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MEDI3056 Clinical Procedural Skills Assessment (OSCE)

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to ensure students can develop and apply clinical and procedural skills to professional practice, using common clinical conditions and scenarios. Much of the learning that underpins this module is undertaken during other modules within the programme including placement based and non-placement-based learning, however there will be some additional knowledge and skill gained through the taught elements of this module. The main focus of this module is for students to demonstrate their ability to apply existing learning to simulated clinical scenarios through live simulated scenarios. The assessment component comprises the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and the specific preparation for it. The assessment is synoptic which means that learning from other modules (including previous years of the programme) will also be assessed in this context. Therefore, preparation for this examination should be considered to include all the teaching and learning encountered during the programme so far, including clinical experience.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Carry out elements of a consultation with a patient relevant to the specialties studied this year, including taking and recording a history, performing a physical examination, eliciting questions from a patient and providing explanations, advice and reassurance
  • Understand and be able to apply the principles of diagnosis and management of clinical presentations relevant to the specialties studied this year, in a clinical setting
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with patients and colleagues in a medical context
  • Prescribe drugs relevant to the specialties studied this year safely, effectively and economically
  • Use information relevant to the specialties studied this year effectively in a medical context
  • Carry out practical procedures relevant to the specialties studied this year safely and effectively
  • Interpret investigations including radiology relevant to the specialties studied this year
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour towards patients
  • Take responsibility for your own learning and your continuing professional development


The syllabus for this module is primarily defined by the clinical placement modules studied during Year 3 (Medicine & Elderly Care, Surgery and Orthopaedics and Primary Care and Long term conditions) and students should therefore use the common clinical conditions/patient cases from those modules to guide their study. Students are expected to apply and integrate knowledge acquired in the earlier years of the programme.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which will include: • Self-directed learning • Patient based learning • Practical sessions • Guided self-study • Example OSCE stations • eLearning Large group face to face teaching sessions will mainly be delivered in Southampton and video-conferenced to Kassel where parallel small group discussion groups will be held. This module does not stand alone and learning during the other modules in the Year 3 will support the learning for this module and vice versa.

Independent Study160
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Please see individual resources on module sites on Blackboard.

MedShare for previous lectures.


Assessment Strategy

The OSCE for 20/21 will be formative. Further details regarding the OSCE will be made available on Blackboard.


Objective Structured Clinical Examination

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Equipment and Materials

It is expected that students bring a stethoscope and fob watch to the OSCE

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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