HI! I’m student doctor Duroy and I will be examining you today.
Writing my first H&P: what is an H&P? How long is this going to take? How many questions do I have to ask? What all do I have to examine? what does that word mean? Oh, good thing this is just on a family member.
Second year H&P 3 week of fall semester: oh! I think I remember that I did one of these at some point during the spring semester. I have an hour and a half, that’s a really long time! Surely I won’t need to use it all. Well that was a wrong assumption to make. Maybe I should practice with this stuff a little more.
Second year H&P spring semester: I know what word means. Maxwell’s is my friend. Scunt Monkey is pretty cool.
CC:HPI:PHM:PSH:Allergies:Social Hx: Meds: ROS: does this need to be focused or all-inclusive? Physical exam: Did I forget anything? Oh, I even did some extra test. These patients aren’t as scary as I remember them being. I am not sweating as much as I remember. I know how to use these tools.
Dang it, I knew I forgot something. Definitely need more practice. Let’s see what I can come up with.
Maybe one day this will come as second nature?