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Old 04-25-2011
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Question What affects your CS performance in CIS subdivisions?

I am going to take the CS exam next week.. unfortunately, I have already taken it once and failed the CIS..
Because I want to learn from my mistake I would like to know what affects the CIS subdivisions of the exam and on what parameters they are scored..
These include
Questioning Skills, Information gathering skills (my biggest fiasco) , and Professional Manner and rapport (my second biggest fiasco)..
During the exam, I wore the gloves once during the PE, I failed to remember to give advice about certain health habbits at a few occasions, and in one case after I finished counseling I thought I had time to take orthostatic VS and I got interrupted during doing so... this is what I can remember , it was a long time ago....
I will send my experience when I finish with the exam... wish me luck...
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Questioning skills - examples include:

* use of open-ended questions, transitional statements, facilitating remarks
* avoidance of leading or multiple questions, repeat questions unless for clarification, medical terms/jargon unless immediately defined, interruptions when the patient is talking
* accurately summarizing information from the patient

Information-sharing skills - examples include:

* acknowledging patient issues/concerns and clearly responding with information
* avoidance of medical terms/jargon unless immediately defined
* clearly providing
o counseling when appropriate
o closure, including statements about what happens next

Professional manner and rapport - examples include:

* asking about
o expectations, feelings, and concerns of the patient
o support systems and impact of illness, with attempts to explore these areas
* showing
o consideration for patient comfort during the physical examination
o attention to cleanliness through hand washing or use of gloves
* providing opportunity for the patient to express feelings/concerns
* encouraging additional questions or discussion
* making
o empathetic remarks concerning patient issues/concerns
o patient feel comfortable and respected during the encounter

CIS performance is assessed by the standardized patients, who provide a global rating of these skills using a series of generic rating scales.
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