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 228
  • 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 MD 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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Great skill
By Mugurel N. on 03. February 2024 for Abdominal Wall Tenderness Test

Very interesting and very useful. Amazing everything that you teach. Thank you

Love this
By Delcina Marie . on 27. November 2023 for Examination of the Abdominal Region

I love the videos they are easy to understand and it excites me to learn to keep and carry into my career as a P. A.

Answering the Why question
By Elitsa M. on 18. November 2023 for Purpose of the Physical Exam

Very good done, and argumentative solid! Answering the Why question is left many times forgotten, but it is actually the most important start point.

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