Medscape Article Highlights Need for Physical Exam Training & Assessment
A new Medscape commentary, authored by Stanford 25 faculty Abraham Verghese, Jeff Chi, Poonam Hosamani, & colleague Andrew Elder, explains that "in clinical practice, recognizing something abnormal in the physical examination … is vital to patient safety & outcomes."
As the article states, "Assessment drives learning. Systematic teaching coupled with robust assessment are time-honored and proven ways of learning physical examination skills and improving diagnostic acumen."
Humility is an underappreciated skill in a time of global budgets, evidenced based approaches, and cost-containment. The bright, well-read, talented medical students who may lack humility are not uncommon.
Patient-centered care is an important aspect of the National Strategy for Quality Improvement on Health Care. As such, healthcare institutions are strongly focusing on the patient-physician relationship and the patient experience.
The editor-in-chief of Medscape, Dr. Eric Topol, visited Stanford to sit down and do an interview with our Dr. Vergese for the Medscape One-on-One online video series.
Peter Conrad, a sociologist at Brandeis University, spoke of the rise and fall of the medical authority in the doctor patient office encounter in his many scholarly articles. With the internet becoming the “elephant in the doctor’s office,” the dynamic of medical authority has certainly changed…