A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com.
The recent uproar over the American College of Physicians’ recommendation against routine pelvic examinations made me think about the status of the annual visit (a.k.a. yearly physical, annual exam) on average risk, asymptomatic adults that most internal medicine specialists perform. Some would say that it is at the core of what we do, given its focus on prevention and relationship building between patient and physician. Nonetheless, I think that our day of reckoning is not far off.
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