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Scientific Speaker Apprenticeship Program

Published: September 29, 2015 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10229

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  • User's Guide.doc
  • Lecture Tips.doc
  • Lecture Tips with Gus Garmel.mp4
  • Mentor Evaluation Form.doc

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This is a short, focused curriculum designed to introduce young scientists to the art of lecturing. It was tested with medical residents in emergency medicine, but the principles apply to any scientific presentation. The curriculum includes brief background reading, a video lecture about giving presentations hosted by a well-respected emergency medicine lecturer, and instructions for mentorship by other faculty, all in preparation for the trainee to give a lecture at a conference with the faculty mentor. Feedback from the faculty mentors, resident participants, and resident audience members was positive. This curriculum provides a structured way to permit a trainee to succeed early on the lecture circuit in a safe yet live environment. All nine faculty mentors reported in a post-implementation survey that they would recommend this program to their residents and faculty colleagues. The resident participants also unanimously reported in a separate survey that they would recommend this program to their trainee colleagues. They further reported that both the preparatory lecture on lecturing and the mentorship generally aided both content and delivery of their lectures. A focus group with the audience found positive feedback as well. The group’s consensus was that the residents brought a helpful perspective to the lectures.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Understand the central components of quality presentation techniques and discuss the techniques at length with a mentor.
  2. Create the introduction to a formal presentation.
  3. Deliver the introduction to a formal presentation.

Author Information

  • Andrew Phillips, MD, MEd: Stanford University School of Medicine
  • David Diller, MD: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
  • Gus Garmel, MD: Stanford University School of Medicine/The Permanente Medical Group

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Kern DE, Thomas PA, Hughes MT, eds. Curriculum Development for Medical Education: A Six-Step Approach. 2nd ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2009.


Phillips A, Diller D, Garmel G. Scientific speaker apprenticeship program. MedEdPORTAL. 2015;11:10229. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10229