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:: OSCE Blunders :: May 22, 2007

Posted by Minci 先生 in Medical School.

   “God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.” – Robin Williams


First of all, this person is not me. It was during a final year OSCE exam – a cranial nerve (CN) exam station.

An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is a modern[1] type of examination often used in medicine to test skills such as communication, clinical examination, medical procedures, prescribing and interpretation of results.

It has also been used to assess clinical skills performance in non medical prescribers as well as nursing (Ross, M., Carroll, G., Knight, J., Chamberlain, M., Fothergill-Bourbonnais, F., and Linton, J. (1988). Using the O.S.C.E. to measure clinical skills performance in nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 13, 45-56).

It normally consists of several short (5-10 minute) stations and each is examined on a one-to-one basis with either real or simulated patients (actors). It is considered to be an improvement over traditional examination methods because the stations can be standardised enabling fairer peer comparison and complex procedures can be assessed without endangering patients health. 

More at Wikipedia

The student wanted to examine CN VIII which supplies part of the ear for hearing. Thus, she whispers into the patient’s ear the word ‘eleven’ and asked him to repeat it back to her. This patient was a medical student himself. He had a puzzled expression on his face and asked her, ‘Are you sure you want me to say it?’

She said, ‘Uh.. yea’ At the same time, probably wondering if she did anything wrong.

Again, the patient asked, ‘You sure?’

‘Yes, I’m sure’ she said, still not knowing what was his problem. Mind you, the examiner was also there in the room.

‘OK..umm..’ took a deep breathe, ‘You said.. I Love YOu’ and smiled. Hoho.. perasan.. tak sedar diri tuh pekak.

‘huh?I didn’t say that’  I wasn’t sure if she did say this out loud.

Obviously, the exam went on with everyone feeling a bit gigglish.


P/S : If you just mouth out a silent ‘elephant juice’ or ‘olive oil’ in front of the mirror, it’ll look like an ‘I Love You’.



1. Syafrizal - May 22, 2007

“God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.” – Robin Williams

I love Robin Williams. He’s so funny and I watched all of his videos on YouTube. 😉

2. LaDy FaNtAgHiRo~ - May 22, 2007

ok~ words from robin is just sooo true… harharhar~

3. kasyah - May 22, 2007

“God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.”

Nafsu dan akal sentiasa berlawan di dalam diri. Siapa sahaja yang menang, bakal memonopoli tindakan diri seterusnya.

4. Puteri Nad :-) - May 22, 2007

eleven la nak cakap kat orang2 nak nak exam..

5. little healer - May 22, 2007

I love him too especially when he does all his funny accents.. his jokes are hilarious!

kak syifa,
sgt ha ha kan?

saya setuju.. once an action has been taken, there is no turning back.

haha.. pilihlah perkataan lain ok.. 😛

6. Amoun - May 22, 2007



Now I know WHY THESE MEDICAL SCHOOLS have templates of NUMBERS you should say in certain2 exam & dont just blindly use your own..

‘Elephant Juice’ MINCI!! LOL!!!

7. Syafrizal - May 23, 2007

Robin Williams is funnier even in a talk show. Anyone who interview him will laugh until they cry.

8. nautilusiv - May 24, 2007


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