Location: Foundation doctor in vascular clinic
Patient: 60 year old, having pains in legs
– Perform a lower limb arterial examination
– After 6 minutes you will be asked a series of questions by the examiner.
Note to actor:Try to restrain yourself from volunteering too much information – you may do so when prompted (that is, by a specific question, not a general one). If a student is on the wrong line of clinical reasoning do not fuel this line of thinking, state no to the question as being ambiguous may prompt further questioning and does not allow the student to be appropriately tested. The aim of the exercise is to take a focused history; short answers are required.
You are a 60 year old patient who has come into vascular clinic. You are happy to be examined.
If the candidate appears to have finished early remind them how long is left at the station and enquire if there is anything else they would like to ask, or whether they have finished. If they have finished, please remain silent and allow the candidate that time for reflection.