Presentation skills in medical career

Medical field is a field where we’re constantly judged. And its not unfair, we must be competent or else we would not qualify to provide healthcare. The sky is the limit in the medical field, the tree of possibilities that flow are endless. And everyone involved has a passion they pursue and dedicate as much time as possible. This makes being passive in medicine a definite drawback. We must always be climbing, be driven, and appreciative but not complacent with what we have. Or so is the mindset we soon learn to adopt once we step into the field. This is an old tradition and best followed than revolted against. You need to make sure you’re not left behind. Let’s start with the importance of learning to present.

  1. Grasp of knowledge

There’s not doubt about it. Once you speak on a topic with fluency, it is understood that your knowledge on the topic is thorough. Having a grasp of such kind is to be experienced. Quite like this diagram, a grasp on a subject means you can interact with it beyond struggling to understand it.

True knowledge does not make you arrogant that you know more than others, it humbles you to the fact that there is so much to know. The beauty lies in sparking curiosity about your subject, and the reward lies in transferring that knowledge to others with the same delight that you feel. That’s where presentations become your agency.

2. Speaking with conviction

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There will come a point where you’ll realize that if you don’t speak with conviction, your audience will not listen to you. It could be the most interesting topic ever, and you might botch it if you don’t speak from your core. A few presentations in, it will become perfectly clear that pretending to be a good presenter will not work. You will need to integrate it into your personality. With this, you’ll be blessed with a character that dispenses ideas with ease.

Now, in the presentation hall or outside, conveying your message with confidence will be a part of you. This is personal growth, these are invaluable nugs that belong in the skill-set of a complete medical practitioner worthy of being part of a team

3. Creative Spark

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Think about this for a second:

“Creativity is reserved for artists and I am just here to do my job”

“I’m proactive in my job and I learnt to be creative to embolden my presence in the workplace”

Which one sounded better?

When synthesizing a presentation, the question arises, why should someone care what you’re talking about? That thought can be taken and transferred to where the dollar counts. Why should anyone care who you are? Does not matter if you’re a trainee on the team, higher up on the pecking order, or in a secondary role-everyone is wondering who you are, and before the audience gets bored, apply the skills you have learnt to show exactly who you are and why you matter. This is where presenting helps. You can orate to a crowd of people and before long you’ll know what works. What words match your face, what makes a good combination, a welcomed and suitable expression of yourself that people will willingly pay attention to? These are the micro-lessons that you learn, which other people don’t care for. When you ask how? can I make this/ myself interesting, you’re tickling that creativity neuron.

Experience counts everywhere. It has worth. Gain experience presenting medical presentations, public health proposals, journal reviews, etc. and you will win at games your colleagues didn’t know were worth playing. Go for it.

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