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Presenting to a clinical audience

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 01 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0510376a
  1. Andrew J Diver, research registrar1
  1. 1Department of Plastic Surgery, Royal Free Hospital, London


The ability to deliver an effective presentation is an essential skill for any medical student or junior doctor. Students may be asked to present a verbal clinical summary of a patient they have just seen, or on what they have learnt from a clinical attachment or elective. Here are my tips. These tips are applicable to any form of presentation to a clinical audience from one to 100 in number:

  • Introduce yourself. Whether you are standing in front of a radiologist in an x ray department, or a nationwide annual meeting of UK radiologists, tell them who you are and where you …

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