Do any of you have a script? or do you just go through the general SAMPLE and OPQRST questions?
Yeah...what I said?!.Hi Sir/Ma'am/Miss, what's your name?
It's nice to meet you Mrs. Jones, I'm Gurby and this is my partner JimBob.
So what happened today? / the firefighters were saying you're having some chest pain today? / etc
From there it's basically freestyle trying to figure out what is going on. If you pay attention when skilled clinicians interview patients, you will find that they tend to ask pointed and specific questions rather than follow a generic script like OPQRST. You basically start with an undifferentiated patient, and as you discover new information (is it chest "pressure" vs "stabbing" vs "burning" etc) you begin to narrow down the possibilities of what it could be. The questions you ask will change depending on which differential diagnoses you're considering.
...and then when you think you're done, ask them, "is anything else bothering you?" because there is almost always something else, and then you look like an idiot when the ED doc does their assessment and it turns out you missed something.
Are you detecting a theme yet, op?"Hi, what's goin' on?"