Station 2 and 4 and sample scenarios
Most of these sample scenarios have previously been used in the examination. They are no longer suitable for use in the real exam because they are out of date, too technical, or have been used for a long time previously. The sample scenarios will give you an idea of what happens during the exam at Stations 2 and 4, but please note in the actual examination, you will only receive the section marked ‘Information for the candidate’.
Sample scenarios for Station 2 (history taking) (16 Scenarios)
Station 4 (communication skills and ethics) (24 Scenarios)
Station 4 examiner guidance examples
This document has examples of the types of statements found in the examiner guidance section of Station 4 scenarios. These indicate what examiners would like you to demonstrate in different types of scenarios.
Candidates are not expected to have a detailed knowledge of medical jurisprudence. For international candidates in the UK, detailed knowledge of UK law is not required, although candidates should be aware of the general legal and ethical principles (as set out below) that may affect the case in question.
- Acting in the patient’s best interests and benefit. This includes fairly balancing the benefits of treatment against risks and cost.
- Respect for the patient’s autonomy. This includes the assumption that the patient has capacity to make decisions about her/his healthcare.
- Consideration and demonstration of the duty of candour including a doctor’s requirement to act with probity, honesty, and truthfulness, particularly if a mistake has occurred.
- Demonstrating, where applicable, that a doctor must not intentionally create a harm or injury to the patient. This encompasses weighing the benefit of treatment to the patient versus the risk of unintentional harm.
- A knowledge of the legal aspects of medical practice (although a detailed knowledge of the law is not required).
Station 5 sample scenarios
Station 5 scenarios are created by the host centre for real patients. This ensures that the scenarios are a reflection of the everyday practice of candidates. The sample scenarios will give you an idea of what happens during the exam at Station 5. In the actual examination you will only receive the section marked ‘Information for the candidate’.
For more details on how to pass you can look at some advice from examiners.