Perfecting Student-led Sustainable Mock OSCEs for Medical Students

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Perfecting Student-led Sustainable Mock OSCEs for Medical Students
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Zaina Salahuddin, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom


King’s College London uses OSCE from year 2 up to finals to examine medical students. Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) are used by most medical schools but mocks are difficult due to organise because of budget constraints.

To improve structural organisation of student-led mock OSCEs for third year medical students by final year medical students over 3 weeks

OSCE circuits of 7 stations were set up for year 3 medical students for £5 tickets to avoid no-show. Year 5 medical students were recruited as volunteer examiners to gain valuable teaching experience. Qualitative data collection was done using google feedback forms for both ‘students’ and ‘examiners’ after each circuit. PDSA cycle 1 included 84 students and 27 examiners, while PDSA cycle 2 included 112 students and 33 examiners.
Results and Discussion
Objective was to better organise mock OSCEs to improve both student and examiner experience. In a cost effective manner. Both students and examiners reported PDSA cycle 1 had improved organisation with the changes implemented (including strict time keeping, in dept briefing, recruiting spare examiners, printed mark schemes and verbal prompts on the day).

Positive student feedback suggests there could be sufficient interest next year. 100% students agreed they would recommend this mock to their junior peers. Positive examiner feedback suggests there may be adequate volunteersa to sustain this structure in the following years. Over 95% examiners said they are likely to volunteer again to be an examiner.

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