Workshop 1: Interview of the Healthy Patient Learning Objectives and Outcomes

• Learn the format of the medical interview: o Chief complaint o History of present illness (HPI) o Past medical history, which includes

■ Psychiatric o Family history o Personal/social history o Review of systems

• Learn the interview of a healthy patient.

• Practice oral presentation skills for the history.

• Review the "write-up" of the history.

Workshop Activities

1. PRIOR to the workshop, conduct an interview with a healthy patient. (Ask another classmate, friend, or family member. The information will remain confidential.)

2. Discuss the format of a good oral presentation (Box 1).

3. Verbally present the interview to your class or assigned workshop group (5 minutes per presentation).

4. Submit the write-up of your interview to your faculty preceptor by the end of the workshop.

Box 1: Tips for a Great Verbal Presentation


• Aim for your presentation to be no longer than 5 minutes (3 minutes for the history, 2 for the physical examination).

• Use notes, but maintain good eye contact with your listeners.

• Remember, the history is subjective (what the patient says), and the examination is objective (what you observe).

• Do not include everything in the oral presentation that you present in your write-up. Be selective!

History of Present Illness (HPI) • Patient's age, sex, occupation

• Symptoms (or immediate cause of admission)

• Chronology and the seven characteristics of the current symptoms:

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