Students are expected to present a patient (5 mins.) to the
whole class. The facilitator will ask the student to demonstrate:
“take a migraine history, show me the reflex exam, what
is the differential, how do you order that test, etc.”
It is unfortunate that students are rarely if ever observed
doing these activities on a busy ward, and yet, the ward team
may rely on the student's information when making medical
decisions. The goals of this format are to make students comfortable
with oral presentation, critique the presentation, make sure
the exam is done correctly, and to be a lead-in to further
didactics, discussion and "neurology pearls."
Students are required to pick one topic for presentation
to the group. Because of the number of students in each block,
the topic will need to be synthesized into a presentation
limited to 15 minutes. Handouts are not necessary. Grading
is Pass/Fail. Not doing a topic or making it up are essentially
the only ways to fail.
Away students: Email your presentation
to Dr. Kraus (in PowerPoint, PDF or Word format) by 1PM Pacific
time on the final Thursday of the course. Arrange time in
the last week to present your topic to the site preceptor(s).
- Choose a topic based on a patient you have seen in the
first two weeks.
- Don't try to cover too much. For example, the patient
may have multiple sclerosis. Read in depth about MS but
choose only one aspect of MS to report on (e.g., disease
modifying drugs, treatment of fatigue, bladder dysfunction,
- Most students put together a Powerpoint presentation.
- Oral presentations should start with a 1-2 sentence case
summary. Pick the most important information to deliver
to your colleagues.
- Please practice the oral presentation for time. It is
common to underestimate time.