18AugHow to Perform Physical Exams #EngineerInTheWards
The majority of my Intro to Clinical Medicine course (HST 201M) this summer was dedicated to learning how to perform various physical exams*. We percussed and auscultated, inspected and palpated every part of the body. To prepare for our test at the end of the summer, I made a checklist for every physical exam we learned. I thought I'd share these checklists in case they are useful to medical students, future MEMP students like myself, or anyone with an interest in learning about how physicians examine different parts of the body. *read about my views on the validity of physical exams here. Sample physical exam checklist. Click here or on the image to see the complete 25-page document. Table of Contents Introduction When in doubt Required Elements of Every Physical Exam General Inspection Vitals 12 Cranial Nerves Neurology Exam Mini Mental Examination Head and Neck Thyroid Pulmonary Cardiovascular Exam Abdomen Ears Eye Exam Hand Examination Extras Good places to learn physical exams When there is a symptom… Recommended Medical/Clinical References Photos of our class practicing physical examination skills on each other (or ourselves). Sometimes we were goofballs and sometimes we got things right. As always, let me know if you find any mistakes in this content or have suggestions for improvement. Thanks!