Physical Examination Videos

Editor: V. Dimov, M.D., Assistant Professor at University of Chicago

What is vocal vs. tactile fremitus? How do you check the percussion of the spleen? If you need to brush up your physical exam skills, the websites below can be very useful:

The 25 Physical Exams - Stanford University School of Medicine

Physical Exam, Interviewing Modules and Videos by the University of Virginia. This website features streaming videos in QuickTime format. - An interactive online guide to the neurologic examination

Online Physical Exam Teaching Assistant by the University of Florida College of Medicine. You can watch the videos online or download them to your hard drive.

Physical Examination Video Series by Loyola University, Chicago. This site is hosted on

UCLA Physical Exam Project. The site features standard physical exam videos plus tutorials on how to perform a pelvic exam, Pap smear and GC/Chlamydia cultures. The videos cannot be downloaded. Update 06/02/2007: This website is currently offline.

Connecticut Tutorials on Physical Examination by the UConn Health Center. This resource is similar to the websites above.

Clinical Skills Online by the St. George's University of London. The videos can be downloaded to cell phones.

There are more useful links for online medical education at the Clinical Skills Education Center of the Queen's University, Belfast. Our website is also listed there.

The Neuro Exam. This is an interactive online guide to the neurological exam with video demonstrations.

Heart and Breath Sounds - Enhance Your Physical Exam Skills

The Heart Sounds Tutorial by is a fancy flash-based simulator with animations. The McGill University Virtual Stethoscope is another useful website. Click here for more web-based teaching resources for hearts sounds from UCLA and breath sounds from Loyola University. 3M stethoscopes have their own section of Heart Sounds, and Gaston Medical Services site has the same.

There are more examples on this website: A Practical Guide to Clinical Medicine, including a Catalog of Clinical Images.

Related reading

Restoring the Lost Art of the Physical Exam - NYTimes
NEJM's Tips on Lung Auscultation, 2014
Searchable database of Clinical Examination Videos at Life in the FastLane EM blog
Physical Exam Web sites. Kindred Spirit, 2007.
Imagine: Physical Exam Can Save Lives. Dr. Wes, 08/2007.
Physical Exam: Treasure Chest. Musings of a Distractible Mind, 2008.
Online Medical Videos., 08/2008.
APDIM E-Learning Task Force: Cardiac Auscultation, Chest X-Rays, Electrocardiograms, Patient Images (Dermatology), Pulmonary Function Tests, 2009.
NLM/NIH Bookshelf - Free Medical Textbooks Adapted for Online Reading - Example: Cardiology Explained
Clinical Examination Skills with links to clinical signs. Life in the Fast Lane
The Magic of the Neuro Exam - Life in the FastLane Medical Blog, 2011.
Videos in Clinical Medicine, collected by CETL Learning, Queen Mary University of London.

Published: 01/12/2005
Updated: 07/02/2014