Radiology Clerkship Basic PowerPoint Presentation

  1. Use the one-two-three approach:
    1. Tell them what you will be telling them
    2. Tell them
    3. Tell them what you have told them
  2. Use a summary slide, or detail the main teaching points at the end
  3. Most audiences can only absorb 3-4 points during a talk - FOCUS on these!!
  4. Use your slides as your notes
    1. Don’t try to use paper notes - they are hard to see in the dark, and will slow you down
    2. Put anything you would like to have on notes ON YOUR SLIDE (even in shorthand)
  5. Use color effectively
    1. DARK backgrounds work best with images (block surrounding light)
    2. DON’T switch between dark and light background (let audience get and stay dark adapted)
    3. Be sure any arrows/annotation are in a color that is VISIBLE against the image
  6. Give ATTRIBUTION of any images/diagrams, etc (web URL or reference)
  7. BE SURE ALL PATIENT INFORMATION IS REMOVED FROM EVERY IMAGE!!!!
  8. More simple slides can be covered in less time than fewer complex slides - if in doubt, break complex slides into several simpler ones
  9. Use animation/annotation to enhance your images
    1. Use cursor or laser pointer SPARINGLY
    2. It is better to animate your arrows rather than trying to point freehand
    3. Try adding outlines or more complex annotation for complex findings
  10. Crop your images to maximize the impact of the findings you are discussing
  11. Include a summary or conclusion slide at the end, both to remind YOU that the talk is over and to refresh your audience’s memory

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