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Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination: About


Bates’ Visual Guide delivers head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination techniques for the (Advanced) Assessment or Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. The site features more than 8 hours of video content.

Students and faculty in medical and related programs will appreciate the careful attention to clinical accuracy, as well as the range of patient types profiled in the series. Users can view the videos from any web-based location or device.

Lynn Bickley, MD, author of Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, serves as advisor to the project, ensuring the clinical content and its evidence-based origins are maintained. Dr. Bickley also worked with the professionals and actors herein to present a “patient-first” approach to the physical exam.

When paired with the Bates’ text, Bates’ Visual Guide serves as a complete learning solution for assessment instruction and student preparedness for the boards and the patient encounter.

Physical Exam Videos

Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination offers 18 Volumes of videos.



You can watch the entire volume or skip to a chapter of interest.


OSCE Clinical Skills Videos

Bates' Visual Guide offers 15 videos designed to help in preparation for Objective Structured Clinical Examinations.  These videos provide clinical situations with questions and answers that facilitate your development of assessment or differential diagnosis.


Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Recently Added Content: Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Combined, these 27 videos present the fundamental interpersonal and communication techniques most often demonstrated in clinical encounters and have a strong focus on diversity and inclusion. They include approaches for patients who identify as LGBTQIA+, persons with physical disabilities, and diverse populations throughout the life cycle.   Students and new clinicians will also learn how to broach sensitive subjects and disclose difficult news.  Communication and Interpersonal Skills Videos


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