Last presentation in residency! My topic was on Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate and the evidence surrounding its efficacy and safety. This topic came from one of the emergency medicine doctors who was concerned with its use in emergency due to its association with intestinal necrosis and the limited evidence surrounding its efficacy. My presentation can be found here: KayexalatePresentation_May2017
Areas of improvement:
- With the help of my preceptor, I was able to improve on and work on the flow of my presentation. Some things for me to keep in mind for future presentations are to: step away from my presentation and assess if the flow would make sense for someone listening to the presentation for the first time, as well as, make sure that the evidence ties in with my approach, recommendations and summary at the end.
- Initially, my presentation was very content-heavy. It is important to regularly ask myself what I want my audience to take away from the presentation and limit any extraneous information. As discussed with my preceptor, keeping my presentation clear and concise will help reduce any pressure to speak fast. See next point.
- Keeping myself at an easy to follow pace and loud volume has been a continuous work in progress. I wish I could say that I have succeeded in doing so at the end of residency as this has been my goal for every presentation…I feel like I definitely improved on my pace in the first half of my presentation but started going faster in the second half. Hopefully, one day! I will try to embrace any opportunity to do presentations or public speaking post-residency and continue to work on pacing myself and speaking in a loud and clear voice.
- Especially when going over content-heavy slides (e.g. trials, literature review), emphasizing and bringing home key points both visually and verbally will help keep my audience engaged. I will avoid reciting information off the slide and work on highllighting key points and summarizing them concisely.