Welcome to the Interactive Surgical Patient home page. This page contains the instructions for navigating through this web site and completing the clinical case.
To navigate through this case you may click on any of the buttons found on the menu below. These buttons will be available on each page and you may go back and forth between pages at any time during the tutorial.
The following is a clinical case in general surgery. In order to get the most from this tutorial the student should go through the case much as he would a real patient.
In the "History" section, the student will be able to ask a variety of questions from a list. You may ask the questions in any order you wish, and you do not have to ask all the questions. After clicking on each question the response will appear. In the "Physical Exam" section you will be able to click on any part of the body and the appropriate physical findings will be given to you.
After completing the history and physical you may select from a number of labs and radiological studies to help confirm the diagnosis. Once you are ready to make the diagnosis you may click on that button and select one of the diagnoses in the list. If you are incorrect, you will be given a short explanation and asked to choose another diagnosis. Once the correct diagnosis is made, you will proceed to the treatment section. Here, you will decide how you want to manage this patient.
When you are done with the case you may chose to view related links to this topic by clicking on the "Links" button. If you are interested in further reading on this topic you may click on "References." I would appreciate any comments you may have at the end of the case.
Finally, I would like to thank Dr. Marquis Hart, Dr. Helene Hoffman, Dr. Keith Barrington, and Brian Webb for their help in completing this project. Special thanks to Chad Shannon for his countless hours of HTML coding. I would also like to thank Tina Reyes for her acting debut as a simulated patient. - Ramy Elias
When you are ready to begin, read the chief complaint below and click on "History" to start asking questions. Good luck!!