Physical Examination

Physical Examination

by Stephen Holt, MD, MS

A physical exam 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 examination 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 58


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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Provide approach of history taking
By Arnab B. on 30. July 2023 for Examination of Cardiovascular and Respiratory System

It would be helpful if you provide informations about how to differentiate between various diseases of cvs & respiratory system & how to diagnose various cases of cvs & respiratory system by history taking

Top lesson
By Matthieu Paul Bruno A. on 11. July 2023 for Examination of the Cranial Nerves VII – XII

Great lesson, a very useful summary for everyday clinical practicing.

Excellent explanation from Dr Holt
By Zakaria S. on 07. March 2023 for Special Tests in the Lung Examination

excellent explanation. one regret i have is that i should have gotten membership during the early years of my medical training. biggest regret

Cardiovascular system and Respiratory system
By Jude E. on 08. February 2023 for Examination of Cardiovascular and Respiratory System

The lecture was fascinating., it helped me with much understanding of the content. Sound and presentation awesome.