John A. Burns School of Medicine | University of Hawaii
Examination Day Checklist
Check your scenario the night before so that you are able to dress and look appropriate according to your script.
Remember to bring your props in if you are asked to (e.g., water bottle, slippers, house coat, etc.).
Please bring your training manual with you so that you may refresh your memory just prior to the start of the exam.
It is best not to eat the following items or other related items before the exam – Foods which may color your lips, tongue or teeth e.g., shave ice, anything chocolate, etc. Foods which have and/or give off a strong smell, e.g., onions, garlic, kim chee, dried squid, etc.
If you are a smoker but your scenario presents you as a non-smoker, it would be more believable if you did not smoke before coming to the exam or during the exam.
If your scenario states that you have been up all night in pain and are now in the emergency room, it would be more believable not to shave before coming in.
Arrive at the examination site half an hour (30 minutes) prior to the scheduled start of the exam unless told otherwise.
Check in with the trainer. She will direct you to your station and ensure that all necessary supplies, props and forms are available.
Please budget your time carefully so that you allow yourself about ten minutes before the first student arrives to get yourself “into the role”.
Please make sure you turn off (not vibrate) your cell phone or pager.
All encounters are videotaped. Please remember to say the student number into the microphone after the student leaves the room. The student number is the last two digits of their “card”. If the student forgets to give you their card, please ask for it before they leave the room.
Please say your opening line VERBATIM, as each student should start at the same place with the exact same information. Get your opening line in immediately, even if they start with “How are you doing today?” And remember, if you’re playing a patient who is not feeling well today, don’t say “fine”.
Please answer checklist items by parroting the students’ question, i.e. “Do you have any fever?” “No, I don’t have any fever.” Listen carefully to what the student is asking. It will help you remember if you have answered the question, and also help us to know what you meant when we review the tapes. It is not necessary to parrot every question, just checklist items.
If multiple questions are asked, just answer one. i.e. “Do you have fever, chills, diarrhea?” “No, I don’t have diarrhea.” If any of the checklist items are asked, answer one.
Refer to the “guide to the checklist” in your manual if you have a question regarding how a question was asked. It may be asked that way again.
It is important that you don’t “chat” with the student. They are under a time limit and feel stressed about their time. Answer their question and wait for him or her to ask something else. Please stay in character.
Don’t ask any questions unless you have one built into your script. The students believe that anything you say is important, and any extra talk can take them in a wrong direction. Don’t ask for clarification of jargon. If you don’t understand what the student asked because of an accent, you may say “I’m sorry, could you repeat that please.”
Please stay in your room until we call you out. Sometimes there is a “built-in” break when there are less than 10 students.
There are normally one to two breaks in each exam. These breaks vary from five to fifteen minutes. Please carefully monitor your time to ensure that you are back in your station and into your role before your next scheduled student arrives.
When “traveling” to and from your station to the break area, please avoid student areas. It is best that the students do not see you at any time outside of your station.
Please fill out the evaluation form before you leave. You will find it in your checklist folder.
Following the completion of the exam, please remember to gather all of your personal belongings before leaving your station.
Please leave your room as you found it (i.e. tidy!!). Leave all the test materials and your manuals in the room. We will collect them.
Should you encounter any problems during the exam, please notify the hall monitor or trainer for assistance.
DO NOT leave the area until you have checked-out with the trainer.