General administration instructions

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Written exam

The UCPEX written exam is on Friday 15 November 2019 at Manukau Institute of Technology, Manukau campus, Auckland. Click here for Google map. There is plenty of parking at the rear end entrance (gate D, off Manukau Station Road, highlighted green on map below).


The exam room is room number 127 on the second floor.  We will have signs and staff to point you in the right direction.

Note that this is NOT the same venue as the OSCE.

We strongly recommend you arrive by 1 pm. Sign-in and receive your candidate number.  If you fail to sign in by 1:15pm you may not be allowed entry.

We brief you at around 1.50pm, and the exam starts at 2pm, and we anticipate letting you leave before 4.30pm

Bring a water bottle which you have with you during the exam.  We will ask you to turn all electronic devices (including phones and smart watches) to silent and put them into a bag.  Bags are not allowed at the desks, and we will provide a secure area for them.  For any emergencies on the day, please use 02102447070.

Bring pens (we recommend at least two).  Do NOT use a red pen, which we reserve for markers.

The exam paper will be on your desk, with the instructions on the front cover. You may read the instructions but do NOT turn pages to read the questions.  We allow 10 minutes for reading, and as part of that we ask you to check that the candidate number is on every page of the paper, and to count the number of pages is correct.  After the 10 minutes reading time, we will let you know when you can start writing. You have 2 hours for completion.

You may leave anytime up until the final 15 minutes of the allotted time. After that time you will be asked to remain in your seat so as to not disturb others.  All papers and paper used to write notes will be handed in.  Once the invigilator has checked all papers are collected, you will be invited to leave.

All questions derive from Urgent Care Course material. The answers required are from the course material and what you have learned in utilising and applying the knowledge acquired during the course.  For this year there are 80 short answer questions and 20 multiple choice questions.

Written paper short answer questions

Some questions will call for a certain number of answers. If a candidate gives more than the required number of answers, the UCPEX markers will include the first-given answers and ignore any extra ones.

Common technical mistakes:

  • Leaving questions unanswered.
  • Illegible answers.
  • Not answering the question (For example, when a question calls for management of, or plan for a condition, don’t list clinical history or examination features, or tests you might order to help diagnose the condition. If elements of the history are called for, don’t give examination findings, and vice-versa.)

Please check you’ve answered all questions and that the answers are legible.

If you completely mess up an answer, cross out the answer entirely and put a star against it, along with the letters “PTO”.  Write the question number and your answer on the back of that sheet of paper.

Written paper multiple choice

In the multiple-choice questions, provide your answers on the sheet supplied by circling the appropriate letter:

1 A B C D E

Select one answer per question. There is ‘negative marking’ in this section (ie ticking all choices for an answer will result in marks being deducted).

General administration instructions

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Thank you for examining at RNZUC OSCE 2019

The OSCE exam is on Saturday 16 November 2019 at Manukau SuperClinic, Auckland. Click here for map. There is plenty of parking on site.

If you have not examined at the OSCE previously, we recommend arriving 7.30, otherwise 7.45 is recommended.

On arrival, please ENSURE YOU COLLECT A NAME BADGE from reception (and wear it all day).

Go upstairs to module 7a, where someone can show you to the room you are using. The station numbers are:

1 David Gollogly
2 Richard Chen
4 Jude Walsh
7 Dinesh Deonarain
9 Ainsley Goodman
12 Pauline Teong
13 Ivan Koay
14 James Dryden
15 Garsing Wong
16 Walid Waked
17 Simon Vari
19 Andrew Stacey

 

In your room there will be all equipment and paperwork required.  If you have a patient, the actor for that role should be in the room when you arrive.

Task paperwork and instructions will be laminated.

For each OSCE group, there will be a list of candidates, in order of appearance. The marking sheets will be similary collated, stapled together in candidate order. Please retain all marking sheets until the end of the day.  There is at least one ‘gap’ and already one candidate has pulled out sick (we’ll tell you, but your paperwork still has their name etc, so please draw line across and put no show).

