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HSC III & IV: Introduction to PBLI Presentations Assignment 11/17 & 4/12


  • There are two sessions (1-3 pm) and (3-5 pm). Come to the session to which you have been assigned.

HSC IV Important Dates

  • Articles due - April 9th at 5 pm
  • Presentations - April 12th
  • Slides due - April 12th at 5 pm


Optional Assignment Help Sessions

Both sessions will be Zoom sessions. They will be informal sessions. Zoom information an be found in AIMS.

  • Tuesday, November 10th 12-1 pm
  • Thursday, November 12th 12-1 pm

Example Videos of PBI presentations

There are links to two videos of M3 students giving PBLI presentations for PCC course. The links can be found in my lecture slides from class on September 29th.

HSC III Important Dates

  • Introduction to the Assignment: September 29th
  • In-class Optional Assignment Help Session via Zoom - October 20th
  • Optional Assignment Help Session via Zoom - November TBD
  • Presentations - November 17th
    • You will be assigned to either the morning or afternoon session.


Introduction to PBLI Assignment Instructions

HSC III & IV Introduction to PBLI Presentation Instructions:

                Choose a patient that you observed during your PACE visit. You may use the same patient for your PCM PACE synthesis assignment. Create a clinical question that is relevant to your patient. You will do a literature search and find a research article/clinical guideline (HSC IV only) to answer your clinical question. You will evaluate this article. You are not limited to this article. Other professional resources (articles, tertiary resources, clinical guidelines, etc.) may be helpful to provide background information, help with your evaluation of the literature, and your application to patient care. The evidence must be applied to the care of the patient.

Presentation Instructions:

  • Formal, oral presentation with PowerPoint or Prezi slides
  • 8-10-minute presentation with 2-3 minutes for questions
    • Practice your presentation. You will not be given additional time to complete your presentation.
  • No written submission
  • Do not include the actual name of your patient. You can provide a fake name or fake initials.
  • Wear professional attire and your white coat.
  • Upload your presentation to the room computer prior to the session beginning.
  • Email your small group leader and Professor McEwen a copy of your slides and a link to your article. You may provide your small group leader a print copy of the article if the article is not available online.
  • This a mandatory session. Any student who cannot attend the session needs to contact Professor McEwen ( to re-schedule their presentation.

Guidelines for the Presentation Slides:

  • Quickly readable (20 seconds or less)
  • Important points; not entire “script”
  • No more than 7 lines per slide
  • Large font; easily seen from back of a room

Writing the Learning Objectives for Your Presentation:

  • Statements which describe what audience will achieve as a result of the presentation
  • NOT an outline of what will cover or a list of what you as the presenter will be do

As you plan objectives, think about the answers to these questions:

  • What do you want audience to know after your presentation?
  • What do you want audience to be able to do after your presentation?
  • What do you want audience to feel after your presentation?
  • Writing Learning Objectives 
    Examples of verbs that can be used when writing your learning objectives. (see page 3)
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    Harvard Medical School

Examples of verbs include identify, understand, explain, differentiate, apply, demonstrate, predict, analyze.

Examples of learning objectives include:


  • You will focus your presentation on one research article or clinical guideline (HSC IV only).
  • You should use one or more additional resources for your presentation. Additional resources can be helpful for providing background information, evaluating of your research article, and applying the evidence to the care of your patient.
  • Additional resources can include other articles (research and review), clinical guidelines, tertiary resources, and other professional resources.    

Presentation Content:

  • Provide background information that may help your audience better understand your presentation topic.
  • Provide relevant patient information about the patient. Do not include the actual name of your patient. You can provide a fake name or fake initials.
  • Provide your clinical question.
  • Explain what resources will be needed to answer the clinical question.
  • Discuss your literature search process. Discuss what databases that were searched and what keywords, MESH, and filters used.
  • Discuss why you chose your article.
  • Summarize your article similarly to the process used in the HSC II clinical question assignment. See the rubric for additional guidance.
  • Discuss the validity of the article.  - Resources to determine the validity of an article can be found here.
  • Discuss the relevance of the article. PPICONS can be used to show the relevance of this article to your clinical question. You are not limited to using PPICONS to show the relevance.
  • Consider the following about your research article:
  • Synthesis: Consult 2-3 other resources to determine your ultimate answer for clinical question. You may choose the resources. You are not limited to journal articles. Cite these on your references slide.
  • Consider how you would discuss your findings with a clinical faculty member to improve patient care.
  • Discuss what you would say to your patient.
  • Practice your presentation. This is a timed presentation.
  • Provide a slide that has citations of the resources that you utilized for your presentation.

Self-directed Learning Assignment

  • This assignment helps the COM to meet the LCME’s self-directed education requirement.