Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)
This page is for candidates wanting to find out about, apply for, prepare for and take the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE).
The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is a practical clinical exam. It is a summative assessment of the RANZCP Fellowship Program.
It assesses clinical competencies across a range of psychiatric practice areas. The exam is set at the standard expected at the end of Stage 3.
The exam runs for 180 minutes and is made up of 12 stations:
- eight short stations, each of 10 minutes duration (examined by one examiner)
- three long stations, each of 20 minutes duration (examined by two examiners)
- one bye station of 20 minutes duration, which could be active or inactive.
The OSCE is offered twice a year at rotating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Refer to the exam timetable for dates and details.
Modified OSCE Circuit Implementation – April 2018
To ensure the ongoing sustainability of the OSCEs and meet the demand of the increasing OSCE applications, the Education Committee and the Board have approved the introduction of a modified OSCE circuit from April 2018 onwards.
Candidates are directed to a Communiqué outlining the rationale and explaining the modified OSCE circuit.
The RANZCP recommends that trainees take the OSCE in Stage 3 of training.
Trainees are eligible to apply for the OSCE after they have completed 30 months FTE training as shown on their Training Record. They should have successfully completed the OSCE by 60 months FTE training.
How to apply
Application for the April 2018 OSCE closed COB Friday 1 December 2017.
Exam support resources
OSCE preparation and advice is available under 4.8 of the OSCE Policy and Procedure.
Congress 2017 OSCE Workshop [PDF; 527 KB]
Previous OSCE stations
OSCE Medical Equipment Pack
The OSCE Medical Equipment Pack may be used the in medical disorder in psychiatry station.
Timing and candidate movement
The OSCE sample master timetable [PDF; 265 KB] detail timings and candidate movement through the stream.
Blueprint descriptors and station coverage
The stations will be mapped to the OSCE Blueprint Descriptors, areas of practice accredited for the Fellowship Program and to the CanMEDS roles and Fellowship Competencies.
The Blueprint descriptors will cover 8 disorder groups and 3 skills areas relevant to the practice of psychiatry:
- anxiety disorders
- child and adolescent disorders
- medical disorders in psychiatry
- mood disorders
- personality disorders
- psychotic disorders
- substance use disorders
- other disorders (eg. neuropsychiatric, sex, sleep, somatoform, eating, etc.)
- clinical assessment skills
- governance skills
- other skills (eg. ethics, consent, capacity, collaboration, advocacy, indigenous, rural, etc.)
Generally at least two stations will cover mood disorders, and one station each on psychotic disorder, anxiety disorder, medicine in psychiatry and a Core Skills station.
The Core Skills station will be tested in the long circuit and will focus on testing core clinical assessment skills, including formulation and management planning etc.
The focus of the remaining stations may be from any of the other Blueprint descriptors.
For exam day
If an incident occurred during your exam that could have affected your performance or the outcome of the exam, please complete an Incident Report form within 5 working days of taking the exam. A response to your incident report will be included in your result letter.
Results are released on the dates specified in the exam timetable. When released, results are available from the Results, timetables, fees page.
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