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differential diagnosis

14 Dec

Every afternoon, for the last two weeks of the semester, we watch a physician (top of his/her field) take a history and perform a physical exam on a standardized patient, who presents with anything ranging from cognitive impairment to vaginal bleeding to “belly pain.”  They pause during the examination to take questions from us, and we’re allowed to shout out what other information we’d like from the patient.  Then we break up into small groups with a preceptor in the given field of the case of the day, regurgitate information, throw out any possible explanation, and then narrow our differential.

To Us: May we continue to consider the zebras with the horses, and may we not be afraid to be wrong and strong as we start the on the wards.