OET Insights Writing: Medicine
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OET Insights Writing: Medicine

Tips and Techniques for the OET Writing Test for Medicine
4.3 (76 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
242 students enrolled
Created by Sona Lisa Bose
Last updated 12/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 32 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • OET Writing Tips
  • How to approach a writing task
  • How to pick relevant information from case notes
  • How to write a letter of referral
  • How to write a letter of transfer
  • How to write a letter of discharge
  • How to make your writing efficient
  • English grammar and vocabulary connected to letter writing
  • How to format a letter correctly
  • How to transform notes from the case notes into full sentences in your letter
  • How to modify your register, tone, and lexis according to your reader
  • Test Criteria
  • Have a B2+ Level of English
  • Be a doctor
  • Be interested in improving your OET writing skills for the Medicine test

This course will give you an insight into the OET Medicine Writing sub-test

  • Learn what the examiners are looking for, and be better placed to satisfy test criteria and implement your knowledge in your letter writing. 

  • Be guided on how to de-code case notes and pick out and organise key pieces of information

  • Learn how to transform these notes into full sentences

  • Learn how to make your writing more efficient and effective in order to keep the reader in mind at all times. 

We look at referral letters, letters of transfer, and discharge letters, and by using models and corrected students' work, this course will help you gain confidence and show you ways you can boost your OET score.

Who this course is for:
  • Doctors wishing to study for their OET
  • Doctors wishing to improve their writing of letters in English
  • Occupational English Test (OET) Medicine Students
  • OET Test Takers: Medicine
  • Doctors wishing to train for the OET writing test
Course content
Expand all 24 lectures 03:27:54
+ Introduction
5 lectures 39:47

Welcome to the course.

Preview 00:58

In this video, you'll learn about what the Occupational English Test is and how it's scored.  If you know it already, then feel free to skip this video.

Preview 08:31

This video will teach you more about the format of the actually writing test itself.  Again, if this is something that you already know, then just skip on to the next video.

Preview 07:41

The best way to understand the test is by really understanding the test criteria.  If you know what the examiners are looking for, it's much easier to give it to them.  This video will guide you through the OET criteria and introduce some ideas and suggestions on how you can satisfy it in your letters.

OET Medicine Writing Test Criteria

This lecture will show you how to format a standard medical letter.  Not sure where to put your address,  how to start or how to end?  This lecture will guide you through the basics.

Preview 09:18

Test how much of the criteria you can remember.

Criteria Quiz
10 questions
+ Writing a Referral Letter
6 lectures 01:15:03

This lecture takes you through the processing of  understanding, de-coding, and selecting, case notes.  It shows you how to approach the task - how to keep the reader in mind, and how to select pertinent information.  We show you 3 different selection formats which you can adapt to your own needs, and work through an example with you.

Approach: How to de-code the case notes before you start writing the referral

Let's look at a model answer to the Michael Reed task and look at why it works so well.

Model Answer

One of the requirements of the task is that you can transform notes into full sentences, using neat, efficient, and professional language.  Let's look at how this is done.  Once you've watched the lecture, have a go at the mini test exercises which you can download and then check your answers in the KEY which also contains pointers on grammar and collocation.  If you are not sure what these grammar or language points refer to, check in a grammar book or look at our language bank at the end of the course.

Transforming Case Notes & Being Efficient

Let's look at a second referral letter.  This time, we'll do a bit of a role-reversal.  See if this technique helps you identify what to put in your letter.

Referral II: Role-Reversal

De-code the case notes and see how they are transformed into the model answer.  In this lecture, we look at what works well and why.

Referral II: De-Coding the Case Notes & Model - why does it work so well?

Put yourself in the examiner's shoes and try to mark these examples of student work.  What works well and what doesn't?  What language and grammar points need to be changed and what should be kept?  Look through their answers first, then, check your ideas with the teacher in the lecture video.

Students' Work
+ Writing a Discharge Letter
5 lectures 44:09

Let's turn now to discharge letters.  First, take a look at the case notes and spend 5 minutes reading and then 5 minutes selecting and organising.  Then, check your answers with the teacher in the video lecture.

Approach: How to de-code the case notes before you start writing the discharge

Let's focus in on the grammar and look at how basic case notes and ideas are transformed into whole sentences.  How much of the model answer can you remember?  First, download the task and have a go at transforming the basic notes given into correct sentences by yourself.  Then, watch the lecture and work through the examples with the teacher to highlight some of the important grammar points which will make your writing more efficient.

Grammaring Activity: Transforming Case Notes

One of the most important ideas you have to master to score well in your OET is to keep your reader front and centre at all times.  Think about them; what do they need to read about?  How can you facilitate their understanding?  How do you need to adapt your style so that it's suitable to their needs?  This lecture uses the same case notes as in the previous lecture, but looks at how your letter would change if the reader were to change.  This time, the task is to write to Eleanor's mother, Mrs Philippa Holmes.  Start by analysing the case notes again, but think about what information you would need to supply this time.

Keeping the Reader in Mind

Let's work through a student's letter.  Download and read it first and decide what works well and what needs to be improved.  Have they got the tone right?  Is all the information correct and present?  Is anything missing?  Then, watch the lecture and follow the teacher's analysis and feedback of the letter.

Student's Work: Discharge Letter

Let's have a look at a model answer.  Is there anything here that is surprising? What are the tone and register like?

Model Answer: Discharge Letter
+ Writing a Transfer Letter
7 lectures 44:34

While transfer letters are perhaps not so common as letters of discharge or referral,  you may still be asked to write one for your OET.  But what are they?  Many students are confused as to their purpose.  This short lecture tells you more about their function and use.

What is a Transfer Letter?

Now, let's re-imagine the Eleanor Holmes case.  This time, the incident happened on holiday in Spain, and whilst she is not ready for release back into community care, she is now ready to be transferred back to a UK hospital near her home and mother.  Let's look at how this changes the way we write the letter.

Approach: How to de-code the case notes before you start writing the transfer

Download and read this letter written by one of our OET students.  What could be improved?  What works well?  Then watch the teacher's analysis of it.

Student's Work: Transfer Letter

Watch the lecture to find out what makes this letter of transfer effective.

Model Answer: Transfer Letter Eleanor Holmes

This is another example of a task asking you to write a transfer letter.  Download it, spend 5 minutes planning and another 5 organising.  Then, watch the lecture to see if your ideas match those of the teacher's.

Transfer II: De-coding the case notes

This is a letter written by an OET candidate.  Download and analysis it.  How effective is it?  What needs to be improved?  What is good about it?  Now, check your ideas with the teacher in the lecture.

Transfer II: Student's Letter

Take a look at the model answer.  Is there anything you were not expecting?  How is it different from your own ideas?  Watch the lecture for some pointers about keeping the reader in mind.

Erratum: Please note, the first model answer used in the video states that Mr Cherry's (L) knee is being operated on.  This should, in fact, read the (R) knee and has been corrected to reflect this in the second model. 

Transfer II: Model answer
+ Language Practice Library
1 lecture 04:21

How much can you remember?  Read these sentences and check if they are OK to write in your OET letter.

Final Quiz: Are these sentences OK?
10 questions

Use our downloadable worksheets to refresh your grammar and vocabulary skills on some key areas.

Language Practice Library