Cough Mnemonic – USMLE Step 2 CS Mnemonics

Cough Mnemonic:

Having trouble remembering all the important questions to ask during your patient encounter? Then try this Cough Mnemonic for USMLE Step 2 CS.

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Do NOT forget to:
  • Offer a cup of water or a tissue to your patient if he/she is coughing.
  • If your patient is holding a tissue make sure to ask her to show it to you to see if there is any blood.
  • Ask whether they have tried to quit smoking in the past. Educate them on tobacco cessation.
NOTE: Make sure to wash your hands or wear gloves before you start physical examination. Make sure to ask for permission before you start each physical exam. Make sure to use proper draping (don’t forget to tie back patient’s gown). Make sure to explain each physical examination in layman’s term to your patient. Do NOT repeat painful maneuvers.

Differential Diagnosis for Cough:
Diagnostic Work up for Cough:
  • PPD skin test (to screen for latent TB)
  • CBC
  • Blood culture
  • Sputum gram stain, Acid Fast smear
  • Chest X-ray
  • Chest CT
  • C-ANCA
  • Bronchoscopy with lung biopsy


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