Background: The role of physician has changed, we are now entrusted with the responsibility of being community leaders. There is an obligation as physicians to speak out for the rights of our patients. Being part of emergency medicine should include being active in our community and presenting in public forums. It is our responsibility as educators to train our residents to become better presenters. Currently, we have no formal curriculum to teach residents presentation skills.
Objective: The program aims to (1) evaluate and improve residents’ ability to design and deliver an effective presentation to their peers (2) give more opportunities to practice (3) learn how to critically evaluate a presentation (4) learn to provide meaningful peer evaluation.
Methods: Learners include 48 EM residents in a single residency program, all participated in a 1-hour lecture on presentation skills. “6 in 60” are weekly meetings where 6 residents give 7-minute presentations from a list of EM topics. The audience completes a standardized evaluation to track individual improvement. Each presentation is recorded and the individual is asked to review their video and complete a self-evaluation and discuss with the facilitator skills they wish to improve.
Outcome: This curriculum is in the early stage of data collection, with preliminary conclusions to be drawn at the completion of this academic year. The implementation of this project has been an iterative process with improvements made based on resident feedback. We hope to show that with the improvement of presentation skills, and confidence of presenters we will see at an organization level more residents being accepted into national conferences.