Clinical Mock Exams for APC Clinical Exam Preparation - (In-person/Face to Face)

Besides other essential services, AAPTA also pioneered Mock exams. Undertaking or attending AAPTA mock exams is one of the best methods of preparation for APC clinical exams.

 

  • AAPTA follows APC clinical exam process in facilitating a mock exam and uses APC clinical exam performance domains to provide feedback.
  • A mock exam is a great opportunity for a member to test their clinical skills under time pressure.
  • All AAPTA mock exams are facilitated by a mentor with significant clinical experience in the relevant clinical area in Australian public and/or private hospital/community/private practice experience, in addition to experience with teaching/supervision of University physiotherapy students.
  • The mentor provides a clinical case scenario (along with relevant investigations and results) that is deemed appropriate and suitable for an overseas physiotherapist appearing for APC clinical exams.  
  • The participating candidate is expected to provide a hypothesis, perform a subjective and objective assessment using validated and reliable outcome measures, develop a problem list, define a goal with the patient, deliver an effective physiotherapy management addressing the patient goals/underlying problem, promote health promotion strategies, establish discharge planning and initiate appropriate referrals to the other health professionals. The candidate is also expected to demonstrate effective and professional communication with the patient that is culturally sensitive and is expected in an Australian healthcare context. 
  • This is expected to be completed within an allocated time period of 50 minutes as it happens in a clinical exam. The mock exam is then followed by an oral questioning time (viva).
  • A candidate is provided with detailed and constructive feedback from an experienced mentor in the relevant clinical area. 
  • Feedback received helps the member in acknowledging the areas of strength while also emphasises the areas for improvement along with clear strategies to improve overall performance.
  • The feedback provided will be equally useful for other mock exam participants including the actor. Please refer to the mock exam objectives listed below for more information. 
  • Mock exams are open to all candidates preparing for APC exams who can join the sessions to observe and learn from this mock experience. AAPTA offers mock exams in all three clinical areas. For further information simply contact us at [email protected] or visit www.aapta.org.au/events

 

Mock Exam Objectives

 

The Mock Exams are designed to give the participants (you or your), an experience of being in a clinical exam situation with a patient (actor) and demonstrate your skills within the allocated time taking into account the patient (actor) needs and patient’s (actor’s) presentation at that time. The learning outcomes addressed/achieved through AAPTA mock exams can be applied for similar case scenarios in future (e.g. in APC exams or in your own workplace).  

 

OBJECTIVES FOR THE THERAPIST

(person performing the mock exam)

OBJECTIVES FOR THE ACTOR

(person acting as a patient for the mock exam)

OBJECTIVES FOR THE OBSERVER/S

(participants of the mock exam who observe the session)

Exposure to type/s of cases/scenarios deemed suitable for clinical exams

Exposure to type/s of cases/scenarios deemed suitable for clinical exams

Exposure to type/s of cases/scenarios deemed suitable for clinical exams

 

 

 

Know what and how to present the case for hypothesis, based on file reading

Establish a picture of the patient based on, case scenario provided,  based on a mentor’s version of the patient and based on a hypothesis from the therapist

Learn to develop an appropriate hypothesis

 

 

 

Confidently identify key problems and goals of the patient through a relevant subjective exam and be able to set up SMART goals

Articulate specific goals relevant to the case scenario provided.

Learn to develop SMART goals from patient goals.

 

 

 

Be able to develop and execute a plan for an effective and prioritised Assessment, identify key problems and develop and deliver an effective, patient-centred and evidence-based physiotherapy treatment

Reflect on Therapists handling during the Assessment and Treatment and identify what is helpful and what is not from a patient perspective.

Establish an alternate plan for an Assessment, problem identification and Treatment planning/delivering

 

 

 

Establish treatment effectiveness through the selection and use of an appropriate outcome measure/s.

Establish alternative outcome measure/s if any to identify treatment effectiveness

List other outcome measures that can be applied to this patient’s presentation.

 

 

 

Confidently articulate health promotion strategies, appropriate discharge planning and referrals to the other health professionals.

Develop an understanding of health promotion, appropriate discharge planning and role of other health professionals and services

Develop an understanding of health promotion, appropriate discharge planning and role of other health professionals and services

 

 

 

Be able to communicate effectively with patients in a manner that is culturally sensitive

Develop an understanding of culturally sensitive communication and practice

Develop an understanding of culturally sensitive communication and practice

 

 

 

Develop an understanding of an evidence-based practice

Develop an understanding of an evidence-based practice

Develop an understanding of an evidence-based practice

 

 

 

Develop an understanding of an Australian health care context and practice

Develop an understanding of an Australian health care context and practice

Develop an understanding of an Australian health care context and practice