Anno Accademico 2023/2024

  • Docente: Fabio Piscaglia
  • Crediti formativi: 1
  • SSD: MED/09
  • Lingua di insegnamento: Inglese
  • Modalità didattica: Convenzionale - Lezioni in presenza
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 9210)

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

Describe the basic elements of the physical examination and instrument-assisted evaluation, and recognize normal results.


Introduction on history taking.

How to set the appropriate enviroment for history taking, how to conduct the interview.

General approach to physical exam

Proper adjustment of patient attire during physical examination

Abdominal exam

  • Inspection and palpation
  • Percussion, Auscultation
  • Abnormal adbominal sounds

Ultrasound anatomy (with live or prerecorded demonstrations, depending on the rules set in connection the COVID pandemic) of the abdominal cavity to the aim of correlating symptoms with organs of origin.

Semiology of basic ultrasound of the abdomen

Pharinx and oral cavity

Extraabdominal irradiating symptoms of abdominal diseases

Physical examination of the groin


Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking 12th Edition (available either as printed copy or as ebook format)

Metodi didattici

Frontal lessons

Live or Prerecorded (pending the technical possibilities) demonstration of ultrasound of the abdomen and neck to improve the knowledge about correlations between organs and topography of the symptoms

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

Oral examinations either in class

Final marks will be up to 30 cum laude for this part of the Exam, but the results of this test will contribute only as a part to the final exam.


The exam of the integrated course consists in fact of 4 tests:

1 about Biochemistry

1 about Semeiotics

1 about Anatomy

1 about Physiology.


Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Slides will be avaialble.

Ultrasound live demonstrations during the frontal lessons

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Fabio Piscaglia