Monthly Archives: April 2014

Sweat the small stuff

I was asked to take a history from a 13-year-old boy with hypoplastic left heart syndrome who has had operation of his heart in the past and has been getting increasingly short of breath over the past few months. His

If you’re in a hole, stop digging

I was, I thought, doing fairly well up to this stage, and was particularly confident about the cardiovascular station. The examiner then asked me to examine the CVS on what appeared to be a completely well young child. I started

Don’t be thrown if you need to talk about cats to get to an eye…

I was waiting outside the ‘Musculoskeletal/Other’ station with a feeling of dread, and on entering the room was asked ‘please examine this child’s eye’. This was not an area I felt particularly confident in and my heart fell… I approached

Say what you see!

During my gastro station I had a patient with a number of signs that I couldn’t put together. They had one particular finding that I was unable to describe properly and had never seen before but I gave it a

Communication War Story

My first station in the clinical examination was communication. I was feeling fairly confident as this was an area that i had done well in during practice sessions.  The scenario was to explain to a medical student who had just

The bigger picture

My first station of the exam was cardiovascular, and naturally I was quite nervous. I walked in to find the examiner singing away with a 5 year old boy, who was very enthusiastic. He asked me to “examine the cardiovascular system”,

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