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Question Differential based on history only

Hi guys my exam s in January..I have a question ? Can we skip the Physical findings part of PN and only fill up the pertinent things in Hx box...?How wl dat effect the PN and our score ?

Ur help wl b greatly appreciated...
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I think that will definetly lower your score. All parts of the PN should be completed
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Hi,
For around 3 of the 12, i wrote only 2 differentials( gave 3 d/d's for the rest 9 cases)...... and coming to the supporting points in history, i wrote pertinent positives(3 for all the first diagnosis and atleast 2 for the second n third d/d's)..... coming to the supporting points in physical, i was able to write atleast one for around 7 cases. Dont know how they rate but, i passed the exam.
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@drconfused, congrat , and thank you very much for your post , really boost my confidence .
I was afraid cause I have the same problem that a lot of cases I dont find any physical finding that support the Dx to write in .
THX again
wish you the best of luck.
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Hi,
For around 3 of the 12, i wrote only 2 differentials( gave 3 d/d's for the rest 9 cases)...... and coming to the supporting points in history, i wrote pertinent positives(3 for all the first diagnosis and atleast 2 for the second n third d/d's)..... coming to the supporting points in physical, i was able to write atleast one for around 7 cases. Dont know how they rate but, i passed the exam.
Congrats Sir...can u plz share ur exam experience and gv us sm exam tips ?
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Congrats Sir...can u plz share ur exam experience and gv us sm exam tips ?
Practice practice and practice with a study partner and u r perfect......
2 or more sp's would be good. And on the exam day, Confidence is all that matters..... Another very imp thng is that, do not carry on the stress from mistakes in the prev case to the next one.... very imp.... V make mistakes in the exam which we should be ready to accept and move on with a new spirit to the next case. And finally lots of best wishes. Good luck guys.....
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Practice practice and practice with a study partner and u r perfect......
2 or more sp's would be good. And on the exam day, Confidence is all that matters..... Another very imp thng is that, do not carry on the stress from mistakes in the prev case to the next one.... very imp.... V make mistakes in the exam which we should be ready to accept and move on with a new spirit to the next case. And finally lots of best wishes. Good luck guys.....

Thx a lot, a lot......God bless.....
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Thanks so much
about the minicases
how long it takes to finish them? and should we also memorize the key history/physical exam part?
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Yeah thats true
because physical findings are not usually there
in that case I think just list
pertinent negative physical findings
but i think it is more imp to put pertinent positives for the diff diagnoses
gl all
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Search Any site for accepted abbrevations other than usmle website

Please post a reliable site for accepted abbrevations if anybody finds.

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http://www.usmle.org/pdfs/step-2-cs/cs-info-manual.pdf

