Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Medical students

Course structure


Clinical skills learning in the Clinical Skills Centre (CSC) is an integrated part of the PCS1 module and also makes explicit links with other MBChB2 modules.

For communication skills, you will learn these initially in your Small Group Activities (SGAs) and have a chance to practice with simulated patient actors in the CSC sessions.


A number of components of teaching come together under PCS2, delivered in different settings but covering the same core skills and learning:

  • Sessions in the CSC (mainly semester 1)
  • Sessions in the Simulation Centre for Patient Safety, Tamaki campus (semester 1 and 2)
  • Lectures and Small Group Activities (mainly semester 2)
  • Half-day attachments in a hospital setting during semester 2



  • There is a practical assessment of core clinical examination skills. This involves peer assessment of some core skills.
  • The clinical material covered alongside the skills in MBChB2 is designed to complement and reinforce learning in the core PCS1 module and other MBChB2 modules.
  • Communication skills are formally assessed using a simulated patient interaction in semester 2.
  • The written examination questions for PCS1 may include clinical skills elements.


  • The main practical assessment takes the form of an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination).
  • For each student this is a 30 minute practical observed exam, divided into three 10-minute stations, each with a different examiner.
  • You will be assessed on clinical examination and communication skills learnt across both years.
  • Communication skills and your ability to take a patient history are also formally assessed on the ward during semester 2.
  • The written examination includes at least one question that requires you to draw exclusively on your clinical skills and clinical reasoning. Other questions for PCS2 will include clinical skills elements.