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Is it not recommended to write ALL OF THE PN IN CAPS?


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It's acceptable. But it's not recommended.

It's not nice and not professional. In fact, when you do ALL CAPS you are telling the examiner that you are an IMG and that you have poor grammatical skills.

See this discussion
Can we type in all CAPITAL LETTERS on the PN???

Of course many IMGs would disagree and they'll say "I TYPED ALL CAPS" and I passed. But the reality is that using ALL CAPS is not a professional style.

Check all medical journals and case reports, if you see any case report written in ALL CAPS let me know.

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I heard it won't be penalized. But you can still avoid all caps by practicing PN many many times..
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I don't know why so many people want to do that, it is not like many words in English have to be capitalized anyway...
I have read of many people doing it and passing, but I really think it is a bad idea. If you want to work as a doctor in the US, you are not going to be able to type your notes all in caps and you are probably not doing that now either...
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everyone knows that it is not good to type in all caps and the same thing we don't do in real practice. but because of the time constraints, if needed it is not bad type pn notes in all caps.
pn note raters see the content of the note rather than small caps or all caps. i have typed pn notes in all caps without any headings of hpi/pmh/sh/fh but clear demarcation between all of them and with minimal use abbreviations and got high performance with 3 stars at the end.
so my advice is to type what ever way you want with minimal spelling mistakes and cover as many points as possible in order with minimal use of abbreviations and use of abbreviations given in usmle website
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I think u can do that. I personally tried it and and now typing much faster
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Is it not recommended to write ALL OF THE PN IN CAPS?


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I've seen a few things about this and I think this is all psychological. I mean, does having to hit the shift key every few seconds really take away from a lot of the time typing? Has anyone timed themselves?
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I've seen a few things about this and I think this is all psychological. I mean, does having to hit the shift key every few seconds really take away from a lot of the time typing? Has anyone timed themselves?
I can't imagine it would make a difference, but people stress about all kinds of things. Honestly, there are not that many words that need to be capitalized and it is just so unprofessional writing it all in caps...
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my friend took the exam and passed, he did not use them. there is no reason to use all caps, and it does not look professional. they are grading on the quality of the note , and not the appearance
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Its not that its not recommended, but I think its way easier for slow typers like me..............I typed all caps and I passed !!
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I don't think it matters.
You should do whatever you are comfortable with.
I am a slow typer and for me it was far more important to get all the info on my PN than to worry about my PNs looking professional.
Just think for yourself, would you rather have all the information on your PN or worry about how they look? They are not going to score you how your patient notes look but the content i.e. did you write what you were supposed to write? It's like finishing a race no matter how you look!

In fact, the only time I could get all the info on my PNs were in cases when I finished the encounter early which was in 10 cases. I knew that if I had to get my PN complete I had to finish my encounter early and that what I practised.
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The med student before me was obv writing in caps, because the caps lock key was on. It was very frustrating to have to notice that every time i was starting to write my patient note, and turn it off lol
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