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Hello everyone,

I just took my CS exam a week ago and I thought it went well except my physical exam portions. I examined the required system directly, but found little time to do other exams such as listen to the lungs and heart in unrelated cases. I was too focused on finishehing the encounter (summarizing hx, impressiin, workup plan, and answering pt qs.) when practicing I was getting most exam points on first aid, but in the real en ounter i would go slower as to not rush the pt, and so i started most exams after the 5 min warning and went straightfor the system + perhaps looked at the hands and conjunctivae if i had to be quick.) the other parts of the exam i think went well (CIS, SEP, and the DD, w/u and hx portions of the PN.)

My question is, how important is the PE beyobd the involved system directly eg. Listening, palpating and percussing the abdomen for an abdominal case?) It would be really terrible to not pass the exam for being extra focused, and i did not find the FA exam recommendations practible or possible in most cases, without comprimising the closure. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

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Bump, anyone?
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Hey Dont Worry. There is never enough time for the irrelevant PE unless the case is extremely simple. Physical exam is always done very focused and brief. I know people who skipped the complete PE in a couple of cases and still passed. Good Luck.
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The beginning and especially the Closure are the 2 most important things. If you invested your time on either of them, you did the right thing.
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you have to do what you can in the allotted time, sometimes you wont have time for everything
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you can do either or you will have enough time to do both depending on the pe involved if it is a neuro you may have time for just heart and lung in terms of a general exam and a full neuro I recommend you watch csevideos and see how they do the long pe and add the general to it they can show you how to do a long neuro or dm case and still fit in a fast genreal exam I passed my exam and I had time for heart nad lung in each case
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you have to do a complete physical like in FA but focused to CC
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Focused PE IS BEST AROUND POSITIVE FINDINGS
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