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.

Assessment opportunities 2021

Please note that submitting an application for this exam does NOT guarantee a position in the exam. Prioritisation of applicants may be required depending on the examiner capacity in each location. If criteria are developed, these will be applied to prioritise applicants closest to achieving Fellowship, who will be given the highest priority. In developing a priority list the College will also consider:

  • registered training time achieved, 
  • summative assessments achieved, and 
  • time remaining on comparability status  

Previous unsuccessful attempts at the OSCE may also be taken into account in prioritising candidates. Any additional circumstances that a candidate considers as critical in considering their level of priority for this exam should be outlined in the application. If an applicant can sit the next scheduled OSCE then the circumstance may not be considered as critical.

The College is committed to supporting progress through training and assessment to meet the needs of the communities for consultant psychiatrists. The purpose of multi-site OSCEs is to provide assessment opportunities and make this exam accessible to as many candidates as possible without being adversely affected by any pandemic related restrictions on movement across borders. 

Applicants will be notified on any prioritisation processes and criteria after the application close date, and a College communique will be going out to all stakeholders. 

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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