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General Surgery End of Rotation PAEA™ Exam Topic List
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GASTROINTESTINAL/NUTRITIONAL (Pearls) - 32 topics/50% of EOR exam
Abdominal pain Heartburn and dyspepsia
Acute and chronic cholecystitis Hematemesis
Acute and chronic pancreatitis Hemorrhoids
Anal disease (fissures, abscess, fistula)
Hepatic carcinoma
Anorexia
Hernias (inguinal, femoral, incisional) 
Appendicitis
Hiatal hernia
Bariatric surgery
Inflammatory bowel disease
Bowel obstruction (small, large, volvulus)
Jaundice
Cholangitis
Melena and hematochezia
Cholelithiasis and choledocholithiasis 
Nausea and vomiting
Colorectal carcinoma
Pancreatic carcinoma
Diarrhea, constipation, obstipation, and change in bowel habits
Pancreatic pseudocyst
Diverticular disease 
Peptic ulcer disease
Esophageal cancer 
Pyloric stenosis
Esophageal Strictures
Small bowel carcinoma
Gastric cancer
Toxic megacolon
PREOPERATIVE/POSTOPERATIVE CARE (PEARLS) - 13 topics/12% of EOR exam
Acid/base disorders Metabolic disease (history of diabetes, adrenal insufficiency)
Cardiac disease (history of myocardial infarction, unstable angina, valvular disease, hypertension, arrhythmias, heart failure) Pulmonary disease (history of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Deep venous thrombosis Risk assessment
Electrolyte  disorders Substance use disorder
Hematologic disease (history of clotting disorders, anticoagulant use) Post-operative fever
Fluid/volume disorders (volume overload/depletion) Wounds/infections
CARDIOVASCULAR (PEARLS) - 9 topics/9% of EOR exam
Aortic aneurysm/dissection Dyspnea on exertion
Arterial embolism/thrombosis Peripheral arterial disease
Arterial/venous ulcer disease Syncope
Chest pain; history of angina Varicose veins
Claudication
ENDOCRINOLOGY (PEARLS) - 10 topics/8% of EOR exam
Adrenal carcinoma Palpitations
Fatigue Pheochromocytoma
Heat and cold intolerance Thyroid carcinoma
Hyperparathyroidism Thyroid Nodules
Hyperthyroidism Tremors
DERMATOLOGY (PEARLS) - 11 topics/5% of EOR exam
Basal cell carcinoma Pressure ulcers
Burns Rash
Cellulitis Redness/erythema
Discharge Squamous cell carcinoma
Drug eruptions (postoperative) Urticaria (postoperative)
Melanoma
NEUROLOGY (PEARLS) 7 topics/5% of EOR exam
Change in speech Subarachnoid hemorrhage
Change in vision Subdural hematoma
Epidural hematoma Vascular disorders (carotid disease)
Motor and sensory loss
UROLOGY/RENAL (PEARLS) 13 topics/5% of EOR Exam
Acid/base disorders Orthostatic hypotension
Bladder carcinoma Renal cell carcinoma
Chronic renal failure (shunts/access) Renal vascular disease
Dysuria Testicular carcinoma
Edema Urinary retention
Fluid and electrolyte disorders Wilms Tumor
Nephrolithiasis
HEMATOLOGY (PEARLS) 3 topics/3% of EOR exam
Anemia Fatigue
Easy bruising/bleeding
PULMONOLOGY (PEARLS) 7 tpics/3% of EOR exam
Hemoptysis Pneumothorax
Lung carcinoma Shortness of breath
Pleural effusion Weight loss and fatigue
Pneumonia (postoperative)
OBSTETRICS/GYNECOLOGY (PEARLS) 6 topics/3% of EOR exam
Adenopathy Nipple discharge
Benign breast disease: fibroadenomas and fibrocystic breast disease Pain
Breast carcinoma Skin changes
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