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  1. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    I want to know if this introduction is good or not. "Hello, Mrs. Smith?" "Good morning, how are you today?" If SP says "Not feeling good", then say: "I am sorry to hear that. My name is Dr. XYZ. I will be your physician today, and I am here to do my best to take care of you." Hand shake...
  2. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    When going through the ROS Qs is there a way to ask open ended questions or do we just start ask "do you have abdominal pain?" When you are going through the list is ok to say just "any nausea?" "any headaches?" or should we ask in full sentences. Thanks.
  3. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    During physical examination , Should I name the test before doing it like (spurling ,kernig ...etc ) -or just explain to the SP what I am going to do ? I want to be sure the SP will mark right on his checklist - as they don't have a checklist of Qs asked asked anymore , they will only correct...
  4. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Could someone help me with counseling the patient of depression with the correct wordings that would include the following... Sources of support-friends and loved ones, and community groups Relaxation techniques- exercise, spending time with family and friends... possible referral to a...
  5. USMLE Step 2 CS SP Challenges
    For eg, a patient with acute appendicitis comes and demands painkillers in the beginning, ofcourse we're gonna say no; but at the end of the history and p.e., when we tell him about the tests we have to do and whatnot, and he asks for painkillers again; do we say 'Sorry sir we have to wait for...
  6. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    Is it normal sentence: Have you ever had surgery before? I am not sure about "before".
  7. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    Ok, here is a deal everybody. You suspect abuse in your case, but pt is not responding to your statements as "were routinely screening for domestic violence and its a lot of cases like that.. etc" or your promises such "I can assure you it will be absolutely confidential and not be released to...
  8. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Does any one know what to say to the SP when you want to examine the heart for PMI. :)
  9. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    How to ask the SP about ataxia?:)
  10. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    How would you demonstrate empathy for a patient with a psychotic chief complaint (hallucinations)? Would you say "Sorry to hear that, I will do everything..."??
  11. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    hey, whats the easiest way to define ultrasound to the sps ? and the MRI, CT ? thanks in advance
  12. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    Is it to speak clear English Or to understand the SP language easily without asking him to repeat or even to avoid looking like as if I don't understand him i think we have to remember that it is called spoken, not understanding?? any advices?
  13. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Has anyone made a list of what to say if patient asks about a test.. For example, if patient asks what is an EEG, you say 'It's a graphical recording of your brain function.. Mind sharing your explanations?
  14. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Hi all: Just a question. When we ask " what do you do for work" and SP says he/she does not have a job presently. Do we need to offer social workers? Thank you!
  15. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    Hi all: I was watching CSE videos about incontinence and when the doctor said: does your urinary incontinence occur during sexual activity, she did not say the confidential sentence. Do we need to say confidential sentence? Or we just need to say that when we start to ask sexual history and...
  16. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    hello docs...!! My last name is Dr lingannan and i am sure it would be difficult to pronounce for the patients.... so when i introduce myself can i say hello Mr so and so ...i am Dr Lingannan..... you can call me Dr ling as it will be easier for you?? or how do I phrase this sentence in a...
  17. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    If a patient is married, should we ask him/her (how many sexual partners do you have)?
  18. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    If we suspect that pt has for example Esophageal Cancer, what is the most diplomatic way to say him so?? Is it inappropriate to say the word "cancer" to pt, if we suspect that this is the Dx?? Any inputs please??
  19. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    how should one address a female sp.as ms or mrs if u are not sure??
  20. USMLE Step 2 CS Communication Skills
    How can I ask for pruritus? What layman term to use?
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