Everything you need to know about the MRCEM OSCE

The MRCEM OSCE is the last step in completing your MRCEM exams. Once you have completed the exams, you will typically be able to achieve an ST3 position in the NHS and from there, after around 9 months in the NHS you can apply for training or enter straight into a CESR training position.

This blog will help you discover what is needed to take the MRCEM OSCE and most importantly what to expect from the exam.

Eligibility for the MRCEM OSCE

Here are the following requirements to sit the MRCEM OSCE;

  • Hold a medical qualification approved by the GMC.
  • Passed MRCEM Primary.
  • Passed MRCEM Intermediate.
  • Have 48 months experience including 6 months experience in Emergency Medicine at a level above FY1.
  • Cannot have failed the MRCEM OSCE 6 times.

Structure and Content of the MRCEM Final Examinations

The MRCEM OSCE consists of an Objective Structure Clinical Examination of 18 stations and you will be at each station for seven minutes. There are no written components to this exam. You will be given an additional one minute of reading time in between each OSCE station to prepare yourself for that station.

Of the 18 stations, 16 of these stations will be patient encounters and the other 2 will be rest stations.

The MRCEM OSCE assesses the common competences and clinical competences required for the evaluation and immediate management of common clinical conditions seen in the Emergency Department in adults and children.

The full breadth of the major and acute presentations listed in the ACCS curriculum will be tested. Additional presentations in the higher training curriculum will not be tested in the examination. Competence in children’s emergencies is expected at a level delivered in a general Emergency Department and focuses mainly on the seriously ill and injured child, or the management of common childhood emergencies.

The difficulty that many doctors have is that the MRCEM OSCE does not only challenge your theoretical knowledge but also your communication skills and your resus skills. With this,  preparation is always vital, keep posted for Remedium Partnerss helpful tips and revision resources to pass the MRCEM OSCE.

Finally, the MRCEM OSCE is conducted in English and candidates are advised that IELTS Level 7.5 overall, with a score of at least 7 in each category, is the expected standard for completion of the MRCEM examinations. However, it is not a requirement to have completed your IELTS or OET before sitting the examination.

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