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 48


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.

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Good stuff
By Leo K. on 02. February 2023 for Patient Introduction and Review of the Shoulder Anatomy

Very good clear explanation. Very good teacher. Very helpfull in teaching my colleques

refreshes my memory
By Biola P. on 08. October 2022 for Examination of the Abdominal Region

everything about the videos are good. they shows landmarks and point of good

Good demonstrations
By Soren A. on 04. October 2022 for Examination of the Abdominal Region

Clear demonstrations that are easy to copy and reproduce. Clear points. Not too overloaded with information.

Excellent course and well presented
By Dr Michael E A. on 12. September 2022 for Examination of the Cardiovascular System

Dr. Holt teaches a great course ... very educational and well presented. He speaks distinctly and slow enough that I can take in very word. For me, that is essential for learning and recalling the details of this course.