Friday, July 10, 2015

EM Presentations 2.0

The not-so-secret "secret" of doing well on your Emergency Medicine (EM) rotations is to be able to give patient presentations the way that your supervisors want to hear them.

We have covered this in the past in a post on "The Secret to Honors", and that advice has not changed. The best way to make a good impression is with organized and focussed presentations that include a worst-first differential diagnosis and a plan appropriate to an acute care setting.  There is even a bit of literature to back-up this approach. The 3-Minute EM presentation article has been a staple of EM clerkships for years.

Some ingenious folks at the Emergency Medicine Residency Association (EMRA) and Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) have improved upon this resource with this video on Patient Presentations.  The 10 minutes invested will undoubtedly pay off on your EM rotation.


Adam Kellogg is an Associate Residency Director. When he was a Clerkship Director he gave every student a copy of the 3 Minute EM Presentation.  Some of them even read it.  

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