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Hot off the press: Improving medical student presentations in the ED

Posted Oct 13 2009 10:06pm

The EM-RAP Educator's Edition podcast just released its 6th podcast episode. Dr. Rob Rogers et al discuss practical tips and approaches to giving feedback on medical student presentations. Presentations in the ED are very different from those in other specialties, such as internal medicine and surgery. The discussants dissect and comment on parts of the presentation.

The comical examples of less-than-perfect presentations alone make the podcast worth listening to! Some of them made me feel like the photo below. This was an out-take picture of Dr. Esther Choo and Nick Johnson (UCSF medical student) during a video shoot that we did teaching how to give good feedback.

While we often recognize when a presentation is poor, it is very difficult to concisely describe what was wrong and to give constructive student feedback. This podcast provides some useful, practical examples.

Some topics discussed:
  • Giving some positive feedback
  • Do you interrupt the student mid-presentation to make comments or corrections?
  • Dealing with a difficult patient
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