Station Progress:

Candidate Brief



Patient details: Amy Smith aged 36-years

Your role: You are the doctor in the General Medical clinic

You have 10-minutes to assess each patient. You will receive a 6-minute warning and you will stopped at 8-minutes. In the final 2-minutes, you will be asked by an Examiner to explain any abnormalities in the focused clinical history and clinical signs you may have found, along with a diagnosis or differential diagnoses and to provide a management plan (if this was not apparent from your consultation).


Clinical problem: this lady has been referred by her GP with a rash all over her body, that she is concerned about, as it is not resolving with emollients.

Baseline observations:

  • Respiratory rate / minute 15
  • Pulse rate / minute 72
  • Systolic blood pressure (mmHg) 127
  • Diastolic blood pressure (mmHg) 73
  • Oxygen saturations (%) 99
  • Temperature (॰C) 36.3

Your task is to:

  • Make an assessment of the patient’s referring problem via a focused clinical history and associated focused clinical examination. You do not need to finish the history prior to your physical examination
  • Make a diagnosis or differential diagnosis and explain this to the patient as well as your investigative and management plan
  • Address any queries or concerns the patient may have.

Any notes you make prior to entering the examination can be taken with you, but these have to be given to the Examiner prior to leaving the Station.