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Introduction to musculoskeletal examination

Clinical examination of the musculoskeletal system has for a long time been regarded as difficult by medical students. It appears complex and until recently there has been no agreement on which skills medical students should learn by the time of their final exams.

These video clips present the findings of a national project funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign. The aim of the project was to define a core set of musculoskeletal clinical skills for the medical student to achieve by the time of final exams.

This core set of skills includes the routine screening examination called GALS, which stands for Gait Arms Legs and Spine, and also regional joint examination or REMS, which stands for Regional Examination of the Musculoskeletal System.

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Download 'Clinical assessment of the musculoskeletal system: a guide for medical students and healthcare professionals'

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