Implementation of history and physical exam videos in PA programs
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Davis, A.; Maxwell, T.; Reichert, G.; Ziegenhirt, C. 2021. Implementation of history and physical exam videos in PA programs -- In Proceedings: 17th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University
History and physical (H&P) exam are the bedrock of clinical medicine. Eliciting the appropriate history and doing the correct physical exam are essential to diagnosing illness and caring for patients. History and exam can also help you set a positive therapeutic tone for the interaction and for the patient-provider relationship for years to come. Countless students every year will be attempting to learn these skills in medical school, nurse practitioner (NP), and physician assistant (PA) programs across the country. True competence in these skills is very difficult to achieve and requires many hours of practice on real patients. Students can learn the signs of appendicitis from a book, but to learn how to effectively ask historical questions and perform specific maneuvers, students must get practical experience. To bridge this gap in practical experience and knowledge, schools must find other ways to help students understand history and physical techniques. One way to assist new clinicians acquire these abilities is to use videos as part of the curriculum. Many students turn to public online video sites like YouTube to find useful videos on this medical subject, but this has its own issues. One study found that out of 1,920 YouTube videos found on a search for cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical exams, less than ten of each type were found to have useful information. So, while video resources are valuable, they can be difficult to find and even more difficult to trust as evidence based. Our project is to create these educational videos to help future students with this crucial step in the clinical process.
Presented to the 17th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held online, Wichita State University, April 2, 2021.
Research completed in the Department of Physician Assistant, College of Health Professions