Informal Lectures

For a number of years, I taught PBL or Problem Based Learning to small groups of medical students.

The stated purpose of the class was to allow junior students (M1, M2, and M3) the opportunity to analyze a medical case, and work as a team to investigate different aspects of the patient’s problem.

I found it was also a very good way to train students in informal lecture techniques.

Each week, every student in the group was to research a specific topic related to the patient’s problem, and then present the information to the group of 8 to 10 students.

Some of these presentations could be quite elaborate, with multimedia PowerPoint slides.

The problem was, the presentation style was overcoming the content.

The other problem was that if the PowerPoint projector were ever not working, the students would generally be at a loss as to how to proceed.

After watching some of these presentations, I intervened to improve the student’s ability to present informally.

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Notes from a Medical Educator