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Thank you for your interest in examining the MBBS and/or Physician Associate (PA) OSCEs at St George’s, University of London (SGUL). We are now taking bookings for examining sessions.

The OSCEs will be held onsite at SGUL. The exact venue details and timings will be confirmed closer to the time.

We appreciate your participation and hope that you will be able to join us for a few sessions.

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How to become an OSCE examiner

New SGUL examiners are required to attend an OSCE examiner workshop. This interactive session covers both checklist and domain-based OSCE marking, as well as unconscious bias training. During this session you will have the opportunity to practice marking alongside other examiners. You will also develop an understanding of the importance of the role of the examiner in regards to exam reliability and providing feedback to students.

All examiners are required to attend refresher training session every three years.

This will be run as a remote session via MS Teams or as an onsite session. 

To book to attend one of the training sessions follow the link here. This will be updated throughout the year with additional training dates. 

If you are unable to attend any of the training dates please contact Dee Birk and we will do our best to accommodate.

MBBS OSCE Examiner Eligibility Criteria

Clinical Sciences (MBBS5 Year 2 & MBBS4 Year 1)

In order to examine this cohort, you must:

  • be a non-medical staff member involved in MBBS teaching/assessment or
  • be a medical doctor who has successfully completed F1 year trainingor equivalent* and
  • have completed the in-house checklist and domain-based examiner training within the last three years, including unconscious bias training

Transition Year (MBBS5 Year 3 & MBBS4 Year 2)

In order to examine this cohort, you must:

  • be a non-medical staff member involved in MBBS teaching/assessment or
  • be a medical doctor who has successfully completed F1 year training or equivalent* and
  • have completed the in-house checklist and domain-based examiner training within the last three years, including unconscious bias training

Penultimate Year (MBBS5 Year 4 & MBBS4 Year 3)

In order to examine this cohort, you must:

  • be a non-medical staff member with three years examining experience at Clinical Sciences and/or Transition year or
  • be a medical doctor who has successfully completed F1 year training or equivalent* and
  • have completed the in-house checklist and domain-based examiner training within the last three years, including unconscious bias training

Final Year (MBBS5 Year 5 & MBBS4 Year 4)

In order to examine this cohort, you must:

  • be a non-medical staff member with three years examining experience at Penultimate year or
  • be a medical doctor who has successfully completed F2 year training or equivalent* and
  • have completed the in-house checklist and domain-based examiner training within the last three years, including unconscious bias training

All examiners in all years will be required to complete Unconscious Bias training (which is included in the examiner training) within the last three years. This is a GMC requirement.

*Doctors within three years of qualification from Medical School will be required to declare a conflict of interest if they know students at a personal level in the index year. They can either be specifically placed away from them on different circuits or may be excluded from the exam.

Examiners who do not meet these criteria may still be permitted to examine at a certain OSCE if for example they have written a station or have a proven record as an OSCE examiner. This must be approved by the responsible examiner or Head of Assessment for the specific OSCE.

Examiners who are non-medical staff and are not employed by SGUL to teach MBBS students regularly, will have their eligibility and level determined on a case by case basis. These requests will be considered by the Doctor as Practitioner domain lead or Head of Assessment.
PA OSCE Examiner Eligibility Criteria

Year 1 (checklist marking)

In order to examine this cohort, you must:

  • be and physician associate or medical doctor who has completed two years post-graduation and
  • have completed the in-house checklist and domain-based examiner training within the last three years, including unconscious bias training and
  • have examined checklist-based OSCEs within the last three years

Year 2 (domain marking)

In order to examine this cohort, you must:

  • be and physician associate or medical doctor who has completed three years post-graduation and
  • have completed the in-house checklist and domain-based examiner training within the last three years, including unconscious bias training and
  • have examined domain-based OSCEs within the last three years

All examiners for both years will be required to complete Unconscious Bias training (which is included in the examiner training) within the last three years.

PAs within three years of qualification from the PA course at SGUL will be required to declare a conflict of interest if they know students at a personal level in the index year. They can either be specifically placed away from them on different circuits or may be excluded from the exam.

Examiners who do not meet these criteria may still be permitted to examine at a certain OSCE if for example they have written a station or have a proven record as an OSCE examiner. This must be approved by the chief or responsible OSCE examiner.

Examiners who are non-medical staff and are not employed by SGUL to teach PA students regularly, will have their eligibility and level determined on a case by case basis. These requests will be considered by the chief and responsible OSCE Examiner. 
How to sign up to MBBS & PA OSCE sessions

Follow the link here to sign up to OSCE sessions. 

Once you have submitted the form, your OSCE session/sessions will be confirmed, unless you receive an email from us thereafter confirming otherwise.  

The responsible examiners typically assign the stations to examiners two to three weeks ahead of the OSCEs. Importantly, some examiners will be allocated to a ‘reserve’ list. Reserve examiners can leave once the OSCE session has started and we have confirmed they are no longer needed. This is an essential mechanism to deal with late cancellations and no-shows, which could otherwise delay the examination start for hundreds of anxious candidates. We try to assign reserve slots to SGUL employees in the first instance, however this cannot always be guaranteed. If you have a particular desire to be allocated to a station rather than the reserve list, please let us know in advance.

Examiners will receive their OSCE session details two weeks ahead of the OSCEs.  

Payments

Non-SGUL Employees

From December 2021 onwards, examiners who are not employed by SGUL, or a NHS provider which has a tripartite agreement with HEE, are eligible to receive payment of £30 per hour for examining OSCE sessions.

Reserve examiners will be reimbursed for 2 hours if they are not needed for the OSCE session.

To receive payment, send the completed New Starter Forms below along with a colour copy of your passport to Dee Birk. Payment will then be made automatically one month in arrears on the 27th or the Friday before if it falls on a weekend. 

New Starter Forms

Personal Details Form (Word)

Starter Checklist Form (Word)

Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form (Word)

SGUL Employees

If you are an SGUL employee and will be examining outside of your contracted hours, please inform Dee Birk in order for reimbursement to be arranged.

Parking

Please note parking is very limited, therefore we kindly request that you use public transport where possible. If this will be difficult, there are limited spaces in the Hunter Wing Car Park (directions below), on a first come first served basis.

How and when to book your parking space

If you wish to use the car park, please provide the following details to Dee Birk two weeks in advance:

  1. Vehicle registration, make and model
  2. Mobile number

Directions to the Hunter Wing Car Park

  1. Enter the Perimeter Road via Cranmer Terrace
  2. Turn to your left on the one-way system, SGUL main entrance will be on your right-hand side
  3. 60m on your right there is a gated car park
  4. Drive up to the gates, and there is a red intercom box on the driver’s side
  5. Press the intercom button and this will go through to security
  6. Security will ask you to confirm your name and who you are visiting (mention you are examining for an OSCE)
  7. On confirmation, the barrier will be raised and you will be asked to drive into the first available space (excluding blue badge bays)

If you have any queries, please contact Dee Birk.

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