Learning module: The skin exam

Goals and objectives

The purpose of this module is to help medical students develop a systematic approach to the skin exam and highlight the importance of examining the entire cutaneous surface.

After completing this module, the learner should be able to:
  • Discuss the key questions that make up a dermatologic history.
  • Explain the indications for a total body skin exam.
  • Recognize the need for patient comfort and modesty during this examination.
  • List the tools that can improve the quality of your skin examination.
  • Develop a systematic approach to the total-body skin exam.

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