Preparation is often key to developing and delivering a successful presentation. Here we outline key questions and activities to guide your planning and preparation.
Consider your audience, their prior knowledge, and expectations.
The information you need to provide and contextualize often differs by the audience and the setting. For example, below you'll find some tips for giving a grand rounds talk and presenting at a morbitiy and mortality (M&M talk)
Consider the logistics
Have a short bio, headshot photo, and name pronunciation available on a public facing site like ORCID, LinkedIn profile or a personal web site (see University Librarian Kris Alpi's personal example below).
How do you want to handle questions? Is there a norm for that type of event, or is it up to you?
Understand whether the session will be recorded and prepare accordingly.
What will the experience be for those who do not attend live or just get the slides?
Look at the archived, online OHSU Psychiatry Grand Rounds above.
It is helpful to have observed others giving Grand Rounds-type presentations to understand the norms, formality, depth and style. Above is a list of several ongoing grand rounds and other conferences at OHSU that you can attend.
Engaging the care team that saw the case with you is an important part of the preparation for a case conference, and some of the conversations about presenting the case are also applicable to writing a case report.
Depending on the type of conference, your audience is a mixture of fellows, faculty, residents, and students, they are all here to learn from you. Questions are a gift. As you prepare, think about what questions you might be asked and be ready to answer them.
For a Grand Rounds presentation, you are typically being invited because you are very knowledgeable on the subject at hand. Build your confidence by a thorough review of the literature and being able to speak from broader experiences than your own. People often come to Grand Rounds to hear from experts on a topic and expect the latest information. Here are some additional tips:
Morbidity and Mortality Case Review or Conference
This carries a special weight for you and your fellow members of the care team. Self-care and wellness resources are also important.
Here are some resources to help you prepare:
The UAMS Guide does a great job overviewing all the steps below. If you have questions, the Library offers workshops and consultations on: