Dr. Lawrence Cohen from the Yale University School of Medicine moderated the topic "Modern Technology Has Not Replaced the Cardiac Physical Exam," with Drs. Jeffrey S. Borer from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, and John Michael Criley from the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA participating.
The discussion focused primarily on:
(1) the importance of a physical bedside cardiac exam, patient history and clinical evaluation for a cost effective and accurate diagnosis,
(2) the role of modern imaging technologies in supplementing the bedside cardiac exam,
(3) the dearth of effective teaching in medical school of a physical examination for a cardiovascular patient, and
(4) the role simulation labs, virtual patient exams and mannequins in learning cardiac auscultation.