What is OSCE-II?
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) is a qualifying examination conducted by The Pharmacy Examination Board of Canada (PEBC). The candidate appearing for OSCE is tested for his practical understanding, language skills, patient’s problem solving techniques and its academic proficiency in pharmacy. In the nutshell, it is a performance based assessment where his/her practice competencies are evaluated at a comprehensive scale. PEBC grants the certification of a qualified pharmacist to only those candidates who successfully clear both the qualifying exams i.e. MCQ-I & OSCE-II
What to expect at OSCE-II examination?
According to PEBC, it is a performance based examination which is divided into a string of simulation stations. These stations simulate general as well as critical situations, which are in both interactive and non-interactive stations, where the candidate is actually involved in actual interactions with standardized healthcare professional, standardized customer or standardized patient.
PEBC has efficiently designed each and every station to test either one or more than one competencies as discussed in “Professional competencies for Canadian Pharmacists at Entry to Practice”.
OSCE stations will have an experienced and well-certified instructor to observe, record, and appraise each candidate’s performance and how he/she finishes the given task. For instance: - It may include how the candidate collects & interprets information to find out the cause of the drug therapy problem of the patients and how to solve it. Then his communication skills must be effective at the time of exam. He may be asked to find out the exact problem behind the real-life problem and way(s) to solve it. His intellect and behavioral skills shall be observed if he is asked to solve the problem where he has to collaboratively work with other health care professionals.
What is the examination schedule of OSCE-II exam?
OSCE is a 5.5 to 6.5 hour exam, which also includes tutorial on what to expect in the exam and procedures scheduled for the day. There are total 13 OSCE examination stations (interactive & non-interactive) and 7-8 rest stations for the exam wherein exam stations are strategically divided as per the given time durations along with the break. It also includes a feedback questionnaire and waiting time. You will be given 7 minutes in each exam station to complete the task or solve the given problem. Non-interactive stations want you to answer the question in writing. The candidates are required to wear white uniform or white lab coat/ jacket at the time of exam.
How is OSCE scored and when to expect its result?
Candidate’s performance is scored by the assessors sitting in each station and they give rating on the basis of 3 factors i.e. communications, overall performance and the outcome. There is a set criterion for assessing them. The passing score is decided on ascertaining the least rating for each level in each station. The ratings of 12 exam stations( except pretest station) are totaled together to ascertain the standard passing score. It differs with the level of difficulty of each OSCE-II exam every year. The result can be expected within the completion of 6 weeks from the exam and are posted at the official website of PEBC. PharmXellence prepares its candidates efficiently for the exam keeping in mind the set criteria of PEBC.
Can the candidate appear for both MCQ-I and OSCE-II in the same year?
Yes, a candidate can choose to appear for both the exams in the same year during the same time. If the date of both the exams clashes then he may request for rescheduling of any of the two exams on other due dates.
What are the maximum possible attempts at pharmacist qualifying examination allowed by PEBC?
As per PEBC, candidate is allowed a maximum of 3 attempts to clear each part of pharmacist qualifying exam. Any further attempt is allowed at the discretion of the board after evaluating his/her request criteria and circumstances. Pharmacist qualifying exam has to be completed within a period of 3 years from the year of passing one part of the said qualifying exam otherwise you have to retake the cleared & completed part again.
How can PharmXellence help in achieving your goal?
PharmXellence has prepared hundreds of students in qualifying for pharmacist examination and we are extremely happy with their success. We understand that OSCE examination is a performance based assessment exam for which the candidate has to be thorough in each competencies both theoretically as well as practically. It requires dedication from both the sides i.e. coaching center as well as candidate. We guarantee you that our OSCE-II course features are satisfactory enough to make you confident and exam-ready.
We have designed a comprehensive study material that proffers detailed information about the competencies and real cases. We keep revising our course material to incorporate real changes, if any, in the syllabus prescribed by PEBC or any other developments introduced in the field of pharmacy. We have experienced instructors who widen your knowledge review and give you an understanding on how to identify real patient problems through live lectures. Our exclusive library contains a massive database of cases and is accessible for our candidates to explore, review and practice.
Our OSCE-II course excellently prepares you for OSCE simulation stations. We have adopted the exact format of the PEBC held OSCE exams and present it before the candidates during their mock sessions. The idea is to offer you real exposure of interactive as well as non-interactive stations wherein they have to face the mock patient or health care professional and have to solve their presented problem in the same 7 minutes. Our instructors will observe and grade your performance accordingly. For non-interactive sessions, you will be asked to recognize the errors in given labels, MAR or prescriptions. Your performance reviews will be given by licensed pharmacists and are discussed to improve your performance for the next mock session.
With the help of our effectively designed mock sessions, cases and exercises, we believe you will learn what details are expected in real exam. It will augment your confidence and helps you to build time saving techniques. It will help you realize your common errors and enable you to make the excellent use of references and study material. It will open your mind for simulating exercises and challenges.