The first year (Phase I) curriculum involves learning how to perform a physical exam on a healthy adult. The sessions are held at the state of the art simulation center (CAPE), where the class is divided into small groups to work with standardized physical exam teaching assistants (SPETAs), under the supervision of the simulation center professionals and course directors.
Normal Physical Exam
The physical exam sessions are divided by organ systems and are taught in conjunction with the musculoskeletal block. Students correlate the physical exam maneuvers with the anatomy learned during dissection laboratories. Students are provided checklists, study guides, learning objectives and a reading assignment from Bates’ Guide to Physical Exam and History Taking for each session.
- Vital Sign
- Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Exam
- Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Exam
- Head and Neck
Abnormal Physical Exam
Once the physical exam is mastered on the healthy adult, first year student begin learning how to identify and describe abnormal findings. The abnormal physical exam sessions are designed to demonstrate the abnormal physical exam findings associated with the disease and pathophysiology that the students are learning about in their didactic and small group sessions. Most of the sessions are taught is small groups, facilitated by attending faculty and residents. Most of these sessions are performed on real patients, and students are encouraged to use their clinical reasoning skills to perform an appropriate and focused exam.
- Skin, Hair and Nails