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Cranial Nerve Exams
Upper Limb Exam
Lower Limb Exam
Diabetic Foot Exam
Clinical Breast Exam
On the day of your exam (and in real life practice), the examination your perform won't be limited to JUST one body part (e.g. neck exam).
When you're asked to perform a 'focused' physical exam on a patient, that means, given the limited time you have, your need to prioritize your examination based on the most important/relevant aspects as per the case.
In other words, if your patient has abdominal pain, it would be best to quickly start with the abdominal examination and then finish off with what we like to call a "high level" screening of the overall individual (which you'll cover in class).
Additionally don't forget to mention to the examiner that you'd also like to examine ...'1-UP-1-DOWN' if time permits or for the sake of thoroughness and completeness. In other words, mention the next closest body parts above and below your current examination site. E.G. If' your'e examining the elbow, then mention that you'd also like to examine the shoulder and the hand/wrist too (although you don't have to perform it).
Is there a 'Right Way' to do each exam?
There is no "RIGHT" way - because we all went to different medical schools around the world - even within Canada, different medical schools teach their students differently. But just make sure you're thorough. And more importantly, LOOK CONFIDENT when you're performing the examination. That includes "talking-out-loud" during the case.
Remember, when you were little and your parents told you to 'think before you speak'? Well - on these EXAMS, you can throw that logic out the window! SPEAK WHAT YOU'RE THINKING
In a time pressure situation, you don't have the luxury of 'collecting your thoughts' so when you get a physical examination station on your OSCE --> SPEAK YOUR MIND!!!
Now, you're probably thinking 'There's so many different techniques and exam videos for each body part. Which one is right?'
The purpose of these videos is to help you familiarize yourself with all the various techniques. Feel free to take your own notes and come up with a work flow that makes sense for you. We'll put everything together in class!