- Given a patient with “dizziness”, conduct a history so as to distinguish true vertigo from other types of dizziness.
- Identify which medications are likely causes of dizziness.
- Conduct a relevant physical exam so as to rule out serious causes of dizziness, including assessment of orthostatic blood pressure, cerebellar & cranial nerve function, and cardiac exam.
- Identify patients with BPPV and be able to demonstrate the Epley maneuver for these patients.
- Understand the differential diagnosis for central and peripheral causes of vertigo
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