OET Speaking Is It Good To Use Medical Jargon

As a medical professional it is always important to explain to patients in simple and understandable language. 

Most of the patients get confused when they hear medical terms. 

Sometimes doctors, nurses and other medical professionals use terms that the patients or the clients never have heard of. It is always good to describe the terms even if you have used them while conversing with the patients or the clients. 

OET speaking is a test that is based on real medical contexts. And what you deal with in a test is something that you come across as a professional in your field too. 

During your OET speaking sub-test, you will be in conversation with the interviewer who will be acting as your patient or the client. There will be different role plays and you are expected to play your role (as a doctor, nurse etc).

What is important is making use of simple English. It is not required to make use of the medical jargon. 

But, sometimes, it becomes necessary that you should use a few terms. And if you are using any medical term then remember, you will have to add some explanation as well. 

For instance, Peripheral Oedema is a common medical term and it is translated in simple language as Ankle Swelling. 

So, if you have used the word Peripheral Oedema then try to explain more about it as well using simple English. 

Listed down are a few of the scientific terms and their simple equivalents

  • Heart ultrasound is known as Echocardiogram 
  • Fast heart rate is referred to as Tachycardia 
  • Coronary Artery disease is termed as Ischaemic heart disease  
  • High blood pressure is Hypertension
  • Waking at night breathless is a medical condition described as Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea
  • If you are breathless while lying down, then the condition is referred to as Orthopnoea
  • Sub-therapeutic is low-level and the unknown cause is described using the term Idiopathic

But, remember, explaining each and every time that you use while speaking with the patient or the client (here, interviewer) is not important.  This will look repetitive and it will not make a good impression. The best way is to restrict the use of the medical terms so that you do not have to provide explanations related to the same. 

What if the medical terms are used by the interviewers in your OET speaking sub-test?

No, your OET interviewer (who is acting as your client or the patient) will not make use of medical terms. But, yes, only common terms will be used. For instance, everybody knows what hypertension (blood pressure or BP). 

Assume that your interviewer is making use of some medical terms that are difficult for you to understand. If you hear such difficult or confusing terms, you can ask the interviewer to explain those terms to you. Of course, such discussions take place only before the start of the actual role plays. 

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