When marking, ensure you check the candidate name and number is the same as the one on the marking sheet. Hold on to all paperwork until after the debrief (AM will collect).

First OSCE starts 0830, second at 1230.

Lunch is from 1130 in the reception area of module 7a. Staff can direct you.

At the end of the second OSCE, please gather in the reception area of module 7a for a debrief (around one hour). There will be post-OSCE drinks at Republic bar and kitchen.

 

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Thank you for helping us with the UCPEX written exam.

Please arrive at Manukau Institute of Technology by 12 noon Friday 15 November.  Let the car park attendant know that you are here with RNZCUC and you should be let in.  We are likely to be free to leave before 6pm (most likely 5.30pm).

We are using room 127 (first floor).

Our first task is to separate desks and move them around to suit the layout we require. This needs us to crawl on the floor.  Once done, we’ll put out papers etc on each desk.

Candidates are likely to arrive from 1pm.  Please make them stay outside the examination room.

One candidate is starting at 1.25pm as they have dyslexia and require more reading time.

We’ll brief the candidates outside, let them in row by row and get them to find their seat. These groups will be decided on the day once we know where the papers have been placed (what desk, what row).

Bags will be placed at the front of the room.

Once started, we may need to escort candidates to the toilet – we don’t need to go inside, but make sure they don’t talk to people on the way out/back.

After the exam and we let candidates go, we need to separate the papers for the markers (Alex to lead), replace the desks as they were when we arrived, carry any admin equipment back to cars.

General administration instructions

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Thank you for helping us at RNZUC OSCE 2019

The OSCE exam is on Saturday 16 November 2019 at Manukau SuperClinic, Auckland. Click here for map. There is plenty of parking on site.

Arrive by 7am.  On arrival, please ENSURE YOU COLLECT A NAME BADGE from reception (and wear it all day).

First tasks:

  • AM to put door signs out.
  • Reception set up
  • Boxes upstairs and place in room (boxes will have station number)
  • AC/NH to sort skins for suturing.

Setting up upstairs

  • Rooms set up, corridor lines (green tape dotted lines, water points)
  • AC takes lead in coordinating
  • AW take lead in setting up rooms (major equipment)
  • DS set up radiology
  • HD set up timing
  • Patients to their station by 0730:
1 Shane Parker
2 Raey Murray
4 Ines Le Gue
9 Saxon Meighan
12 Cameron Churchill
13 Marcia Marshall
17 Moana Borland
19 Trevor Marshall

 

Reception (2 people) 

  • Make sure everyone has badges
  • All registrars sign in and go to cafeteria
    • registrars will arrive from 7.30am (group 1), and around 11.15 (group 2)
    • If anyone (group 1) arrives after 7.45 they remain at reception until AM/JM say they can continue
    • If anyone (group 2) arrives after 11.45 they remain at reception until AM/JM say they can continue
  • Caterers bringing lunch at 10.30 ish – let AC know by radio, and point them upstairs to reception of module 7 (grab a box each before it’s too late).
  • Stay at reception until 12.30 (start of OSCE 2) / and cleared to move away by AM/AC
    • Then go help clear up cafeteria, then upstairs

OSCE pre-start (8.10am ish, 12.10pm ish)

  • Registrars move upstairs. Need trolley outside for bags.
  • Hand out handbooks, trolley inside
  • Move registrars out to corridor
  • AC/AM final check, start OSCE signal
  • 1 or 2 people will move around as candidates (gaps in candidate stream) to let examiner know that there is no candidate for this slot.

End OSCE1

  • All candidates to reception room.
  • Patients, examiners grab lunch in module7a reception.
  • AW, AM, collect handbooks at door. Remind candidates to stay silent.
  • Bag trolley back outside of reception
  • 3 to stand outside – top corridor, stairs, bottom of stairs: move all candidates out of building when they are released
  • Once they’ve gone, grab lunch from module7a reception. Eat quick.

