Physical Diagnosis Interest Group (PDxIG)


The Physical Diagnosis Interest Group was founded in 2015 by a team of Duke students and faculty members with a shared goal of facilitating the development of an intellectual approach to physical diagnosis for first year medical students. The Physical Diagnosis Interest Group offers students opportunities to participate in large group, mentored, physical examination practice sessions in the Clinical Skills Lab as well as small group, patient-centered rounding and teaching on the wards. All students who attend either large or small group sessions are provided with individualized feedback regarding the accuracy, consistency, and completeness of their examination technique, documentation of pertinent findings, and presentation skills.



Students who participate in the interest group will….

1. Improve physical examination skills through observation, practice, and repetition.

2. Consistently recognize and accurately describe abnormal physical exam findings associated with specific pathological processes.

3. Generate a targeted differential for common physical examination findings.

4. Integrate the physical examination with the medical history, laboratory data, and imaging to better understand the diagnostic process.

5. Build confidence and familiarity with bedside rounds and (as we get closer to the end of the MS1 year) oral presentations.

6. Interact with not only adult but also pediatric patients, enabling students to learn and practice physical examination in a pediatric setting.



Dr John K. Roberts, MD

Dan Loriaux, MS3+

Leslie Chang, GS1

Keith Vandusen, MS1

Isaac Bleicher, MS1



For questions about the group, please email