Video Sample Stations
The short videos below are provided to assist candidates to become familiar with the OSPE process and to demonstrate some (but not all) types of OSPE tasks or stations. OSPE stations are designed to simulate a variety of tasks and interactions that pharmacy technicians could encounter at entry to practice. After viewing the videos candidates will be more prepared for and comfortable with the OSPE process.
Each task or station is designed to test candidates’ abilities to handle various scenarios as they would in a pharmacy practice setting. There are different kinds of OSPE stations, including:
- Interactions with “standardized patients” (SPs) or “standardized clients” (SCs) who simulate short scenarios that you may encounter at work.
- “Technical tasks” such as preparing a simple compounded product.
- “Quiet tasks” such as checking the accuracy and quality of products or records prepared by someone else.
- “Observation and evaluation” of a video-recorded performance of someone preparing a sterile or non-sterile compound, or other technical task.
Videos of two interactive stations and one sterile compounding station may be viewed by clicking on the links below. The station documents may be read and/or printed from the corresponding links.
The station documents for Video Stations 1 and 2 show how the SP or SC will present the scenario and interact with candidates in a standardized manner, as well as how the candidate will be marked by the assessor who is observing and evaluating the candidate’s communication skills and other competencies demonstrated in the station.
Video Station 1 - Travellers’ Diarrhea
Video Station 2 - Confidential Information Request
Video Station 3 - Sterile Compounding
The Video Station 3 document includes information about a sterile compound being prepared by a pharmacy technician (on the video) and a checklist that the candidate fills in while viewing and critiquing the performance and compounding technique of a technician in preparing the sterile compound. The completed checklist is the candidate’s “answer sheet”, which would be marked and scored if it were part of an examination. To practice evaluating a technician performance and completing the checklist, read the instructions, print the checklist from the station document and fill it in as you watch the video. You can then check the ANSWER KEY to see how well you did.
Video Station 3 - Part 1
Video Station 3 - Part 2
Video Station 3 - Part 3