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.
When in doubt
Required Elements of Every Physical Exam
12 Cranial Nerves
Mini Mental Examination
Head and Neck
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!