Podcast: Completing your abdominal examination for medical finals

In your medical finals, as with any examination in a clinical setting, you will be asked by the examiners “how would you complete the medical examination?”.

You need a simple, precise way of explaining this to your medical finals examiner. We will talk you through a simple approach for all of the abdominal organ systems in this podcast.

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“To complete my medical finals examination, I would like to examine the…

Hernial orifices
External genitalia
Digital rectal examination
Inspect observation charts
Relevant organ systems, for example peripheral vascular examination”

Notice we have not abbreviated terms, and given the medical finals examiner closure, putting the ball back in his court to ask more questions.

Remember you can listen to more podcasts, get MCQs and EMQs, watch clinical skills videos, and download ‘one minute’ revision guides in the medical finals login area of the site.

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