When you are presenting for an attending, it is important to sound organized and stay on topic. You do not want to sound sloppy to a program director or attending. Here are simple directions for a clean formal presentation.
- I typically like to start with my chief complaint which includes the age, sex, primary problem, and the duration.
- Next, move on to your history of presenting illness. Make sure to organize this in chronological order to keep the story straight in your head.
- Next, move on to your past medical history, allergies, medications, surgical history, family history, and do not forget your social history. Smoking, drinking and recreational drug use are very integral to a good presentation.
- You can then move onto your physical exam which starts with vital signs, followed by general appearance and organ based systems.
- Finally, have an organized assessment and plan. Have a few differentials in mind, and be prepared to discuss how you would test, and treat each one.
A great tip I was give was to write down your plan for the patient immediately after leaving the patient’s room, so you do not forget an important detail. I hope these tips help to perfect your presentations as much as they have mine.