RACGP Online OSCE course: Prepare for the FRACGP via correspondence with Australian doctors
The RACGP OSCE Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP302) provides GP registrars with representative RACGP Fellowship OSCE training. The course develops clinical reasoning skills in history taking, physical examination, investigations, diagnosis, public health issues, management, procedural skills, ethical & medico-legal issues and critical appraisal skills in the context of core topics regularly examined in the RACGP OSCE Fellowship Examination.
The RACGP online OSCE course is comprised of ten complete and representative OSCE trial exams each with OSCE case scenarios that includes assessment scoring criteria and model answers. The course uses these OSCE case-based scenarios to teach core principles, strategies and techniques for approaching the clinical presentations seen in the Fellowship OSCE. The RACGP OSCE Preparation Advanced Strategies Course is completed online through METC Institute’s advanced Canvas LMS portal. The course is supported by unlimited access to expert clinical tutors all of whom are specialist medical practitioners that provide expert guidance and coaching individualised to personal requirements.
The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) forms the final component of the RACGP Fellowship Exam and is designed to assess how a candidate integrates their applied knowledge and clinical reasoning when presented with a range of clinical scenarios. The RACGP OSCE Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP302) aims to provide registrars with the knowledge and clinical framework necessary to expertly demonstrate their clinical skills, communication skills and professional attitudes in the context of consultations, patient exams and peer discussions.
This course may be completed in isolation, or in conjunction with other RACGP Fellowship preparation courses in order to prepare for the RACGP Fellowship OSCE. The course therefore forms part of a program (series of courses) that may be completed by GP registrars as they prepare for Fellowship:
RACGP OSCE Bridging Course (GP301)
Comprehensive clinical skills training for GP registrars preparing to sit the RACGP Fellowship Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE). The course is delivered via 40 comprehensive and interactive modules and lectures and is facilitated by unlimited support from the specialist GP faculty.
RACGP OSCE Preparation Online/Live course (GP302/303)
Specialist preparation courses prepare GP registrars for the RACGP Fellowship Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE). GP registrars may elect to enrol in specialist online (GP302) or live (GP303) courses written specifically for the RACGP Fellowship exam and facilitated by specialist GP faculty.
RACGP online OSCE course objectives
The aims of the RACGP OSCE Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP302) are to:
- Develop the ability to establish rapport and to communicate effectively with the patient in a pleasant, clear and logical manner, using appropriate communication skills and language
- Develop communication skills at an inter-professional level
- Develop the ability to take a relevant and organized history, following appropriate cues and eliciting positive and negative details important to the assessment and management of the patient
- Develop the ability to perform an appropriate and systematic examination that is appropriately focused and not overly inclusive
- Develop the ability to select relevant, cost-effective investigations in an appropriate sequence, including investigations conducted in General Practice
- Develop the ability to make an accurate diagnosis based on interpretation of the history, physical examination and investigations
- Develop an awareness of, and ability to deal with, public health and social issues raised in the exam
- Develop an ability to make immediate management, short-term management and preventative health decisions
- Develop an ability to demonstrate the performance of procedures that are completed appropriately and competently, with regard for patient safety and comfort
- Develop an ability to deal with ethical, medico-legal and professional issues
- Develop an ability to critically appraise clinical literature, to identify its strengths and weaknesses, and to explain to patients the evidence supporting recommendations made
RACGP online OSCE course structure
The RACGP OSCE Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP302) is completed online over 10-20 weeks. Candidates work through each trial OSCE Exam, identify their strengths and weaknesses and undergo further study in case-based learning format under the guidance and support of an expert academic faculty. Detailed course content is provided in the ‘Course Content’ tab above.
|The course is founded on the METC Institute all you can learn model. For the duration of their enrolment, course participants may make unlimited use of the medical and surgical specialist faculty to have their questions answered. Questions and discussion with the course facilitators occurs via the METC Institute online learning portal.|
Participants can ask questions about any aspect of their course, their general studies or their career and will receive a response within 24-hours (business days).
About the RACGP OSCE
The RACGP Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) comprises 14 clinical patient presentations – either eight minutes or 19 minutes in duration, with three-minute rest periods. Candidates can expect to complete the OSCE in approximately four hours.
The eight-minute station of the exam requires candidates to focus on certain aspects of a consultation, rather than an entire consultation. This may include physical examinations or practical procedures. The 19-minute station requires candidates to focus on and manage entire consultations, including outcome and follow-up.
The most recent OSCE report shows an overall pass rate of 83.57% and a mean score of 68.80%, out of a total of 986 candidates who sat the exam. Pass rates by number of attempts was 85.76% for the first attempt, 76.19% for the second attempt, and 58.33% for the third attempt.
The METC Institute RACGP OSCE preparation bridging course recognises that candidates typically under-perform in specific areas including but not limited to:
- Comprehension and focus on the salient points in the OSCE station
- Patient-centred communication
- Approach to history-taking for specific presenting complaints
- Systematic physical examination
- Prioritisation of and engaging the patient in management
The course therefore ensures appropriate focus on these general areas of difficulty. Find out more about the RACGP AKT exam by visiting the RACGP website.
RACGP Fellowship preparation
The METC Institute is committed to delivering GP registrars with comprehensive and high-yield exam preparation courses that are directive, convenient, and emphasise active learning as the ultimate method of study. This course is one of a suite of courses which assist GP registrars through the succession of Fellowship examinations.
Advanced Knowledge Test (AKT)
Online question-based exam. The AKT is sat at the same time as the KFP exam.
Key Feature Problem (KFP) exam
Case-based online exam. The KFP exam is sat at the same time as the AKT.
OSCE (Clinical Exam)
Before attempting the OSCE, candidates must have passed both the AKT and KFP exam.
Successful completion of the AKT, KFP, and OSCE results in RACGP Fellowship.