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Hi all,
I would like to know what you think about this: I am really concerned of PN writing since I almost always either run out of time or, to avoid that, omit information from my PN. I know that these are the rules and there is no point in argument against them, but I would like to know if I am the only one thinking that it is at least "strange" that the most important skill required to pass an expensive "Clinical Skills" examination is typing speed...
What if I am a good clinician but I am slow in typing? And what if I am an average clinician but very fast typist and can include more information just because of that... I am curious to know what you think...
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All clinical practices are mandated to have electronic medical records by the year 2015. No more papers in any clinical setting in USA.

This means typing is part of the clinical practice and those who can type fast are more efficient clinicians.

Typing speed is not a talent that only few people has it. It is something easy to learn. Take any typing course and you'll be typing fast in one week.

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All clinical practices are mandated to have electronic medical records by the year 2015. No more papers in any clinical setting in USA.

This means typing is part of the clinical practice and those who can type fast are more efficient clinicians.

Typing speed is not a talent that only few people has it. It is something easy to learn. Take any typing course and you'll be typing fast in one week.

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Unless you have a disability, there's no reason why you can't get a PN finished in the allotted time if typing speed is the issue.
The main reason for not finishing the PN within the allowed time is 'thinking' too much or faffing around while typing or not having a DDx, etc. already in your head before starting the PN.
Typing at a reasonable rate of words per minute (as alluded to above) is easily attained by taking a quick course and practicing.
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I learned typing at a very early age and I also grew up using internet instant messenger programs online so I became a very fast typer. But I notice for people who didn't grow up with it take very long to learn and even when they learn how they don't become as fast as someone who learned it at a young age. It is a disadvantage for many foreigners or older graduates, that's for sure. But hey you can just do your interview and physical exam faster and then you have more time for the note!
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