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Moving on after failure 

Moving on after failure
Moving on after failure

Duncan Harding

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date: 23 October 2021

The pass rate of most professional OSCEs is less than 50%, and dealing with this failure whilst continuing to function as a successful health practitioner leads to conflict. The candidate who has failed tends to resolve this conflict by assuming that the OSCE is flawed in some way, and that it is not a good examination. This is unhelpful, since success in the OSCE depends partly on the ability of the candidate to value the exam and treat it very seriously. If you believe the OSCE is flawed, you will potentially be at a disadvantage to first-time candidates who are more able to take it seriously. This chapter considers this, and other important psychological aspects of failure. It suggests a psychological exercise that may be useful in helping the candidate to move on after failure.

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