Han is a third year Emergency Medicine resident who can’t stand PowerPoint. Every Tuesday, he attends his full academic day from 0900-1700. Almost every lecture is a didactic PowerPoint presentation, and after a few minutes of each presentation his mind starts to wander and he finds the learning style tends to be passive, which tends to be low-yield. Surely all these smart residents can engage their audiences better!
Despite (some) appearances to the contrary, there are many ways to deliver lecture material in Emergency Medicine. This Feature Educational Innovation (FEI), titled “Presentation to peers: above and beyond the Power Point lecture. Experiential approach to different teaching methods by residents in emergency medicine” was originally posted by the CAEP EWG FEI Team on December 15, 2015 and answers the question: “How can we expose and engage our residents to novel teaching strategies?” A PDF version is available here.
Description of the Innovation
Figure 1: Physical organization of the classroom to encourage a debate style discussion.
What are ways that your institution has tried to break up lecture fatigue? What are common pitfalls of PowerPoint lectures and how can we mitigate them?
More About the CAEP FEI
This post was originally authored for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Feature Educational Innovations project sponsored by the CAEP Academic Section’s Education Working Group and edited by Drs. Teresa Chan and Julien Poitras. CAEP members receive FEI each month in the CAEP Communiqué. CanadiEM will be reposting some of these summaries, along with a case/contextualizing concept to highlight some recent medical education literature that is relevant to our nation’s teachers. [bg_faq_end]