Forgetfulness Mnemonic – Best USMLE Step 2 CS Mnemonics

Forgetfulness Mnemonic:

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

Forgetfulness Mnemonic - BEST USMLE Step 2 CS Mnemonics - Medical Institution

Forgetfulness Mnemonic – BEST USMLE Step 2 CS Mnemonics – Medical Institution

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION for Forgetfulness 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 each physical examination in layman’s term to your patient. Do NOT repeat painful maneuvers.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS for Forgetfulness Mnemonic:
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Vascular “Multi-infarct” dementia
  • Pseudodementia (Dementia due to depression)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Subdural Hematoma
DIAGNOSTIC WORK UP for Forgetfulness Mnemonic:
  • CBC
  • Electrolytes, Calcium, Glucose, BUN/Cr
  • Serum B12, TSH, PRP
  • CT of head
  • MRI of brain
  • EEG
COUNSELING for Forgetfulness Mnemonic
  • If patient does not remember the name of his/her medication, ask for the list of the medication. Patient should have a Paper with the list of medications.
  • I would like to ask your permission to speak to your family and ask them a few questions.
  • I would like you and your family to meet with our social worker to assess home safety and supervision.


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