Differential diagnosis

1. Briefly and concisely summarize the H&P findings as if you were presenting it to

your preceptor using the pertinent facts from the case. Use shorthand where possible and

approved medical abbreviations. Avoid redundancy and irrelevant information.

1. Provide a differential diagnosis (minimum of 3) which might explain the patient’s

chief complaint along with a brief statement of pathophysiology for each.

2. Analyze the differential by using the pertinent findings from the history and

physical to argue for or against a diagnosis.

3. Rank the differential in order of most likely to least likely.

4. Identify any additional tests and/or procedures that you feel is necessary or needed

to help you narrow your differential. All testing decisions must be supported with an

evidence-based medicine (EBM) argument as to why it is necessary or pertinent in this

case. If no testing is indicated or needed, you must also support this decision with EBM