check pages 13 and 14 for abbreviations
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Thank you for the link.
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These are some abbreviations I collected during my preparation for the exam:
yo year-old
m male
f female
b black
w white
L left
R right
hx history
h/o history of
c/o complaining of
without or no
+ positive
- negative
Abd abdomen
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
AP anteroposterior
BUN blood urea nitrogen
CABG coronary artery bypass grafting
CBC complete blood count
CCU cardiac care unit
CHF congestive heart failure
cig cigarettes
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CT computed tomography
CVA cerebrovascular accident
CVP central venous pressure
CXR chest x-ray
DM diabetes mellitus
DTR deep tendon reflexes
ECG electrocardiogram
ED emergency department
EMT emergency medical technician
ENT ears, nose, and throat
EOM extraocular muscles
ETOH alcohol
Ext extremities
FH family history
GI gastrointestinal
GU genitourinary
HEENT head, eyes, ears, nose, and throat
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HTN hypertension
IM intramuscularly
IV intravenously
JVD jugular venous distention
KUB kidney, ureter, and bladder
LMP last menstrual period
LP lumbar puncture
MI myocardial infarction
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MVA motor vehicle accident
Neuro neurologic
NIDDM non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergy
NL normal/normal limits
NSR normal sinus rhythm
P pulse/heart rate
PA posteroanterior
PERLA pupils equal, react to light
and accommodation
po orally
PT prothrombin time
PTT partial thromboplastin time
RBC red blood cells
SH social history
TIA transient ischemic attack
U/A urinalysis
URI upper respiratory tract infection
WBC white blood cells
WNL within normal limits
Without: W/O
HEENT; NC,PERRLA
chest; CTA B/L
HEARt; RRR S1S2 WNL, NO M, R or G.
NSVD: NL spontaneous vaginal delivery.
LAD; lymphadenopathy.
HSM (hepatosplenomegaly
NC/AT (normocephalic, atraumatic)
RRR means Regular Rate and Rhythm
Patient is in NAd
LPS 1 year ago NL; last pap smear NL
CBC W/Diff
NSVD; normal spontaneous vaginal delivery.
ROS; negative except as above.
PCN penicillin
TMs tympanic membranes.
q.d. is a Latin abbreviation for "quaque die," which translates in English to "every day" or "once daily.
p.o. is a Latin abbreviation for "per os," which translates in English to "by mouth" or "by way of the mouth."
bid; twice a day, tid; 3 times a day, qid; 4x a day.
TMs; tympanic membranes.
Min; minute.
FOBT; fecal occult blood testing.
HSM for hepatospelonomegaly
All; allergies.
PND; paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea.
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These are some abbreviations I collected during my preparation for the exam:
yo year-old
m male
f female
b black
w white
L left
R right
hx history
h/o history of
c/o complaining of
without or no
+ positive
- negative
Abd abdomen
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
AP anteroposterior
BUN blood urea nitrogen
CABG coronary artery bypass grafting
CBC complete blood count
CCU cardiac care unit
CHF congestive heart failure
cig cigarettes
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CT computed tomography
CVA cerebrovascular accident
CVP central venous pressure
CXR chest x-ray
DM diabetes mellitus
DTR deep tendon reflexes
ECG electrocardiogram
ED emergency department
EMT emergency medical technician
ENT ears, nose, and throat
EOM extraocular muscles
ETOH alcohol
Ext extremities
FH family history
GI gastrointestinal
GU genitourinary
HEENT head, eyes, ears, nose, and throat
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HTN hypertension
IM intramuscularly
IV intravenously
JVD jugular venous distention
KUB kidney, ureter, and bladder
LMP last menstrual period
LP lumbar puncture
MI myocardial infarction
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MVA motor vehicle accident
Neuro neurologic
NIDDM non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergy
NL normal/normal limits
NSR normal sinus rhythm
P pulse/heart rate
PA posteroanterior
PERLA pupils equal, react to light
and accommodation
po orally
PT prothrombin time
PTT partial thromboplastin time
RBC red blood cells
SH social history
TIA transient ischemic attack
U/A urinalysis
URI upper respiratory tract infection
WBC white blood cells
WNL within normal limits
Without: W/O
HEENT; NC,PERRLA
chest; CTA B/L
HEARt; RRR S1S2 WNL, NO M, R or G.
NSVD: NL spontaneous vaginal delivery.
LAD; lymphadenopathy.
HSM (hepatosplenomegaly
NC/AT (normocephalic, atraumatic)
RRR means Regular Rate and Rhythm
Patient is in NAd
LPS 1 year ago NL; last pap smear NL
CBC W/Diff
NSVD; normal spontaneous vaginal delivery.
ROS; negative except as above.
PCN penicillin
TMs tympanic membranes.
q.d. is a Latin abbreviation for "quaque die," which translates in English to "every day" or "once daily.
p.o. is a Latin abbreviation for "per os," which translates in English to "by mouth" or "by way of the mouth."
bid; twice a day, tid; 3 times a day, qid; 4x a day.
TMs; tympanic membranes.
Min; minute.
FOBT; fecal occult blood testing.
HSM for hepatospelonomegaly
All; allergies.
PND; paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea.
awesome job! thanks so much!
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