Is the physical exam obsolete?
Left to my own devices, I would be selective about when and how much of a physical exam I do, either not at all or very detailed for just those things that can help me make the diagnosis.
I have no patience for boilerplate normal exams. Any doctor who uses the term PERRLA (pupils equal, round, reactive to light and accommodation) is probably faking it.
First, most of the time this isn’t actually tested completely and, second, even if it’s done correctly, it has no relevance in the majority of chart notes I have found it in. I have