Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)
This page is for candidates wanting to find out about, apply for, prepare for and take the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE).
The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is a practical clinical exam. It is a summative assessment of the RANZCP Fellowship Program.
It assesses clinical competencies across a range of psychiatric practice areas. The exam is set at the standard expected at the end of Stage 3.
The exam runs for 200 minutes and is made up of 15 stations:
- the short station circuit is made up of eight (8) short stations (examined by one examiner) and two (2) bye stations, each of 10 minutes duration. Both bye stations in the short circuit will be inactive.
- the long station circuit is made up of three (3) long stations (examined by two examiners), and two (2) bye stations, each of 20 minutes duration. The bye stations in the long circuit may be active or inactive.
The OSCE is offered twice a year at rotating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Refer to the exam timetable for dates and details.
Modified OSCE Circuit Implementation – April 2018
To ensure the ongoing sustainability of the OSCEs and meet the demand of the increasing OSCE applications, the Education Committee and the Board have approved the introduction of a modified OSCE circuit from April 2018 onwards.
Candidates are directed to a Communiqué outlining the rationale and explaining the modified OSCE circuit.
Sample of modified OSCE circuit [PDF; 177 KB]
The RANZCP recommends that trainees take the OSCE in Stage 3 of training.
Trainees are eligible to apply for the OSCE after they have completed 30 months FTE training as shown on their Training Record. They should have successfully completed the OSCE by 60 months FTE training.
How to apply
Application for the April 2019 OSCE has now closed.
Exam support resources
Congress 2018 OSCE Workshop [PDF; 397 KB]
Previous OSCE stations
OSCE Medical Equipment Pack
The OSCE Medical Equipment Pack may be used the in medical disorder in psychiatry station.
Timing and candidate movement
The OSCE sample master timetable details timings and candidate movement throughout the stream.
Sample Master Timetable - Active Bye (Default) [PDF; 508 KB]
Sample Mater Timetable - Inactive Bye [PDF; 495 KB]
Candidates please note the variation to the finish time in the Master Timetable - Active Bye (Default). Whilst the College aims to start the examination on time, there are instances where it can be unavoidably delayed. For candidates who are travelling / flying, we ask that you do not book flights immediately following the examination. Knowing that you have a tight timeframe to catch your flight can be stressful therefore we highly recommend that you book a flight at least 3 hours after the scheduled conclusion of the examination.
Please note, whether or not an OSCE comprises an Active Bye, it will only be known on the day of the examination.
Blueprint descriptors and station coverage
The stations will be mapped to the OSCE Blueprint Descriptors, areas of practice accredited for the Fellowship Program and to the CanMEDS roles and Fellowship Competencies.
The Blueprint descriptors will cover 8 disorder groups and 3 skills areas relevant to the practice of psychiatry:
- anxiety disorders
- child and adolescent disorders
- medical disorders in psychiatry
- mood disorders
- personality disorders
- psychotic disorders
- substance use disorders
- other disorders (eg. neuropsychiatric, sex, sleep, somatoform, eating, etc.)
- clinical assessment skills
- governance skills
- other skills (eg. ethics, consent, capacity, collaboration, advocacy, indigenous, rural, etc.)
Generally at least two stations will cover mood disorders, and one station each on psychotic disorder, anxiety disorder, medicine in psychiatry and a Core Skills station.
The Core Skills station will be tested in the long circuit and will focus on testing core clinical assessment skills, including formulation and management planning etc.
The focus of the remaining stations may be from any of the other Blueprint descriptors.
For exam day
If an incident occurred during your exam that could have affected your performance or the outcome of the exam, please complete an Incident Report form within 5 working days of taking the exam. A response to your incident report will be included in your result letter.
Results are released on the dates specified in the exam timetable. When released, results are available from the Results, timetables, fees page.
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