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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The use of tips for practicing, diagrams alongside the lecture and having a patient present made this interesting and easy to remember.

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By george r. on 26. May 2022 for Examinations of the Neck and Back Region

All practicing clinicians need to take this course. They have forgotten the significance of hands on and correlating the exam with diagnostic testing. Most if not all have some pathological changes that can be found on imaging. That doesn’t mean that is the diagnoses of the chief complaint. I have never had a clinician examine me in that fashion. Some barely touch. As a practicing veterinarian for over 45 yrs , I can attest to the abnormalities found on imaging studies that are causing absolutely no clinical signs. Back to the basics. History and Physical Exam!