Occupational English Test (OET) Doctors Syllabus

Communicating accurately and effectively is critical to the safety, care and wellbeing of patients.

This OET Doctors course teaches the English that enables international doctors to deliver outstanding levels of practice and care, build strong relationships with patients and colleagues, and lead and participate in successful healthcare teams. The course is designed for doctors with an upper-intermediate or advanced (B2 or C1) level of English who work, or are preparing to work, in an English-speaking environment.

Around the Hospital
• On the ward
• Hospital staff, inc. allied health professionals
• Introducing yourself to patients
• The body: anterior, posterior
• Glossary of body terms
Patient Admission
• Clerking a patient
• Non-verbal communication
• Therapeutic listening
• Wounds and burns
• Hospital charts: patient admission form
• Writing a patient file note
Interviewing a Patient
• The language used in healthcare
• Conducting patient interviews
• The Calgary – Cambridge Observation Guide
• Asking different types of questions
• Cardiovascular conditions
• Respiratory symptoms and conditions
• Describing strokes
• The body: the nose, head, face
Taking Observations
• Blood pressure and pulse
• Temperature
• Neurological changes
• Hospital charts: Early Warning Score
• The body: the arm, hands
• The body: skin, nails, hair
Past Medical History
• Patient centred care
• Allergies and adverse drug reactions
• Taking a sexual history
• Substance misuse
• Describing dementia
• Challenging behaviours in the elderly
• The body: the chest
Talking about Pain
• Types of pain
• Pain severity
• Pain location
• Using pain scales
• Chronic back pain
• The body: muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments
Pre-operative Care
• Consent, infection control, MRSA
• Pre-operative investigations
• Assessing level of risk: anaesthesia
• Healthcare acquired infections
• The kidneys, fluid loss, dehydration
• Inserting an IV cannula
• IV fluids
Post-operative Care
• Giving a post-operative handover
• Endocrine disorders: subtotal thyroidectomy
• Wound infections
• Hospital charts: sepsis screening tool
• Suggesting lifestyle changes
• The body: mouth, eyes, the senses
• Writing a discharge letter
Examining a Patient
• Patient confidentiality
• Putting a patient at ease
• The female reproductive system
• Doing an internal examination
• Protecting vulnerable patients
• Writing GP letters
Explaining Tests
• Blood tests, taking a blood sample
• Radiological tests
• Testing for tuberculosis
• Cervical smear tests
• Taking a urine specimen
• Diabetes tests
• Hospital forms: pathology forms
• The body: the ears
Discussing a Diagnosis
• Discussing different diagnoses
• Discussing injuries
• Discussing IBS
• Infectious diseases and conditions
• Answering a bleep
• The body: intestines, abdomen
• The body: feet, ankles
Explaining Treatment
• Managing diabetes
• Managing constipation
• Managing urinary incontinence
• Managing asthma
• Stoma therapy
• Administering medications, PCA
• Hospital charts: controlled drugs, oxygen therapy
• Writing a discharge letter
Discussing Surgery
• Surgical procedures
• Cosmetic surgery
• Hospital chart: VTE
• Arthritis
• The body: hips, thighs, legs
• The body: shoulders
• Using SBAR
Oncology and End-of-Life Care
• Types of cancers
• Oncology and chemotherapy
• Radiotherapy
• The breast and breast cancer
• Cancer of the cervix
• Lung cancer
• Palliative care
• End-of-life care
• Hospital charts: DNAR orders