Art of Medicine
Feb 2018

Reviewing Systems

Hannah R. Abrams
AMA J Ethics. 2018;20(2):197-198. doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2018.20.2.imhl2-1802.

Figure. Reviewing Systems 

Reviewing Systems


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.

Editor's Note

Hannah R. Abrams earned honorable mention in the 2017 AMA Journal of Ethics Conley Art of Medicine Contest.


AMA J Ethics. 2018;20(2):197-198.



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