Performing a physical exam on frightened pediatric patients can often be challenging. I am always thrilled to add more child-whisperer techniques to my arsenal of tricks. I have written in the past about:

What’s your trick on performing an otoscope exam of the ears?

Trick of the Trade

The case of the disappearing otoscope “hat”

A slight of hand can easily make the otoscope speculum disappear. Your apparent search for this missing “hat” can make it easier for you to examine the ears.

Thanks to Dr. Chris Nickson (Life in the Fast Lane) for the find!

Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Michelle Lin, MD


Professor of Emerg Med at UCSF-Zuckerberg SF General. ALiEM Founder @aliemteam #PostitPearls at Bio:
Michelle Lin, MD