SOAP reflection

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Writing a SOAP note for the first time is definitely a challenge for me, but I have also learned more about the topic as well.  I have also realized that the SOAP note plays an important role when it comes to effective communication in the medical team.  We have to choose what we think are the important information to help with the diagnose and treatment, and then write them down in the S.O.A.P order, which stands for subjective, objective, assessment, and plan, respectively.  The other health care providers will rely on these relevant informations to continue the care for the patient. Writing a specific and detailed SOAP note can also help to prevent medical errors as well.  The most challenging parts of writing a SOAP note are the A (Assessment) and the P (Plan).  It is difficult to come up with differential diagnoses and plan when we don’t have much clinical knowledge as a first year student.