PAM 417: Physical Diagnosis I

Course Description The first semester of a 2-semester course consisting of lecture and laboratory. The lecture component introduces the student to the concepts and techniques of medical interviewing, obtaining an accurate history, and performing a physical examination system by system. The course covers the practical terminology utilized in recording a medical history and physical examination, and in describing clinical findings associated with common pathologies seen in each system. The laboratory portion, taught in small group settings, emphasizes the hands-on skills necessary to perfect the techniques of the physical exam. Emphasis is also placed on perfecting the written history and physical. The medical Spanish self-study portion of this course is designed to provide rudimentary knowledge of the language to aid in communication when interviewing Spanish-speaking patients.
Credits 4