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Medical history nerves

I have just completed my first week as a second year student and start seeing patients again next week.. As excited as I am for what this year has to offer, I feel as if my biggest fear is extensive/complicated medical histories. Any tips to feel more comfortable with going over an extensive medical histories?

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Medications: know if there are any dental complications…..most all will be xerostomia. Make sure all your medical clearances are there. When discussing the health history……just remember you can read the form while you are presenting to instructor. Most all info is on the questionnaire except dental complications to medicines and if any clearances are needed. Remember too which med is for HBP etc….they may also ask if a HBP is a diuretic or a beta blocker etc.
This is a great learning experience, it’s going to be crazy…….you can do this!!! Group the medications in order of the medical issues. That way you’ll know which meds are for HBP……Cholesterol…..restless leg syndrome……diabetes……since some conditions will have 2-4 different medications. You’ll make mistakes……we all do…….even out in the real world!

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