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USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Triage: A Guide to Honing Clinical Skills


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USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Triage is the indispensable preparation book for the Step 2 Clinical Skills exam, presenting 40 high-yield patient-encounter cases that simulate the examination experience. Cases are organized for straightforward learning: a sample dialogue that mimics actual doctor-patient communication is followed by guidelines on performing the physical exam, ending the case, writing the patient note, and outlining the differential diagnosis. Comprehensive yet succinct, the cases address almost all possible exam scenarios, including telephone cases and "difficult patient" encounters. Each case contains detailed and relevant information on presenting complaints and conditions, with pertinent points highlighted and boxed for easy review. Written by the author of the popular USMLE Step 3 Triage, this book is optimal for either individual or group study and for any student interested in reviewing how to practice applying medical knowledge and patient-centered skills.

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This study guide presents 40 patient-encounter cases simulating the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam. Cases address all possible exam scenarios, including telephone cases and 'difficult patient' encounters. Each case begins with facts on vital signs and examinee tasks, then presents an extended dialogue between patient and clinician, plus guidelines on performing the physical exam, 'handwritten' patient notes, a differential diagnosis chart, and margin notes. The book also includes material on test logistics and test-taking strategies. Schwechten teaches in Mississippi. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Kevin Schwechten, MD

Teaching Faculty and Staff Physician

Magnolia Regional Health Center

Magnolia Regional Health Center Residency Program

Corinth, MS

Table of Contents


1. Vision Loss

2. Red Eye

3. Mental Status Change

4. Dizziness

5. Headache

6. Sleep Difficulties

7. Headache and Stiff Neck

8. Syncope

9. Heat Related Injury

10. Breast Lump

11. Chest Pain

12. Chronic Cough

13. Shortness of Breath

14. Weight Loss and Fatigue

15. Respiratory Symptoms

16. Male Abdominal Pain

17. Nausea and Vomiting in a Diabetic

18. Nausea and Vomiting in a Female

19. Female Abdominal Pain

20. Anterior Knee Pain

21. Wrist Pain

22. Joint Pain

23. Back Pain

24. Back Pain in an Elderly patient

25. Shoulder Pain

26. Lower Leg Pain

27. Fatigue and Bruising

28. Fever in Pregnancy

29. Hematuria

30. Testicular Mass

31. Irregular Menses

32. Fever in a Child

33. Difficult Patient: Fibromyalgia

34. Difficult Patient: Drug Seeking

35. Difficult Patient: Non-English Speaking

36. Telephone Case: Abdominal Pain

37. Telephone Case: Elderly Fall

38. Telephone Case: Labor Check

39. Telephone Case: Question of Abuse

40. Telephone Case: Toxic Ingestion


Product Details

Schwechten, Kevin
Oxford University Press, USA
Diagnosis, differential
Clinical medicine
Professional - General
Test Preparation & Review
Medicine | Primary Care
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
8.5 x 10.8 x 0.8 in 1.7 lb

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