Teaching Heart Sounds to Health ProfessionalsTeaching Heart Sounds to Health Professionals

Cardiac Sound assessment with AI in 2023

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Cannot Replace Human Auscultation Skills

Contributed by Robert P-C Chen MD FRCPC
Pediatric Cardiologist, IWK Children’s Hospital, Halifax, NS

Pediatric Heart Murmur Recognition Program

This Heart Murmur Recognition Program is designed to teach you to distinguish between the normal, vibrating murmur and the abnormal, more harsh sounding murmur, by listening to many examples and comparing them with each other.

7 Adult Cases : Heart Auscultation Quiz

This series of cases provides the listener with diagnostic exercises to integrate history and physical with a detailed analysis of the heart sounds and arrive at a diagnosis.

Many are congenital heart disease but are common diagnoses and also suitable for learning adult presentation of these conditions.

The recordings are of good quality from live subjects.

9 Pediatric Cases: Heart Auscultation Quiz

Updated Online Edition

Auscultation remains one of the basic skills of physical examination, providing important evidence of cardiovascular health or disease. Why then is it so poorly performed by practitioners, residents and trainees? Unfortunately, the teaching of this skill is often ineffective.

This 2019 revised Online edition includes updated chapters on:

The Online version has been supported by a special grant from the Department of Paediatrics, Dalhousie University.

First published in 2011, Teaching Heart Auscultation to Health Professionals is “a call to action with respect to teaching” (Dr. John Moore, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego). The eight contributing authors outline new, evidence based methods for teaching which can improve proficiency with the stethoscope by making teaching more effective and focussed.

Contributing Editor:
John P. Finley, MD, CM
Professor, Pediatrics, Dalhousie University,
Pediatric Cardiologist, IWK Health Centre,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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200 Years of the Stethoscope


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