Physical Examination

Physical Examination

by Stephen Holt, MD, MS

A physical examination constitutes a head-to-toe assessment of a patient’s body. It includes the checking of vital signs, the inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation of every major body part, and goes hand-in-hand with the medical history and sometimes basic laboratory tests.

The physical exam is one of the main cornerstones of the diagnostic field. A thorough and differential diagnosis-directed history and physical examination guide physicians to an appropriate patient workup. The probability of diagnostic errors, oversights, and unnecessary tests is increased due to poor physical examination skills.

This exam understandably relies on the previous comprehension of anatomy and physiology. A well-performed physical exam provides the advantages of an enhanced physician-patient relationship, improved patient safety, fewer diagnostic errors, and lower financial costs.

Course Details

  • Videos 91
  • Duration 8:30 h
  • Quiz questions 236
  • Articles 0


Your Educators of course Physical Examination

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Dr. Stephen Holt is the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program at the Yale School of Medicine in Washington, USA.
He obtained his PhD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. Currently, he is Director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic and Co-Director of Clinician Educator Distinctions Pathway at Yale School of Medicine.
Due to his achievements, he earned the Faculty Teacher of the Year award from the Yale Primary Care Residency Program in 2009 and 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Holt teaches courses on Physical Examination, Dermatology, and Rheumatology.

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By Ismael V. on 24. September 2021 for Examination of the Upper Extremities

Very objective and práctica. Very well explained signos and maneuvers.

By Manuel Francisco B. on 23. September 2021 for Physical Exam Findings in Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Excellent , this is what I was waiting for. Thank you very much!

Great in general but missing heart sounds examples.
By Robert H. N. on 23. September 2021 for Examination of Cardiovascular and Respiratory System

In general, great course. Was missing examples of normal and pathological heart sounds to be played in since with the relevant parts of the course.

By Louise G. on 20. September 2021 for Examination of the Nose and Mouth

Great videos and good points to keep for the future