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Use these Essentia Health Continuing Medical Education Presentation Tips based on education and communication best practices and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ requirements to plan and facilitate effective presentations.
Who are they? Why are they here? What keeps them up at night? How can you help solve their problem? What do you want them to do differently after your presentation?
“They didn’t come to your presentation to see you. They came to find out what you can do for them. Success means giving them a reason for taking their time, providing content that resonates, and ensuring it’s clear what they are to do.” - Nancy Duarte
A white or light-colored slide background with black or dark-colored text is recommended due to the nature of the majority of our meeting rooms. A simple background is best! Use a consistent background throughout the presentation.
Use easy to read font like Arial or Calibri. Use consistent size font throughout the presentation. 32+ point font for titles, 24+ point font for text, and 12+ point fonts for citations.
Remember that PowerPoint is a presentation, not documentation. Text is a reference that should include essential facts and information. Too much text on a slide detracts from the spoken message since it is difficult to listen, read and understand at the same time.
Use copyright-free pictures, graphics, images, videos as well as charts, graphs or other visual displays of data. Include a caption that states the importance of the graphic.
Essentia Health employees can utilize ClinicalKey, Clinical Key for Nursing, UpToDate, and VisualDx, all available on the Library Services home page from The Source.
Cite author, source and date on every slide where a quote, practice recommendation, data, table or image is used that was not created by you. If the material is copyrighted, you will need to secure permission to use it prior to your presentation.
List all citations in a final reference slide, with full reference information: author(s), date, title, source, publisher, volume, and page number.
Presentations must comply with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) requirements for ensuring independence in CME activities. A commercial interest is defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests - unless the provider of clinical service is owned, or controlled by, an ACCME-defined commercial interest.
If you have any questions or need assistance with presentation development/formatting, contact the CME Office at 218.786.4764 or CMEOffice3@EssentiaHealth.org