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Inside Medicine: Patient expectation can be the measure
Sacramento Bee

Recently I was conducting an oral examination of third-year medical students.

The exam required the medical student to take a medical history – in this case from an actress – then do a physical examination. The actress presented with back pain after heavy lifting, and she was very believable. The exam was timed at 20 minutes, which is a bit longer than most doctors can spend with patients, but they’re students so we compassionately give them a few extra minutes.

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