Starting clinical rotations is an exciting — yet intimidating — time when we finally begin hands-on training to become doctors. I remember being so excited to apply the material that I had learned through lectures and flashcards to real patients; however, during my internal medicine rotation, I quickly realized there is more to medicine than examining a patient and coming up with a diagnosis.
Being able to present patients to other team members via an oral case presentation is as important as memorizing the pathophysiology of common diseases. What I did not realize was how challenging it would be to learn how to give an effective oral presentation. It was much like learning a new language — confusing, awkward and clunky. As I progressed through my clerkships, I learned practical strategies to improve my oral presentations, and I want to share these skills with other students to ease their transition into the clinical setting.
The downloadable infographic is the result of my goal to create a resource, backed by literature, from the perspective of a medical student to help other students become fluent in the “language” of oral case presentations at the start of any clerkship rotation. This resource is meant to be a reference that is easy for medical students to access, read and understand throughout their clerkship years. I hope this will help you present to your team in a formal, standardized and clear format and capitalize on the opportunity to showcase your knowledge and hard work.
Image courtesy of Elizabeth Konon