Trainees will gain an insight into the format of stations and the tasks they may be presented with at their OSFA by having a go at writing stations themselves. For this workshop we can send you resources used by OSFA station writers and recommended for this workshop if you request them:
- Developing station ideas template
- OSFA Station Writing template
- Guidance for Writing your Station Mark scheme
- Guide to setting the OSFA station pass mark
If possible the guidance on writing stations should be done by a trained and experienced OSFA station writer. The guidance should include:
- Structure the writing process systematically and work backwards – begin with a broad idea about what a clinical scientist in your field needs to be good at and fine tune this into a detailed station idea
- Don’t try to be overly creative – tasks should be familiar and part of routine practice
- Think about the steps involved in the station task – can these be realistically attempted in 12 minutes?
- Ensure your station tests application of knowledge and skill, rather than recall of knowledge as the OSFA is a practical exam.
It is useful for trainees to work in pairs to develop their stations, as some individuals could be better at thinking of ideas and others at working up the stations. Stations should be peer reviewed across pairs and bear in mind that participants should not peer review stations that they are likely to attempt in a training mock OSFA.