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  1. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Hi I'm just wondering how detrimental it is to my grade that I totally blanked and didn't write investigations in 3 of my cases 😔 - so my patient note was incomplete and I had a lot of other mistakes but nothing like how big this one is. Any advice?😫
  2. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Hi everyone! I just took CS a few days ago, it was so-so :rolleyes: A day before my exam I realized www.usmle.org has published new and clear guidelines on what they expect in the patient notes. Wish I had seen them earlier, but better late than never :o They were definitely different from what...
  3. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    66 yo m c/o tremor in R hand since 6 months . tremors worsened recekntly. present at res annd disappears on purposeful action. also wife complains he has slowed down a bit in the past yr. denies any h/o fals, drooling /TIA symptoms,past h/o of occasional tremor in college when sleep deprived but...
  4. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    For your differential diagnosis if you have no positive findings on your Physical exam for a D/D do you just leave it blank?
  5. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    I am really slow in typing PN, how can i improve my typing speed?:toosad: should i look on the keyboard while typing or practice without looking at the keyboard? how many PN should i practice for a day? if i have one month time for preparing it?:scared: Any help/guidance will be really...
  6. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Hello, please help me my exam is tomorrow If we suspect appendicitis in a patient but on exam there is no tenderness on RLQ so in the physical exam findings for appendicitis should we write no RLQ tenderness or should we leave it empty? plz help it is urgent
  7. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    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...
  8. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Hi, does anyone know if there is a way to monitor time during patient note writing? I guess there is no timer on the computer screen, but how about a clock ore something similar? On my PC screen, right lower corner I have time and date. Does it appear on center's computers as well? That could be...
  9. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    any suggestion to make this pt note BETTER will be highly appreciated ,i wrote this in 9 min 48 YO F, C/O BURNING EPIGASTRIC PAIN -2 WKS,GETTING WORSE,NON RADIATING ,INTERMITTANT,VARY BETWEEN 7/10-0/10,RELIEVED BY ANT ACID,MILK ,FOOD,AGGREVATED BY HEAVY FATTY MEALS,NEVER HAD THIS PAIN...
  10. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Hi everybody. I am very concerned about typoes in patient notes. When I practice, because I am not a very fast typer, I look at the keyboard only and make frequent typoes. When I practice on usmle website patient note entry form using mozilla's browser, i get all the typos underlined in red and...
  11. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Hello, I would like to ask is there a copy paste function in the patient note in the exam Because in the history and PE findings for the DDs, sometimes there are points that can be used for all the differentials so can I copy them and paste them in the other fields?
  12. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Can we substantiate our DD with less than 3 symptoms and physical finding. In some cases I don't find relevant physical finding, what would I do in that situation? Kindly help
  13. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Took the test back in November and still awaiting results. I remember documenting that I did a cardio exam (all normal) in the PN even though I think I actually forgot to do one (it was late at night, last case, was writing the PN on autopilot). I read multiple times on this forum about how...
  14. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Hi, I know that we are going to have 10 minutes for patient note writing. But where does this time start from? In other words, between the clinical encounter end announcement and the beginning of PN typing do we have some seconds to cool down and reach the computer screen or are the 10 minutes...
  15. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Hi all, I am going through both FA and Kaplan to prepare for my CS. I could see that the check lists for history taking are deeply different in that while on FA they have a very long list of questions to be asked, on Kaplan there are just very few key information that are required to be...
  16. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    can we write all the PN in upper case??
  17. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Hello, As you know in the new patient note, you should write the history findings and physical exam findings that support each diagnosis So are there online samples for such things? Because FA 2012 does not show samples for that Also, I heard that in most cases physical exam will be...
  18. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    I didnt write any of the patient's name at the start of the patient notes during the 12 encounters..started with age and sex of the patient... of course I addressed the SPs with their names during the encounters. Can any one comment about the outcome??
  19. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    Hi everyone, Just wanted to know if having a few typos esp with medical terms can cost you too much when being evaluated by the physician? If your typing speed is average (you dont have time to correct them in the exam) but your note is otherwise adequate, will it make a big difference in...
  20. USMLE Step 2 CS Forum
    is it ok to write like this VS-WNL Chest-CTA bilaterally Heart-RRR without M/G/R can I combine past medical history previous h/o hospitalizations and surgical history in one bullet point PMHX?? also can I combine both ALLERGIES & MEDICATION in one line?? for example ALLERGIES & MEDICATION-...
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