TIPS FOR GIVING GREAT PRESENTATIONS IN HUMAN ANATOMY
 

TIMING: You have 10 minutes allotted for your presentation (15 minutes for any triplet dissecting teams). This time limit will be strictly enforced. You may, of course, use less time if you feel that your topic does not require the full 10 minutes.

SUBJECT MATTER: It probably requires considerably more than 10 minutes to present everything there is to know about a particular region of the body. Therefore, you should be highly selective about what you present. Start by reading the course objectives, and gear your presentation toward meeting the goals outlined in these objectives. For most topics, however, covering all of the material outlined in the course objectives would require more than 10 minutes, so you should select material for your presentation that relates the best to the structures that are clearly visible and demonstrable on your dissection.

ORGANIZATION: This is probably the most important element of your presentation. A great presentation will not consist of a series of disjointed facts recited in rapid succession. Rather, a great presentation will attempt to create a logical framework for the material to be presented, that is, to make a "story" out of it. You should organize your presentation as though you were going to use your 10 minutes to teach a naive person the most important organizational principles and facts about the region you have dissected. Practice the presentations on the non-dissecting teams at your table. A good presentation should be very helpful to your non-dissecting partners in learning the material you have already mastered while dissecting.

THE DISSECTION: Obviously, you will have an easier time demonstrating the structures and organizational principles for your region if your dissection is complete, with the structures well-exposed and well-cleaned. Remember to keep the region moistened with phenoxyethanol. It is very difficult to visualize structures in dried out material. Do not forget that the questions on the laboratory exam (midterm and final) will use your cadaver material, so you have a long term interest in making sure that your cadaver is well-dissected and well-preserved.

CRITERIA for evaluating presentations: Generally, your instructors will be paying attention to the following in evaluating your presentation: Organization of the presentation. (Did the student make sense out of the material presented?) Correctness of the facts and logic in the presentation. Correct identification of the structures demonstrated (please point carefully to the structures you want to present; do not wave your hand broadly over the cadaver and expect us to guess what you meant). Presentations should be carefully correlated to structures which are demonstrable on the cadaver. Quality of the dissection (we do take into account the quality of the cadaver you had to start with; what we expect is that you will do your best with the material you have to work with). Grading is on a scale of 0-6 with 0 being the worst and 6 being the best possible score.

DO NOT FORGET: Dissecting partners must share roughly equally in each presentation. Also the only materials to be used as visual aids in the presentations are cadavers, skeletal materials, and/or live student bodies for demonstrations of surface anatomy if you desire. (We expect you to exercise reasonable discretion as to what constitutes good taste.)

REASSURANCE: Remember, most of us know more about a topic than we can conveniently talk about in 10 minutes. We assume that you do too. The goal of your presentation is not, therefore, to demonstrate your complete repertoire of knowledge on a given subject. Rather, we hope that youcan show us that you know what is important and that you understand some of the logic of the structure and function of the human body.