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.

The exam assesses clinical competencies across a range of psychiatric practice areas. The exam is set at the standard expected at the end of Stage 3 of the training program. 

OSCE Saturday 20 November 2021

The October OSCE has been rescheduled to Saturday 20 November 2021 and will be delivered online.

Training and calibration for examiners is scheduled for Friday 19 November. 

Exam Format and Delivery

All participants are expected to sit this exam from their home. Where home internet connectivity is not reliable, participants can sit from their place of work, where possible. 

Participants (candidates and examiners) will access their online exam materials via the RANZCP website.

Interactions between candidates, role players and examiners will be via Zoom. 

Station reading materials will be delivered online within the exam. Marking will be verified and completed online.

The OSCE will consist of 6 stations comprising 5 minutes reading time and 15 minutes examination time. Each station will be assessed by a single examiner.

There will be two exam sessions (Morning and Afternoon, AEDT) on exam day. Candidates will be notified of their allocated exam time approximately 4 weeks prior to the exam.

Connectivity tests will be part of the pre-exam system checks for all participants.

Support will be available to all participants leading into the exam and on exam day to ensure everyone is familiar with the exam format.

Training trajectory

Both successful and unsuccessful outcomes for this examination will be counted towards a candidate's trajectory.

Special Consideration Requests

Applicants requesting special consideration to sit any of the summative assessments must apply in writing to the Committee for Examinations (CFE), in accordance with the Special Considerations Policy (18.2). 

Please note: The CFE has received many untimely requests for Special Consideration involving pre-existing medical conditions after the application closing date. Late applications do have a disruptive effect on the College’s capacity to delivery exams. Please consider now if you have a known condition that will require an adjustment to the standard delivery of an exam in line with the special consideration policy. 

Applicants who have a pre-existing medical condition are reminded that they should make an application for Special Consideration if they have not already done so. This includes common conditions that require items such as inhalers, insulin pumps and sustenance, visual magnifiers, and eye drops.

Applicants who are pregnant may require special consideration with respect to access to bathroom facilities and the need to eat to prevent nausea.

Proof of identity

On the day of the exam, you may be asked to provide valid identification documents (i.e. driver’s licence or passport) before you can access the online exam materials. Specific details on exam day registration process will be provided prior to the exam.

Incident reports

Incident reports from the examination will be available at the conclusion of the exam, and must be submitted within five (5) working days from the examination date.

►20 November 2021 OSCE incident report form (Not yet open)


Results will be released on the RANZCP website at 5 pm on the specified date in the Examination Timetable. 

A copy of the candidate’s results will be sent to their Director of Training and/or Director of Advanced Training where applicable and will also be made available via MyRANZCP.


The College reserves the right to cancel the OSCE on the advice of the Australian and New Zealand Health Authorities in relation to COVID-19. If the OSCE does not proceed for COVID-19 related reasons a full refund will be provided. 

Future OSCEs

The College will undertake an evaluation of this upcoming OSCE. The feedback and analysis will inform any quality improvements and amendments for the 2022 OSCE program. Further information and updates will be provided regularly. 

Blueprint descriptors and station coverage

The stations are 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 cover eight disorder groups and three 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 (e.g. neuropsychiatric, sex, sleep, somatoform, eating, etc.)
  • clinical assessment skills
  • governance skills
  • other skills (e.g., ethics, consent, capacity, collaboration, advocacy, indigenous, rural, etc.)​

An OSCE will have a mood disorder, psychotic disorder, anxiety disorder, medicine in psychiatry, core skills and other disorder station. The Core Skills station will focus on testing core clinical assessment skills, including formulation and management planning.

Review previous OSCE stations

Previous stations are available to review in preparation for the exam




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