OSCE dilemma sorter: Dilemma 2

In this clip you are the examiner and a candidate has been asked to examine a patients fundi. You observe the following...

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As an examiner how would you manage this situation?

Reveal answer

As examiners we must acknowledge that OSCEs are stressful and artificial situations for candidates. Most students will experience some degree of nervousness ranging from mild symptoms to extreme levels of anxiety. Examiners are encouraged to place candidates at ease when they enter the station however they should not prompt or change the 'circumstances' of the station for the candidate. If you feel the student is experiencing significant anxiety you should notify the invigilator. The candidate may be temporarily removed from the station and given some time out to compose themselves and re-enter the OSCE at a later time. They may well be given an opportunity to repeat the station(s) that they missed.