The Modern Physical Exam – A Transatlantic Perspective from the Resident Level

By: A. Jacobsen, Y. Khiew, S. Murphy, C. Lane, & B. Garibaldi
Submitted by Kathy Herzberger, Loma Linda School of Medicine

As someone who teaches clinical skills, I have always advocated that a hypothesis driven physical exam can improve patient/physician relationships and provide better patient outcomes. Ireland relies on high standards of physical exam skills due to their resource-limited health system. Physical exam skills in the U.S., however, have declined due to the “high-tech transformation of health care and a more litigious society”. Medical errors and physician burnout increased as physical exam declined. Reading this article validated my beliefs that teaching and assessing physical exam skills is imperative to quality patient care.

Read the full article in Teaching and Learning in Medicine here

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