Trimester 7 of 10 or, 9 of 12, is full of milestones for students on their chiropractic journey. We have had our business card ceremony, where our family and friends came and celebrated our accomplishments so far at CU-KC, we started working in the student clinic treating our fellow peers and finally, we have now taken entrance OSCEs. While the business card ceremony and working in the student clinic were something I’ve looked forward to for years, OSCEs was not.
OSCEs are practical examinations where we, as interns, are tested on our practical skills and knowledge in history taking, physical exams, orthopedic exams, neurological exams, differential diagnosis, laboratory findings and radiology. After studying for countless hours, we took our entrance OSCE on Tuesday. Completing the OSCE was a major stress relief, eighteen stations of practical exams later, I was still alive. There is so much information you cannot possibly learn everything there is to know about each subject, but you just have to trust yourself that you are more competent than you feel. Our instructors here at Cleveland do an amazing job preparing us for national boards and life in the real world, and this is just another way they are setting us up for success.