Mastering the OSCE and CSA Examination: Objective Structured Clinical Examination and Clinical Skills Assessment / Edition 1

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The OSCE Objective Structured Clinical Examination for medical students and the CSA Clinical Skills Assessment for international medical graduates have always been a mystery. How do I approach the Standardized Patient? How do I study for this examination? How much time do I have with each patient? How will I be graded? How can I improve my performance? These questions and more are now answered in this book.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

Now, medical students preparing for Step 2 of the USMLE have a unique study tool for the newly instituted OSCE and CSA simulated patient examinations. Working with actors posing as standardized patients, students must accurately examine, communicate with, and diagnosis these "patients" and their presenting clinical signs. Medical students must pass this component as part of the USMLE Step 2 and IMGs must pass it as part of the ECFMG requirements. This book is 50 cases which mimic the types of patients these students will see in these simulations as it reviews physical examination skills, communications skills and diagnostic skills. It describes what a simulated patient is and gives tips on passing each practice case.

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Reviewer: Pat Norton, EdD (University of Alabama School of Medicine)
Description: Readers are provided with an overview of the clinical exam process; both the types of skills tested and strategies for success. An extensive bank of practice examination questions is also provided.
Purpose: The authors help demystify the 0SCE/CSA for medical students and physicians who will take part in these exams.
Audience: Because clinical exams will become part of the licensing process and are currently a graduation requirement at many schools, this text is especially helpful for U.S. medical students and foreign medical graduates.
Features: The authors provide an overview of the clinical exam, and they explain types of skills being assessed, grading, and the role of standardized patients. Common physical exam and communication scenarios are discussed along with typical inter-station tasks and their goals. For the majority of the text the authors present sample cases in internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, with student instructions and a worksheet for planning the patient encounter (history questions, physical exam elements, and communication items). The proposed checklist for each case is provided on the reverse of the worksheet.
Assessment: If there is a shortcoming in this text, it is that "patient answers" are listed in parentheses following the checklist item. The progress of many clinical encounters is based on the patient's answers (i.e., has the pain been present for a while or did it begin that morning; how does the patient describe the pain). While some basic questions can he developed, students may "miss" checklist items since they will not have an answer to their initial questions. It is obvious, however, that the authors have an excellent understanding of the clinical exam process and the skills necessary for success in these types of exams. 0n the whole, they provide a comprehensive overview of the OSCEs/CSAs. Individuals who read and study this text should do quite well on subsequent exams.
Pat Norton
Readers are provided with an overview of the clinical exam process; both the types of skills tested and strategies for success. An extensive bank of practice examination questions is also provided. The authors help demystify the 0SCE/CSA for medical students and physicians who will take part in these exams. Because clinical exams will become part of the licensing process and are currently a graduation requirement at many schools, this text is especially helpful for U.S. medical students and foreign medical graduates. The authors provide an overview of the clinical exam, and they explain types of skills being assessed, grading, and the role of standardized patients. Common physical exam and communication scenarios are discussed along with typical inter-station tasks and their goals. For the majority of the text the authors present sample cases in internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, with student instructions and a worksheet for planning the patient encounter (history questions, physical exam elements, and communication items). The proposed checklist for each case is provided on the reverse of the worksheet. If there is a shortcoming in this text, it is that "patient answers" are listed in parentheses following the checklist item. The progress of many clinical encounters is based on the patient's answers (i.e., has the pain been present for a while or did it begin that morning; how does the patient describe the pain). While some basic questions can he developed, students may "miss" checklist items since they will not have an answer to their initial questions. It is obvious, however, that the authors have an excellent understanding of theclinical exam process and the skills necessary for success in these types of exams. 0n the whole, they provide a comprehensive overview of the OSCEs/CSAs. Individuals who read and study this text should do quite well on subsequent exams.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071350129
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.57 (w) x 10.95 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Who Will Find This Book Useful
Background
Preface
Acknowledgements
Faculty, Resident and Student Reviewers
Sect. A The Examination
Introduction: What Is the "OSCE" or "CSA"?
Who Is the Standardized Simulated Patient?
The Day of the Test
Beginning the Standardized Patient Encounter
Developing the Checklist
The History
The Physical Examination
Physical Examination Findings That May Be Seen in a Standardized Patient
Five Simple Steps to Effective Communication
Improving Your Interpersonal Skills Quickly
Common Communication Challenges
The Interstation or Patient Note How to Pass the Written Part
Sect. B The 50 Practice Cases
General Case Instructions
Presenting Problems
Sect. C The Final Work-Out
Some Challenging Cases
The Common Encounters for Each Specialty
References
Index of Practice Cases
Index
Supplement - 12-page pull-out section for last minute review
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2001

    Great for CSA

    Well its an excellent key to get through CSA...covering most of the important cases..good as a practical guide....u can practise the cases on someone and match your performance with the check list given....MUST GO THROUGH IT AT LEAST TWICE OR U WILL MISS MANY IMPORTANT PEARLS... The only drawback is that it doesn't focus on the physical exam and for that you have to consult some clinical methods book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2000

    excellent

    a must read for anyone taking the CSA- I took the CSA and completed the stations way ahead of time because of this book - the cases helped me to practice and pace myself - there were no surprises on the actual test day- a real confidence booster -

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