AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. February 2018, Volume 20, Number 2: 197-198.
doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2018.20.2.imhl2-1802.

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Reviewing Systems

This poster on a screening method for symptoms and their relation to population health won honorable mention in the 2017 Conley Art of Medicine Contest.

Artwork and caption by Hannah R. Abrams

Editor’s Note: Hannah R. Abrams earned honorable mention in the 2017 AMA Journal of Ethics Conley Art of Medicine Contest.


Figure 1. Detail from “Reviewing Systems,” by Hannah Abrams
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This poster was created with Pages 5.6.2.


This poster represents the experience of a clinician-in-training with a diagnostic screening method typically called “review of systems.” Although at times executing this method can feel onerous, it is intended to reveal key symptoms, promote inquiry, and enhance communication. It also sometimes generates unexpected and important insights, and that experience is conveyed here with a combination of text and images.

Hannah R. Abrams is a second-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

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The viewpoints expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.