Surgery Consult 2: The Physical Exam

In this episode, Dr Jonathan White discusses the approach to examining the surgical patient. After listening to this episode, learners should be able to:
  • Explain the role of physical examination in the diagnostic process
  • Describe how to alleviate patients’ concerns about physical examination
  • Outline the sequence of steps in a typical physical examination
  • Describe the importance of observation, vital signs and analgesia in the physical examination
  • Describe the importance of having a systematic approach to the physical examination

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