Duke Heart Center/DCRI Fellows' Presentation Skills Course

Dates: February 17-18, 2018

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center, 2102 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27705, 919-286-0774 (Map)

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Course Directors:
Andrew Wang, MD
Sunil Rao, MD
Tracy Wang, MD

Program Description:
This innovative 1.5-day course will be offered to nominated and selected 2nd, 3rd, or advanced year cardiology fellows from fellowship programs across the United States, and will provide essential training, advice and direct, individual feedback in oral and written presentation skills. In addition, the integration of these skills with career development will be presented. These skills are powerful tools for fellows in their careers, whether their careers move into academic, practice, administrative or industry positions. The ability to deliver effective communication in speaking and writing differentiates leaders in the field of cardiology.  

Learning Objectives:

  • To improve the effectiveness of cardiology fellows in oral and written presentations.
  • To increase the confidence of cardiology fellows in these skills toward pursuit of academic work in their careers.
  • To inform fellows of opportunities for using communication skills for career advancement and broader impact.

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Important Dates:
December 4, 2017 – application deadline
December 15, 2017 – admission decisions sent via email
December 30, 2017 – deadline to confirm enrollment

For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Wang at a.wang@dm.duke.edu.

Travel Information:
Our course will cover lodging costs at the Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center, as well as meals provided during program hours. Travel costs (flight, ground transportation, parking, etc.) should be covered by the participant or by their fellowship program. RDU International Airport is the closest airport to Durham, N.C. 

Testimonials from Past Participants

  • I feel more confident after attending the course.
  • Excellent course with specific, individual feedback for improving my skills in addition to general advice. Great networking and altogether enjoyable experience. Highly recommend!
  • The DCRI Fellows' Course was an amazing opportunity. In addition to learning important presentation and abstract-writing skills, we were able to review the videos of our own presentations. We received valuable and insightful pearls from all the faculty members on how to excel as academic cardiologists, in a more intimate setting compared to national scientific meetings. In addition, the dinner allowed us to network with other fellows who were excited about academic cardiology. Through this course, several fellows from different institutions and I have decided to collaborate on future research investigations. Thank you for inviting me to this amazing course!
  • This taught me the principles of effective presentation and then gave me an opportunity to practice a talk and receive feedback.  Additionally, it provided an opportunity to network with other fellows from around the country and ask the course faculty for career advice.
  • Fantastic faculty. Pertinent topics and discussion, with minimal "fluff." Feedback is sincere and direct.
  • Great course, direct and relevant comments, very practical to what we need to know.
  • This course offered a high-yield and condensed experience. These were the following key strengths: 1. The conference environment embodied 'psychological safety.'  2. Clear, direct feedback on how to improve presentation visual and verbal skills 3. Various career advancement opportunities mentioned: NCDR committee, AHA subcommittees, ACC subcommittees 4. Specific recommendations on how to improve career networking.
  • Feedback from colleagues and faculty, combined with videotape, was incredibly helpful.  Much appreciated the didactic component at the beginning, and especially the time we were given to use those lessons to improve our talks before giving them.
  • Feedback on presentation as well as review of the critical elements of a good abstract/the reviewer perspective was extremely helpful.
  • Very organized, hands on workshops very helpful to improving presentations in writing.  Course organizers and faculty greatly care about success and growth of participants. Constructive and honest feedback.
  • The feedback will definitely be helpful in preparing and delivering future presentations.
  • Intimate setting with good balance of # of fellows to staff - Honest feedback was appreciated - Formal training is lacking in this area but definitely needed so this course fills a very important gap in fellows training - Individualized feedback was great as well - I've learned things that I feel are very important to my career. Although I may have picked them up along the way, having a formalized talk on abstract writing, presenting, career advice, etc. was helpful.
  • Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to learn how to improve oral presentations and writing skills. Faculty very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, truly cares about growth of participants, and available throughout the course for questions.