Observed Physical Examination
Physical exam skills are the one thing that cannot be self-taught very well. It requires someone experienced to confirm or refute your findings. Thus, it is important to make sure someone experienced observes you perform a complete physical examination. Clearly the more times you are observed, the better. The physical exam evaluation form is something for you to print out and give to the faculty member(s) or resident(s) who observe you to help them provide you with more specific and constructive feedback.
You do not need to submit the actual evaluation form. It is preferable that you summarize what you learned. Make sure to include the name of the person who observed you and how they rated your performance. Comment specifically on your strengths, weaknesses, and the next step(s) you plan to take to improve your skills.
See the evaluation form.