Reviving the medical lecture: practical tips for delivering effective lectures

Monica W. Harbell, Patricia S. O’Sullivan

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Large group lectures, which are widely used in continuing medical education, are susceptible to pitfalls that can negatively impact their effectiveness. In this article, we describe evidence-based best practices from the educational literature that can revive the medical lecture as an effective educational tool. We provide practical tips for both developing and delivering lectures, emphasizing the key role that learning objectives can and should have in the development of lectures, the importance of organization, effective use of visuals and application of restraint in slide design. Pause techniques to authentically engage the audience are described. We also provide practical tips for promoting attention in virtual presentations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103401
JournalRegional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
StatePublished - May 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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