Online, interactive clinical assessment skills training for students in any healthcare program at your institution — MD, DO, PA, NP, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, exercise science, and pharmacy

Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination delivers videos featuring step-by-step, head-to-toe, and systems-based physical examination techniques, as well as interactive OSCE clinical reasoning modules and new communication and interpersonal skills videos. 

Based on the Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking guidebook, this online resource maintains the book’s evidence-based origins and focuses on clinical accuracy and the range of patient types profiled in the series. 

Videos are easily accessible for any student or instructor via a single point of access on a robust, reliable online platform, which helps to standardize instruction across your institution. 

Prepare students for communications skills questions on the USMLE Step 1

Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination has now expanded its video collection to include nearly 30 brand-new videos focusing on communication and interpersonal skills, which are covered on the USMLE step 1, to train your students for better, more holistic patient care. Topics include active and attentive listening, disclosing serious news, rapport with LGBTQ adults, and more.

What makes Bates' examination techniques special for your institution?

  • Vividly recreates live patient encounters through demonstrations of step-by-step physical examination techniques
  • Enables users to move seamlessly between videos and feedback with peers and instructors

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Bates Visual Guide to Physical Examination Attentive Listening
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Active Listening
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Non-Stigmatizing Language
Bates Visual Guide to Physical Examination Guided Questions
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Guided Questioning

Why Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination?

  • Supports teaching and learning objectives with hours of narrated and closed-captioned videos
  • Prepares students for the patient encounter and board exams
  • Allows students independent, frequent viewing and testing of their clinical reasoning skills
  • Provides a resource for practitioners to review and refresh their understanding of examination techniques
  • Creates direct paths to videos from library catalog or course syllabus; enables downloading of PDF transcripts for use in teaching guides

In addition to practicing clinicians, this resource is ideal for any institution’s assessment or clinical medicine courses within medical, nursing, physician assistant, physical or occupational therapy, and pharmacy programs.

How Bates’ resources can help you prepare for teaching

  • Integrates with other resources on the Ovid® platform for easy navigation between them
  • Encourages meaningful feedback and communication between teacher and student
  • Supports institution or course-level teaching and learning objectives
  • Creates direct paths to videos from library catalog or course syllabus; enables downloading of PDF transcripts for use in teaching guides
  • Integrates seamlessly with your institution’s LMS or an instructor’s online curriculum

In addition to helping students, Bates’ supports practicing clinicians — nurses, physicians, PAs, and therapists — who need a refresher on best practices in physical assessment for their patients.

Use Bates' to prepare your students for USMLE exams and boards

  • Prepares students for board and OSCE exams that focus on patient physical assessment
  • Allows students remote, independent, and frequent viewing and testing of their clinical reasoning skills to reinforce learning and remediate when necessary
  • Promotes active learning and improves student engagement, leading to better retention of material and increased usage
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