Before going into the hospital and working on real patients, all medical students are required to pass an examination called OSCE (Objective structured clinical examination). This is typically done at the end of each academic year (end of 1st yr, 2nd yr, and 3rd yr) where you are expected to play the doctor role and figure out what is wrong with the person and then treat the patient, just like you would in a real clinic. The area where we will be doing this is set up just like a doctors office. It has charts on the doors where we get the patients name and reason for visit to the doctor, equipment used to look inside the patients eyes/ears, equipment to take their blood pressure and vital signs, exam table and computer.  The exam is video recorded and if you screw up too bad, you have to meet with the deans of the medical school and re-watch the video/discuss areas of concern. The patients are paid actors hired by the university to portray different clinical presentations and they will grade us on the examination and office visit.  They can act out any symptoms and it is our job to figure out what is wrong with the patient, decipher between differentials (possible diagnoses) and offer a treatment/medication. We then have to present this information to a head doctor who will drill us with questions and critique our assessment. Some doctors can be quite mean and will yell at you if you say something stupid or forget to do something (i.e, forget to listen to the patients heart if the patient came in with chest pain). Im used to the yelling thou (lol) from being in the military for 8 yrs before coming to med school but hopefully this does not happen today. 

Written by Webb