Diabetes follow up Mnemonic – Best USMLE Step 2 CS mnemonics

Diabetes Follow Up Mnemonic:

If you are having trouble remembering all the important questions during your patient encounter then try this Diabetes follow up mnemonic for USMLE Step 2 CS.

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Diabetes Follow up Mnemonic – BEST USMLE Step 2 CS Mnemnics – Medical Institution

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION for Diabetes Follow Up mnemonic

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 the physical examination in layman’s term to your patient. Do NOT repeat painful maneuvers. 

  • Eye examination: Funduscopic exam
  • Neck exam: Carotid auscultation
  • Cardiovascular exam: Palpation, auscultation
  • Pulmonary exam: Auscultation
  • Abdominal exam: Auscultation, palpation, percussion
  • Extremities: Inspect feet for infection or ulcers, Check peripheral pulses
  • Neurologic exam: Motor, Sensation, DTRs, Babinski Reflex
DIFFERENTIAL DIANGOSIS “DDx” for Diabetes Follow Up mnemonic

In this case the DDx depends on the patient’s HPI and whether he/she has any other complains other than the request for refill prescription. For example if the patient is complaining of  “Chest pain” then you must do DDx for Chest pain, or if the patient is having problem with erection then you must do differential diagnosis for Erectile dysfunction and…

DIAGNOSTIC WORK UP for Diabetes Follow Up mnemonic
  • Genital Exam (If patient complains of Erectile dysfunction -> Mnemonic)
  • Serum Glucose
  • HbA1c
  • Urinalysis
  • Urine Microalbumin (to check Kidney function)
  • BUN/Cr (to check Kidney function)
  • CBC
COUNSELING for Diabetes Follow Up mnemonic

Diabetes Mellitus & Hypertension Counseling  –> MEDOWS

  • Medication (Regularity/Compliance)
  • Exercise (For obese/secondary life style)
  • Diet modification (Less Salty & Fatty food)
  • Ophthalmoscopic exam (EVERY Year “annually”)
  • Weight management
  • Sugar check up daily


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