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Clinical Science Midterm & Final Instructions and Rubric

1. You must complete all three case studies. In order for your work to be considered complete and eligible for full points, you will need to follow all of these instructions.

2. From the conditions that we have covered this term, choose one working diagnosis and three other differential diagnoses , for a total of four diagnoses , that you will discuss for each case. Clearly state what you think the best diagnosis is for each. Using narrative format (i.e., written in paragraph form with complete sentences), discuss the following:

· Which risk factors, signs, symptoms, labs, etc., led you to choose each diagnosis?

· Drawing on the risk factors, signs, symptoms, labs, etc., explain why the working diagnosis was ruled in and why the differentials were ruled out.

· As a general rule of thumb, each case should be about 2 pages long; it is possible for them to be shorter or longer depending on individual style and each case’s details.

3. Cite your work in APA format using appropriate sources (DO NOT use course notes). The following items are specifically graded related to APA formatting:

a) Each reference, whether direct or paraphrased, is correctly cited within the document

b) Each reference is listed in APA format in a reference list.

You can find details on APA in their publication manual:

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). ISBN-13: 978-1433805615. ISBN-10: 1433950618.

There are also APA formatting & citation handouts available in the PCOM library and on the PCOM library’s website.

4. Format your document using the following APA guidelines:

· double-spaced

· 1-inch margins

· 12-point font, preferably Times New Roman

5. Proofread for grammatical errors and typos

6. These assignments are to be completed on an individual basis; the Pacific College Honor Code is expected to be followed at all times.

Submit your work online via the course page. It must be in a .doc, .docx or .pdf format in order to submit. Documents must be submitted prior to the deadline. Please do not forget to put your name on your paper!

Grading rubric that will be applied for this assignment; total possible is 300 points:

Was the working Dx correct?

Yes

10 pts/case;

30 pts total

No, but the Dx is not unreasonable clinically (e.g., fits some of the Sx)

5 pts off each case

No – Dx chosen does not fit the case

0 pts

Were 3 additional Diff Dx discussed?

Yes

10 pts/case;

30 pts total

Only 2 Diff Dx

3 pts off each case

Only 1 Diff Dx

6 pts off each case

No Diff Dx

0 pts

Were risk factors, Sx, labs, and any additional information discussed to explain why the case fit the Dx AND why each of the Diff Dx within did not fit the case?

Yes

40 pts/case;

120 pts total

Depending on degree of lacking support & discussion

Up to 10 pts off each case

Not discussed or supported in any detail

0 pts

References were cited properly

Yes

10 pts/case;

30 pts total

Some citations were missing/incorrect

5 pts off each case

Most or all were missing/incorrect

0 pts

References in reference list

Yes

10 pts/case;

30 pts total

Some were missing/incorrect

5 pts off each case

Most or all were missing/incorrect

0 pts

Document formatted as described

Yes

30 pts for entire assignment

Minor formatting issues

15 pts off

Major formatting issues

0 pts

Document proofread

Yes

30 pts for entire assignment

Minor proofreading issues

15 pts off

Major proofreading issues

0 pts