Guide to making a good presentation

How it normally runs

The interviewers will begin by asking you to give your presentation. At 3 minutes, or when you finish your presentation, whichever comes first, the interviewers will stop you and start asking you questions. At 6 minutes they will stop and move on to the ethical scenario.

Target your presentation to last 2 ½ minutes. Your nerves on the day will add an extra few seconds to it.

Present one study/topic but know about 1-2 relevant studies related to it as they may be important to contextualise.

Make sure you show you know why the topic/study you chose is important: Did the study allow for the approval of the drug? Did it finally demonstrate that said intervention/treatment works/doesn’t work after many years trying? Is it an area of large unmet need?

Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the topic/study rather than simply reciting what it showed:

  • Context in which it happened: did it come after a major study that yielded unclear or unexpected results? Did it try and replicate the findings of another study so as to add to the body of evidence? Was it necessary for approval of the drug by the FDA/EMA/NICE?
  • Critically analyse the paper yourself (a topic too big to talk about here) and be prepared to talk about it
  • Importance to the speciality: is this a last resort option in an area of unmet need (eg. Bronchial valves in severe COPD)? Did it revolutionise treatments in an area, adding an entirely new field (biologics in asthma; anti-fibrotics in IPF)? Did it demonstrate what we have been trying to achieve for many years (lung cancer screening)? 
  • Other research: are there other relevant studies in that field? How do they relate to what you have presented?
  • Be clear in your presentation about why you chose the topic you chose
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