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Preparing Resident Report

Resident report topics and styles will change throughout the year to facilitate intern learning. Try to target topics that are high yield (avoid zebras). Tricks can be to think of things that cause cognitive dissonance (salt tabs do not affect serum sodium), explore things we take for granted (Mg for torsades), highlight new changes to guidelines (newest HF or MALFD changes).


The goal is for the content to be interesting enough that the audience does most of the talking, and this often means diving deeper into just one aspect (you will not have time to explore the whole topic. Choose one or a few aspects of the 

  • Differential​ (consider going through the VINDICATE​ mnemonic or really dive into what supports and refutes each differential​)

  • Illness Script or Work-up​. Compare and contrast may be helpful here. 

  • Management Schema​

  • A diagnostic or management Algorithm​

  • Evidence Based Medicine. Important or new guidelines/Landmark trials 

  • Social Determinants of health. Ie how to adjust treatment for housing/financial insecurities 

Be Concise

  • Try to limit your presentation to 5 slides if possible (excluding title, objectives, MKSAP question). First slide is the presentation, second is the data, third is the topic of interest, fourth may be schema/diagram, fifth is your three take-home points (no new information on this slide) 

  • Be brief, use lots of pictures, minimize text. You and the audience should be the one speaking. Our goal is around 5-8 slides (not including questions)

  • Use learning objectives – these need to be specific and pertain to a case 

  • Learning objectives are a backbone for your presentation 

  • Once you have LO, you can work backwards to make your report great 

  • Specific is always better 

  • “Describe the treatment for the 5 types of pulmonary hypertension” leaves a lot to be desired, instead try something like “compare and contrast the treatment for the 5 different types of pulmonary hypertension” 

  • Have three dedicated teaching points )


Encourage Audience Participation

  • Take lots of pauses to ask questions regarding differentials, assessment statement, and treatment 

  • Use a think-pair-share model to facilitate learners to broaden their scope and be more comfortable around others (plus it kills silence and gives you time to evaluate how it’s going) 

See the Resident Report PowerPoint Template above.  

Your presentation is due to the chief email 1 week prior.
We will set up a meeting (phone/in person/teams) to review your presentation.
Then return your final product 3 days prior. 

Let your chiefs know if you have any questions so we can help you make memorable, informative, interactive reports. 

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