Interviewing as Clinical Conversation
Mrs. Dinah Washburn is a 42-year-old woman who has come to the office for the first time. She is experiencing severe abdominal pain, looks pale, and is sweating profusely. Alice, the fourth-year student on a family medicine rotation, is assigned to take her history and to complete a physical examination. She enters the room and begins the interview:
Alice: Hi, Mrs. Washburn. I’m Alice Tidwell, a fourth-year medical student, and I’ll be taking care of you today.
Mrs. Washburn: Hi. I really feel bad.
Alice: I can see that you’re in pain. Is there anything I can do to help you be more comfortable while I talk with you and examine you? I need to find out some basic information before we can give you any medication to help the pain.
Mrs. Washburn: Yeah, if I curl up with a pillow against my stomach it helps a little.
Alice: Then let me get a pillow for you before we begin …
KeywordsMedical Student Sore Throat Social History Chief Resident Chief Concern
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