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In it’s first year (2011), it ran for 2nd year medical students a few weeks prior to their final year OSCE. Because it was only it’s first year running, it served as a pilot for a small number of students. However, of these students, every single one said the MOSCE had been invaluable in preparation for their final year OSCE and would definitely attend in future if a MOSCE was arranged for other year groups. In future, it is hoped that the Mock-OSCE can be extended to include all year groups to allow practice in the stressful situation that is an OSCE. I have to admit, I was there when the mock OSCE ran, just to check everything ran smoothly and just before it started, I found myself really nervous. It felt so much like the real thing!
The format of the MOSCE at the moment is that the candidates are assessed by students in the years above them, and following the completion of the OSCE, there is a feedback session at the end to allow the older students to give hints and tips they know on how to improve their OSCE grades. This also provides a platform for allowing students to improve their feedback delivery and teaching skills.