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Mnemonics for the usmle step 2 CS
« on: February 10, 2007, 07:41:56 PM »
ROS PAM HUGS FOSS

ROS: Review of Systems
Past Medical History and similar episodes in the past
Allergies
Medicines
Hospitalization
Urinary changes
Gastrointestinal complains
Sleep pattern
Family history
OB/GYN history
Sexual habits
Social life

LIQOR AAA

L Location of the symptom (forehead, wrist...)
I Intensity of the symptom (scale 1-10, 6/10)
Q Quality of the symptom (burning, pulsating pain...)
O Onset of the symptom + precipitating factors
R Radiation of the symptom ( to left shoulder and arm)
A Associated symptoms ( palpitations, shortness of breath)
A Alleviating factors (sitting with my chest on my knees)
A Aggravating factors (effort, smoking, large meals)

Differential diagnosis checklist

DIRECTION:


Drugs
Infection
Rheumatologic
Endocrine
Cardiovascular
Trauma
Inflammatory
Other
Neoplasm



PQRST for Chief Complaint:

P revious

P rogression

P alliative

P rovocative

Q uality

R egion

S everity

S ymptoms

T iming

Is more applicable to pain, but can be used as a guide in general, skipping the ones that are not appropiate (eg. R in hematemesis or amenorrhea).

For Social History use TIA SHOE:

T obacco

I llicit drigs

A lcohol

S exual

H ouse life

O ccupation

E ating (diet)

A good mnemonic for the Pediatric history:

Use BINDER - birth history, immunization history, nutrition, development, Eating, Rash... also it's good to ask where the child is during the day like day care, school, grandmother's house, etc...
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