Throughout your professional career you may be asked to present a number of ideas and cases for discussion in a variety of different formats. This can be a daunting task and knowing your audience is key to the success of the presentation. Articulating the key points of your topic is essential for the audience to understand and comprehend the purpose of the presentation.
Once you have your presentation title/scope it is essential that you do your research around the topic. Collating your ideas before writing the presentation will help with subject content and focus. It is also essential to think about the audience from the get-go to ensure the language used is appropriate. Once your thoughts have been collated, key points can be teased out to home in on specific points that need to be on each slide.
The aim of a case presentation is to assess clinical judgement in clinical cases. The discussion is based around the actual case and not hypothetical events and the assessor will ask questions to elicit evidence of competence within the clinical area. The case presentations should evolve in complexity over time to reflect development in your professional practice.
Before you present your case, think about the delivery and environment as this will influence how you present:
Data gathering of the case is essential, especially accessing medical notes in a timely manner. Setting the scene for others is integral here as the patient case may not be familiar to the audience. Think about what are the issues raised in this case and what conflicts are you trying to resolve. Discuss why you found it difficult/challenging?
A useful acronym SOAP, can help with the structure and organisation of your case presentation. Subjective Objective Assessment Plan: