We had an oversubscribed and great OSFA event with over 50 STP trainees attending. The day started with an introduction to the OSFA process by Kimberly Gilmour, Consultant Clinical Scientist at Great Ormond Street Hospital (and OSFA extraordinaire!) Kimberly was then joined by colleague Elizabeth Ralph and provided some entertaining demonstrations of OSFA scenarios. Trainees then took a turn at writing their own generic OSFA stations, a useful exercise to understand what assessors are looking for during the OSFA marking process.
After a light lunch, there was a Q&A session with OSFA assessors and training officers Sarah Peel, Jeffery Davison, Karen Marks and Paul Ganney answering trainee questions covering the OSFA process, common mistakes and tips for preparation. Trainees were then split into groups of three and worked through the stations they had written in the morning session. This was an invaluable opportunity to practice ahead of the upcoming OSFAs in July.
Thanks again to all who attended and especially those who helped out!