Family Medicine Physical Exam Competencies: The Skin Exam

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the appearance of skin lesions
  2. Describe the configuration of skin lesions
  3. Diagnose and treat common skin conditions

Teaching Points:

  1. Obtain adequate exposure for appropriate evaluation of skin
  2. Check all skin with particular attention to places not easily seen by patient (scalp, neck, back, back of legs, feet and toes)
  3. View from a distance in order to appreciate general distribution of lesions or skin condition
  4. Be alert to red flags link to red flags (ABCDE of melanoma, non-healing skin lesions in patients with risk for malignancy)

Configuration of Skin Lesions

Nomenclature of Skin Lesions:

Primary lesions:

Secondary lesions:

Other Resources

Module 6 : Teaching the "Family Medicine Clinical Competencies"