- Alpert JS.
- Alpert JS.
- Zhornitskiy A
- Nguyen A
- Kaunitz JD.
- 1.On your computer, find the Microsoft Office program icons, and click on the red icon marked “P” to open the PowerPoint program. You will be greeted with “Good afternoon,” below which is a row of “New” presentation styles. Choose the first icon which is colorless. Ignore the other presentation styles which are usually inappropriate for a medical presentation.
- 2.Click on the colorless “Blank Presentation” and a Title slide appears and a smaller version of the same slide appears in a narrow vertical column on the left.
- 3.The first slide is labeled “Click to add title.” This slide has blank placeholders for the presentation Title, followed by a line for the authors’ name, then a line for the author's organization. Use a common font, e.g., Arial, with font sizes about 44 for the title and about 36 for the author, and a smaller font size for their institution.
- 4.On the large horizontal screen above, click on “New Slide.” Several slide formats appear. Choose the second format “Title and Content.” A new slide appears with placeholders for the individual slide title and for content text below. Use about a bold 36-size font for the slide title, and a 32-size font for the content text below. Limit the content text to 4 to 6 lines with under 10 words per line. You can elaborate on the slide content during your oral presentation.
- 5.Slides with text and images often enhance communication. To create such slides, return to the left vertical column, copy the previous Text and Content slide, and create a new slide with a place for text and a place for an image. On this slide, narrow the text place holder width to about 50% to provide a space to insert previously copied tables, images, radiographs, blood smears, etc.
- 6.To show larger images e.g., maps, tables, etc., click on New Slide again. On this slide, delete the place holder entirely and insert the image, Be sure images with text are easily readable. Avoid including complex algorithms or graphs that often take a whole page of a journal document and cannot be easily read on one PPT slide.
- 7.Save this slide collection as “My Master PowerPoint Template” to use to create new presentations.
- 8.Now, you are be ready to create new PowerPoint presentations with simple black text on a white background, which is what we see in medical journals. Create presentations that are appropriate for your audience, e.g., medical students, residents, or generalists. Make liberal use of PowerPoint slides with images. Encourage audience participation during your presentation. Finish with a summary slide followed by time for audience comments and questions. No one will complain if you finish early.
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