OET Speaking Do you have to use medical terms or not
How would you interact with your patient? Do you use simple English or medical English?
Of course, nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals have to make use of simple and common English while communicating with the patients.
Medical Terminology in Healthcare Environment
Health care professionals need to have a good understanding of medical terminology, abbreviations, acronyms, etc. As often they will have to create notes in a limited time. Almost all of the medical professionals convey important medical information using terminology and abbreviations to explain more about the current, or recently diagnosed disease, patient’s condition, treatment plan, etc. Most of the time, notes are filled with the jargon and common people may not have the expertise to decipher or understand (until or unless they use a dictionary or learn more about the same).
Using Medical Jargon in OET Speaking – Allowed or Not Allowed?
If you are taking the OET writing test, you will have the choice to make use of some common abbreviations, acronyms or medical terminology that you want but when it comes to OET speaking it is recommended that you should not.
It is true that OET is a test of English but with more focus on English in healthcare environment. But, it doesn’t mean that you should make use of the medical terminology to impress the interviewer during your OET speaking sub-test.
Unlike other tests, your OET speaking sub-test requires you to be proficient in presenting yourself, speaking to the patient in simple and plain English. Do not assume the interviewer is a medical professional and that he /she can understand the terminology you use. Consider the interviewer to be your patient or the client (as you will have to assume this, because it is a role play and you are expected to explain to the patient or the client, provide answers to the questions asked by the patient or the client).
Even while using abbreviations, you will have to be careful. Do not use abbreviations as this might be the cause of confusion.
For instance, ALL stands for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
“ALL is the major cause of this problem.”
The above sentence looks perfect when you write but when you say the same, it might confuse. Until or unless you use the right tone or pronounce correctly.
Similarly, it is always better to avoid saying to the patient as follows:
It is to be taken A/C (A/C stands for before meals).
Therefore, say clearly as follows: “You can take this tablet before the meals.”
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