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Presenting at Medical Meetings
Authors:  Jim A. Reekers
Pages:  92  Soft Cover
ISBN 13:
Springer-Verlag  2011
List Price:  $29.95

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     Presenting at Medical Meetings is a brief guidebook filled with high impact advice for physicians or any professionals finding themselves in the position of speaking at scientific meetings.  The author draws from his experiences as both presenter and audience member to not only give great presentation tips for those about to take center stage but also to orient the novice conference attendee to the “culture” of medical conferences.  At first glance this may sound like a dry topic that has been well published over the years and seemingly deplete of fresh ideas since the introduction of PowerPoint.  After all, we all know that eye contact with the audience is important and “practice makes perfect”.  There is even mention in the preface that the majority of communication skills discussed could be found in various marketing and communication texts.  However, in this short book, Dr. Reeks shows the reader that there are still a few tricks of the trade and situations that most presenters don’t fully consider before agreeing to and presenting their information.
     Far from being a boring read, Presenting at Medical Meetings is actually quite entertaining as the author shares a multitude of humorous anecdotes and perspectives that nonetheless are informative and will make the reader examine their presentation and all-around communication skills much closer than ever before.  By following the detailed advice outlined in the text, the reader will surely find that their investment of time and money spent on conference attendance, no matter what level of participation, will payoff greatly. 
     The tips and perspectives shared in this book will hopefully reach a broad audience of not only medical professionals but also graduate and advanced undergraduate students in a variety of disciplines. 

Ratings (1-4 , 4 being the highest):

Organization of information:    3.5

Usefulness of book:     3

Suitable for intended audience:    4

Author’s objectives met:      4

Significant number of illustrations:     n/a

Quality of illustrations:    n/a


Lectures on scientific data, educational lectures, and the various other forms of oral presentation are the basis for every medical meeting. Physicians are not professionally trained in giving lectures. This becomes very obvious when you visit a medical meeting. Often the message of the presentation is lost because of poor preparation, slides that fail to communicate effectively, and a generally unconvincing performance by the lecturer. To give a high-quality lecture that will be remembered for its content and form, one first has to learn some basic rules about preparation, PowerPoint slides, and oral communication. After reading this book you will be able to overcome all the common presentation mistakes and to start a new career as a professional lecturer and esteemed faculty member.

Table of Contents:

How to prepare.-How to make better medical powerpoint presentations.-How to become a professional speaker.-Workshops and other lectures.-The social medical enviroment.-Tips and tricks.

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