Course Purpose:

The course purpose is to document and explain how to talk with a patient, take the history from a patient, examine a patient, formulate the findings into differential diagnoses and rank these in order of probability.


The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the methods of taking a clinical history containing all relevant information, carrying out a physical examination and a mental function assessment of patients and drawing up an initial diagnostic judgment.


  • Previous medical history (anamnesis)
  • Physical examination
  • The appearance of the patient and examining the skin
  • Examining the chest and auscultation
  • Measuring pulse, blood pressure, temperature
  • Examining the abdomen
  • Examining the limbs and the neuro-motor system
  • Introduction to complementary examinations
  • Laboratory and radiological examinations