There has been some counseling changes on the USMLE Step 3 CCS Portion. It used to be that you could just order at the end of the simulation "counsel patient" and then the program would return "patient counseled." This was a routine part of most people strategy, that the USMLE has decided to change how counseling works. Now, you can't just say "counsel patient." You have to now counsel for something specific. For example, you can't just say counsel patient...the followup question would be "for what?" So, it would be counsel patient to avoid eating gluten. This would be an appropriate counsel or counsel patient about medication compliance.
These are the types of counseling that will now be required on the USMLE Step 3 CCS portion of the test. This will go against the routine that people have become accustomed to, but the program will no longer accept just a generic "counsel patient" anymore.
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