1. Summary: The salient aspects of the case are identified, filtering out the extraneous information. Students should formulate their summary from the case before looking at the answers. A comparison to the summation in the answer will help to improve their ability to focus on the important data, while appropriately discarding the irrelevant information—a fundamental skill in clinical problem solving.
2. A Straightforward Answer is given to each open-ended question.
3. The Analysis of the Case is comprised of two parts:
a. Objectives of the Case: A listing of the two or three main principles that are crucial for a practitioner to manage the patient. Again, the students are challenged to make educated "guesses" about the objectives of the case upon initial review of the case scenario, which helps to sharpen their clinical and analytical skills.
b. Considerations: A discussion of the relevant points and brief approach to the specific patient.
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