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 234
  • Concept Pages 45


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 Connecticut, USA.
He obtained his PhD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. Currently, he is Director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic and Codirector of Clinician Educator Distinctions Pathway at Yale School of Medicine.
Because of 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.

User reviews

4,8 of 5 stars
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1  Star
Very good lecture series
By JOSE ANTONIO P. on 17. January 2022 for Examination of the Head, Neck, and Ears

Incredible lecture series and clear explanations, a total must for physicians regardless of the level of knowledge!

Excellent, I love it.
By AMINUL H. on 15. January 2022 for Examination of Cardiovascular and Respiratory System

Very easy to understand, easy to capture everything. May be very much helpful for all, even for very beginners.

Amazing videos
By Niloufar A. on 14. January 2022 for Examination of the Cranial Nerves

These lectures by Stephen Holt are amazing for revision . I found these very useful to quickly revise the medical subjects as he teaches loads of fascinating medical findings that are relevant to the examination.

By Nelsozx i. on 14. January 2022 for Introduction to Physical Examination

It’s extremely good and useful but I have no money ????????