Physical Examination (release in progress)

Physical Examination (release in progress)

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 57
  • Duration 6:04 h
  • Quiz questions 183
  • Articles 0


Your Educators of course Physical Examination (release in progress)

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt attended Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and subsequently completed his residency training and Chief Residency at Yale's Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program before joining the program as an Assistant Professor. He currently serves as the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program.

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Fantastic videos
By Charalampos P. on 19. June 2021 for Examination of Cardiovascular and Respiratory System

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By Dengu D. on 17. June 2021 for Purpose of the Physical Exam

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By James S. on 16. June 2021 for Physical Examination (release in progress)

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By Luis M. on 15. June 2021 for Examinations of the Neck and Back Region

I am taking in this moment semioLogy of the upper extremities