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Don’t Blow It On The Competency Exam

How to make sure you do not freeze or choke on the clinical PCE

 

I have said it before, and will say it again, be prepared so that your nerves do not get the best of you.  In a highly stressful situation, where your career is dependant on you passing, don’t let yourself freeze while performing in any station on the PCE. Ensure success on every station by following the steps below:

 

 

  • SPEAK CLEARLY
    • Take your time, think about what you want to say, and speak in direct simple terms. It is important that the patient understands you and that you get your point across.

 

  • INTRODUCE YOURSELF
    • What is your name and title? “Hi my name is Sam and I am your Physiotherapist, I will be assessing you …treating you for…”

 

  • EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE OF THE INTERACTION
    • Describe what is you are going to do, and what the patient should expect.

 

  • GAIN INFORMED CONSENT
    • Explain risks, benefits, and why this interaction is needed (ie: what are the risks of not performing a treatment or assessment technique?).

 

  • COMPLETE THE STATION & ANSWER THE ENTIRE QUESTION
    • Ensure the patient understands what it is they need to monitor/perform and how to do it – including an outline of expectations for after the visit is over.

 

  • RETURN THE PATIENT TO A SAFE POSITION & CLOSE THE STATION
    • Reiterate your name, title, and what was completed during the station.