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 your MRCEM exams you will typically be able to achieve an ST3 position in the NHS and from there, after a year in the NHS you can apply for training or enter straight into a CESR training position. This article will help you discover what is needed to take the MRCEM OSCE, when and where you can sit the exam and most importantly what to expect from the exam.

1)      Eligibility for the MRCEM OSCE

2)      When, where and the cost

3)      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 FRCEM Primary / MRCEM Part A Examination.
  • Passed FRCEM Intermediate SAQ / MRCEM Part B Examination.
  • Have 36 months experience including 6 months experience in Emergency Medicine at a level above FY1.
  • Cannot have failed the MRCEM OSCE 6 times.


When, where and the cost of the MRCEM OSCE

Upcoming course dates:

  • 8th – 12th March 2021, London, Open for applications closing on 7th December 2020.
  • 7th – 11th June 2021, London, Opens 11th January 2021.

*there are also exams in India, however, with the current COVID-19 situation there are no confirmed dates for the exams.

The cost of the examinations is £450 and you can apply here:


It is worth noting that sometimes the applications do take time to confirm and positions do fill up, so do apply well in advance of the exam date.


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. 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 is the expected standard for completion of the FRCEM examinations. However, it is not a requirement to have completed your IELTS or OET before sitting the examination.

We hope that this post has been helpful, any further queries please direct to info@remediumpartners.com and we would love to assist you.

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