination, Romberg's test and gait analysis.
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