Reviving the medical lecture: Practical tips for delivering effective lectures-an infographic

Rajnish K. Gupta, Monica Harbell, Eric S. Schwenk

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Modern educational techniques can help improve both the development and delivery of medical presentations, deviating away from text heavy slides that do not engage the audience. In this visual abstract, we summarize the nine key points that Harbell and O'Sullivan recommend to create and deliver a more effective medical lecture.1 At the core of the creation process is the development of actionable learning objectives that are presented as a concise story that includes the audience in the problem-solving process. The lecturer should use visual elements that enhance the message rather than relying on text as a crutch. During the actual presentation, the speaker should remain the primary focus which requires effective use of voice and body language, careful timing, lots of practice, and intentional engagement with the audience. Using well-designed slides with purposeful presentation techniques, we can expect future medical lectures, whether from the podium or on teleconferencing, to be more concise, interactive, and memorable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342
Number of pages1
JournalRegional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2022


  • chronic pain
  • education
  • outcomes
  • regional anesthesia
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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