|My exams this year...
||[May. 17th, 2008|12:07 pm]
I don't want to distract from anyone doing finals or other scary exams in the next few weeks (they are much more important than anything I'm worrying about here in London town) but I feel I have to say something about my exams that I have for clinical medicine.
On tuesday, I'll be doing an Objective Structured Clinical Exam, wonderfully abbreviated to OSCE and roughly translated to steeplechase style exam of 12 rooms each of which I spend 10 minutes in and I
-talk to actors about their supposed medical problems
-examine actors and students
-perform junior doctory procedures on manikin arms, skin pads (or groins or arses - (1)) cunningly attached to actors
or explain invasive procedures to people.
There are three things that worry me about this.
The first is the obvious exam stress thing but they are ok and people are telling me not to panic (which I am taking surprisingly well)
The second is that only in this last week prior to them have I started to imagine it as a rather slightly warped take on the crystal maze - this came on particularly this morning when I managed to think of someone making three mistakes on the explaining a barium enema station and the team having to decide whether we wanted to buy them out... (2)
However, by far the most worrying is that in order to practise I have been examing non-existant people at the weekend. I suppose atleast I haven't been using my stethoscope to listen to them as well.
Ah well, I've been advised to think of it as an audition for next year when I actually do some proper medicine (which worryingly involves children and pregnant women as well as the usual grab bag of other people that they let me near...) so hopefully should be alright, I mean, I've never been embarrassed by any other auditions I might have had to do in the past, have I?
Pink oboes not withstanding...
1- much as I would love to show you images you can find them yourself as I suspect they may be considered NSFW or just very, very odd. Try searching for adam rouilly and scroll down when you reach his site...
2 - Unfortunately haven't worked out whether it was with Richard O'Dave or Ed Tudor-Pole and I'm honestly not sure which one of them would have me catheterising a plastic groin for a crystal.