It is amazing to believe that I took the OCS examination nearly 1 year ago. As I look back on myself 1 year ago, I remember the extensive amounts of studying I did in the weeks leading up to the examination. One of the most difficult aspects regarding studying for the OCS is the lack of prep tests, quizzes, or guidance when preparing. In this post I want to review the TOP resources I utilized when studying for the OCS plus a few bonuses I would use now.
1) APTA Current Concepts and APTA Monographs. The Current Concepts is a series sponsored by the APTA which include a joint-by-joint breakdown of the anatomy, arthrokinematics, pathology, treatment, and sample questions at the end of each section. They are written by an expert on the subject matter and highlight many key components of the exam.
2) Clinical Practice Guidelines. The guidelines outline the highest level of evidence per diagnosis. Several questions are written on the information contained within the CPGs!
3) Ortho Secrets Textbook. This book consists of questions and answers regarding commonly misconceived PT questions.
4) OPTIM Weekly OCS Prep Quizzes. Find all the quizzes HERE.
Chris and I have discussed the OCS examination in previous posts. Additionally, Brian has written about his experience with the SCS examination (see below for specific links).
OCS Preparation Links:
1) TSPT OCS Link 1
2) TSPT OCS Link 2
SCS Preparation Link:
1) TSPT SCS Link 1
The last few weeks are tough, but keep pressing until the end. It will be worth it!