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Useful Language For OET Writing: Requesting Further Management

Mar 11, 2020

Concluding your letter

Thank you for continuing the care of ... (patient name OR this patient)

OR

I would appreciate your further assessment and management OR treatment...

  • regarding ... (specific condition)
  • of suspected/potential (condition)

I would be grateful for your opinion regarding ... (e.g. future management)

OR

I would appreciate if you could see ... (this patient OR name) as soon as possible for further manage.

I would appreciate if you could keep me informed about his further management.

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OET Writing: Outlining Treatment, Response and Follow up

Mar 03, 2020

Language for mentioning prescribed medications and other treatment, describing surgical procedures, effects of treatments. 

Pay attention to the tenses and how the sentences are structured.

Mentioning prescribed medications and other treatment

Mr. St. Paul was prescribed OR was treated with ... (medication + dosage)
OR
He was given ... (treatment 1 + treatment 2 +...)
OR
I prescribed ... (treatment 1) followed by ...  (treatment 2), in addition to OR combined with... (treatment 3)

I advised him on ... (management of problem OR action to take)


Describe surgical procedure

An arthroplasty was performed

OR

He underwent ... (surgery OR procedure)


Describe effect of treatment

Initially he responded well to ...(treatment)
OR
Unfortunately his (symptoms) flared up again.
After (event or reaction), his medication was changed to ... (medication)


Mentioning recovery

Good outcome

He has been able to...(activity e.g. shower) without assistance

OR

His post operative recovery was...

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OET WRITING: Describing Routine Medications And Risk

Feb 25, 2020

Commonly accepted abbreviation

  • immediately - stat (latin: statim)
  • twice daily – BD, bd, b.i.d
  • three times daily - tds., t.i.d.
  • four times daily – qds, q.i.d. orally – p.o., po
  • at night– nocte
  • sublingual – s.l.; sl
  • subcutaneous – s.c., sc

Describing routine medications

Her current medications include / are ...
OR
She also uses ... (medication) for ... (symptom OR illness)


Mentioning effects or side effects of medication

(Patient name or He / She) has OR has not responded to.. (medication)
OR
(Symptom) was (not) relieved by (oral medication e.g. Zantac)

Her complaint usually settles with... (medication OR activity)

The medication caused significant ... (symptoms)


Mentioning risk factors

He has significant risk factors, such as...

OR

His (cardiovascular) risk factors include ... (e.g. smoking, obesity, family history of...)

OR

She has smoked 15 cigarettes a day for the past (time)

OR

Other risk factors include...
Please note that she is...

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Useful Language for OET Writing | The perfect tenses for giving history

Feb 18, 2020

GIVING PAST HISTORY

(Using simple present tense)

He/ She has a history of _____ (symptoms OR illness) OR has a (time adjective e.g. 5-year) history of _____.

OR

His past medical history includes _____.

OR

He also suffers from_____ of (time) duration

Giving important negatives
(using simple past tense)

  • She reported / has no history of_____ (symptom) (using present perfect tense)
  • There has been no history of being overweight.
  • There is a history of obesity (98kg at 170cm height).
  • He has not suffered from ______ (disorder) or other significant illness.

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OET Writing Criteria: Conciseness and Clarity

Feb 17, 2020

The third assessment category for OET is CONCISENESS AND CLARITY and identifying which information is and isn’t important for your reader.

CONCISENESS AND CLARITY (7 points)
To get a grade B requires you to score 5 out of 7 in this criteria.

The Candidate considers irrelevant information. Health professionals do NOT want irrelevant information that wastes their time or distracts from what is essential.

Self assess your writing by asking these questions:

  • Is there unnecessary information from the notes included and how distracting to the reader is this.
  • Is each bit of information you have identified relevant for your reader to continue care.
  • What information doesn't affect clarity from the case notes
  • Is there any information that I could leave out
  • How well in my letter is the information summarised and clearly presented to the reader.

Summarise the information you include in concise and clear language.

SCENARIO:

Agatha Peters, 73 years old,...

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Describing patient complaints and symptoms in your OET letter

Feb 11, 2020

Introduction


Patient name OR This patient OR He / She first attended my clinic

  • on ...(date)
  • for ... (e.g. a check-up)
  • complaining of OR suffering from ... (symptoms)
  • with symptoms of ...

OR

On his first visit on ..., he was / had been suffering from ... (symptoms OR illness)

OR

On ... (date), Mr. Cho presented to (clinic OR hospital ) complaining of ... (symptom) for the previous ... (time line) which was not responding to ... (treatment)

OR

I did a home visit with Mr. Roy on ...(date) and he was complaining of / suffering from ... (symptoms)

 

Indicating timeline and influencing factors


His complaints had set in 10 days earlier OR 10 days previously and were / seemed to be related to ... (activity OR medication)

OR

On ... (date), Mr. Roy presented to ... (clinic OR hospital) complaining of ... (symptoms) for the previous ... (time line e.g. two days) which was not responding to ... (medication) and which got worse when he ... (activity)

 

Expanding on details...

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Starting your OET Letter

Feb 03, 2020

Professional salutation:

  • Dear Doctor-in-Charge, 
  • Dear Registrar,
  • Dr. Smith,

Introducing patient:

  • Dedicated line for patient name, date of birth (DOB) OR age

EXAMPLE:

Re: Mary Brown, DOB 10 August, 1970 OR 46 years old

OR

Patient identity embedded with case summary and reason for referral opening sentence


Thank you for [urgently] seeing (the above patient OR Ms. Brown), a 66 year-old ... (worker, profession) with ...(diagnosis) OR recovering from / suffering from ... (illness) OR following ...(incident / treatment)
OR
I am (referring / writing to refer) (this patient / name) aged 46 years old...

Giving reason for admission

This lady was admitted...

  • to this hospital / clinic on ... (date)
  • for further assessment of... (diagnosis or system) and possible treatment of... (illness OR symptom)
  • management of ... (issue OR symptom OR illness)

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