Everyone back to their station by 12.15

Repeat for OSCE 2

End of OSCE 2

  • All candidates to reception room.
  • AW, AM, collect handbooks at door. Remind candidates to stay silent.
  • Bag trolley back outside of reception
  • WAIT to remove tape and tidy rooms until told ok to remove by AM (don’t touch door signs)
  • Ongoing tidy up, stuff to boxes, boxes to cars etc.
  • AM or AC to remove door signs at very end (our way of knowing that we’ve done a final check)
General administration instructions

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OSCE

The OSCE exam is on Saturday 16 November 2019 at Manukau SuperClinic, Auckland. Click here for map. There is plenty of parking on site.

Note that this is NOT the same venue as the written exam. Those who have attended the SDAW will know the venue.

Bring a water bottle, which you may carry with you during the OSCE.

You should dress as you would for a clinic. You do not need to bring a stethoscope.

Ensure that you know how to use inTeleViewer. If you cannot arrange this, please email alex@rnzcuc.org.nz.

General timings

Group one people should aim to arrive by 7.30am. If you fail to sign in by 7:45am you may not be allowed entry.

Group two people should aim to arrive by 11.30am. If you fail to sign in by 11:45am you may not be allowed entry.

Instructions

Sign in, collect your name tag and fix it to your shirt/blouse (the module where the OSCE takes place is warm so you are likely not to need a jacket).

You will be directed to the cafeteria where we will provide basic refreshments.

The briefing will take place at 8am for group one and 12 noon for group two.

You will be invited upstairs to the module, where you must hand in your bags and all electronic devices. For any emergencies on the day, please use 021 02447070.

Handbook and initial preparation

We will give you your handbook, and ask you to check that the candidate number is on every page of the paper, and that the number of pages is correct.

The handbook will include:

  • Cover sheet contains instructions.
  • Your rotation of stations. Please only follow this pattern.
  • Pages containing spaces for your answers to the stations that do not have an examiner present.

We will provide 10 minutes’ reading time, then take you to your first station. You will move out in groups. Please follow instructions carefully.

Wait outside your first station until the buzzer sounds and you are instructed by staff to enter the room.

OSCE stations

The OSCE examination is intended to test candidates’ practical urgent care abilities and clinical skills.  It comprises 18 stations and 2 rest stations, each lasting 7 minutes. You may be asked to examine a patient, demonstrate a technique, or to interpret an investigation, such as a test result, X-ray or ECG. There may be patients or patient actors present.

There are 20 stations, including 2 rest stations (during which you may use toilets). Move clockwise between stations.  There will be yellow tape on the floor to guide you, and each station has a door sign with some indication of what to expect.

For each station:

  • A buzzer will sound when you can enter the room.
  • You have 7 minutes in each station.
  • A buzzer will sound to indicate that you must finish that station and move on.
  • Your next station is the next on the list on page 2 in your handbook. There are arrows and staff to guide you to the next station.
  • STAND OUTSIDE your next station. You may read the sign on the door.
  • After 2 minutes a buzzer will indicate when to enter the room.

When a patient is present introduce yourself as if you would in a normal consultation.

At stations with an examiner, follow any instructions given by the examiner, and explain to examiners what you are doing and why. OSCE examiners are not trying to trap candidates. Any examiner comments will be helpful (eg encouraging a candidate to move on if spending too much time on one point). Please keep to the time allowed, and finish when the bell goes.

After OSCE

Once you have completed all 20 stations, return to the reception room where you started. Staff will guide you.

Hand in your handbook to the staff at the door.  Take a seat and please do not talk with other candidates at this point.

The invigilator will check that all handbooks have been collected, and that all examiners are happy.

During this time, do NOT talk to other candidates.

Once the invigilator is happy, you will be invited to leave.  Collect your bags and head straight outside (along the top corridor, down the stairs, and leave by the main exit).  Anyone in group one wishing to use the toilet facilities at this point MUST use the ones downstairs (as we would otherwise have to wait for you to move group two to the reception).

Results

The Board of Censors aims to have results to you before 5pm Friday 6 December.  We will email you and send a follow-up letter.