The Genitourinary System

  • Mubashar Hussain Sherazi


In the objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE), the number of stations is always limited between 10 and 14, with 1–2 pilot stations. One may or may not get a case from the genitourinary system. This is usually a history-taking station with counseling or discussing a management plan with the patient. You would not be asked to perform a pelvic, rectal, or vaginal examination. Please keep in mind that with the increasing use of manikins/plastic models in practice modules and training facilities, one can expect to take a history from a role player, and then the examiner can ask you to perform a rectal/vaginal examination on a manikin/model. So do not be surprised if you get one. Breast examination has already been introduced in some OSCE, in a similar way.

This chapter outlines common genitourinary system-related topics important for the OSCE. An overview of the history taking required for the genitourinary system stations is given in the start of the chapter. The outlines of male and female examinations of the genitourinary system are also given.


Urine retention Burning micturition Urinary tract infection Urethral discharge Hematuria Impotence/erectile dysfunction Benign prostatic hyperplasia Urinary incontinence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mubashar Hussain Sherazi
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  1. 1.Mallacoota Medical CentreMallacootaAustralia

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