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About this Guide

The Primary Clinical Skills (PCS) LibGuide allows students to easily access PCS materials or information that is available to students. The tabs in the navigation bar refer to the available information. Use the drop down arrow next to the tabs to navigate to additional resources such as videos, lab guides, textbooks, etc.  


Observation, inspection, palpation, percussion.....Observation, inspection, palpation, percussion...

Sign Up Sheets

Please remember to review the PES availability calendar, then email Ms. Zorn to confirm and hold your PES time slot. 


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Diagnostic Equipment


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  • Contact The Medical Store for any concerns with your equipment.

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PCS Photos

PCS TBL Interviews



2019 OSCEr

Suture Workshop

PCS TBL Interviews


ACOM SIM Competition 2019

ACOM SIM Competition Team Cotard's Delusionals

Clinical Think Box

IMAGE CHALLENGE via The New England Journal of Medicine

A 26-year-old man presented to the emergency department with a 2-month history of an altered sense of taste associated with malaise, weight loss, and muscle cramps. Physical examination showed white, sharply demarcated, adherent plaques on the sides of the tongue. What is the diagnosis?

Clink the link below to submit your answer and see if you are correct. 

Email ACOM PCS Course Directors

Attention: You can now email both PCS Course directors at once by clicking the above link, or typing ACOM PCS Course Directors” in to the “To” line of your email. Please start doing this so that Drs. Carter and Clemmons will all be aware of student concerns.

Week at a Glance - Year 1

Week At A Glance:

Wednesday, September 23 at 10:00 (Zoom)

Lecture: Intro To Physical Exam Skills

Thursday, September 24 Afternoon Skills Lab (OPP Lab)

See SEAMed for your scheduled lab time – each group will be scheduled for 1 hour.  

*These are not your regularly assigned OPP tables, so please make sure to check your group’s assigned table numbers as well*

Skills Lab attire is required. -We will give Professionalism Warnings this week for anyone not in appropriate attire.

During this lab, you will practice the skills of inspection, observation, palpation, and percussion.
Bring iPad for Quiz and for looking at the Lab Guide.

There is a 2 Question QUIZ from Wednesday’s lecture material.

Remember: The bulk of the teaching is during lecture. Lab time is for you to practice and receive feedback and assistance from faculty.

Week at a Glance - Year 2

Make sure to check the SIM schedule. There are two different SIMs running this week.

Monday, September 21 at 1:00

SIM 7 – check the schedule for your assigned date, time, and location

Wednesday, September 23 at 10:00 (DSA)

Macleod’s Respiratory- Part 1

Please remember that it will help you in both your systems courses and PCS to read the Macleod’s chapter several times throughout the systems course. You will be given 3 DSA blocks during the Respiratory course to read the chapter. You will also be provided a study guide. All questions come from material in the study guide.

Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00

SIM 6 – check the schedule for your assigned date, time, and location

Thursday, September 24 at 8:00 (OPP Lab)

Pediatric Encounter Part 2.

Make sure to check SeaMED for your scheduled time.  

Please make sure to complete last week’s Pediatric Encounter Prep DSA prior to the on campus Skills Lab.

Suggestion Box

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