Clinical examination has been a crucial part of modern medicine. Medical students need extensive training to be proficient in making the clinical diagnosis with the help of detail history taking, relevant clinical examination and further investigations to confirm the diagnosis. A high-quality stethoscope will be essential for medical students to learn about how to perform a proper clinical examination to obtain clinical signs that will aid in making a diagnosis. When choosing the best stethoscope for medical students, one needs to consider its build, quality, cost and durability.
“A high quality stethoscope will aid young doctors making the diagnosis”
Littmann stethoscopes have been the most popular choices for medical students. For example, the Littmann Classic III stethoscope has been widely praised as the best stethoscope for medical students. It’s a simple and classic design with a diaphragm and a bell. Designed to be used with adult and paediatric patients. This classic stethoscope allows medical students to appreciate all abnormal heart sounds and chest sounds with ease. This robust quality will surely last long till your clinical years. I personally have been using the 3M littmann classic III stethoscope since my first day in medical school and this piece of tool is still so reliable after so many years. This robust piece of equipment can last you decades and still be your best arsenal when you are practising medicine.
Practice makes perfect. Since the first day in medical school, medical students would undergo years of training which include mastering the clinical skills. Picking up different heart murmurs and chest sounds still would be valuable in modern medicine, although sophisticated radiological or ultrasonographic scans are becoming widely accessible. With the help of the diaphragm and the bell, the littmann classic stethoscope certainly should let you appreciate the high and low pitch murmurs and makes your clinical examination more accurate.