Duke Heart Center/DCRI Fellows' Presentation Skills Course

Dates: February 16-17, 2019

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.

Agenda coming soon

Important Dates:
December 3, 2018 – application deadline
December 17, 2018 – admission decisions sent via email
December 30, 2018 – deadline to confirm enrollment

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

Travel Information:
The course will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center (map). Registration and meals provided during program hours will be covered by Duke. Travel costs (flight, lodging, 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

  • The faculty gave honest, but very direct feedback. I appreciated that they did not shy away from pointing out areas of improvement. Never before in the past 10 years of medical education have I received this level of input on how to present, what to present, and how to write. Thank you so much for developing this conference.
  • This is one of the best courses I have attended. I learnt a lot of points and tips to better myself as a physician scientist.
  • Succinct and high-yield presentations by the faculty.
  • The objective and high yield feedback on core academic skills was outstanding and will certainly improve my presentations and scientific writing.
  • High-yield and concise. Excellent balance between didactics and 'hands on' experience with detailed feedback. I also really appreciated the intermittent panel sessions and talks geared towards career development and grant options. This course has helped me establish a new baseline in my presentation skill set and, importantly, provided me with the tools needed to continue to improve independently.
  • This course gave me extremely useful information about oral presentation and writing skills.
  • This course will help me make more focused presentations, present the information more clearly, and write more streamlined abstracts that will hopefully get more attention for publication.
  • Presentation skills feedback and videotaping were very helpful individually as well as hearing feedback given to others and watching them present and speak. The career development and research development advice and presentations were also helpful and showed me that even as a fellow it is possible to accomplish putting together a large research project using the NCDR database.
  • A lot of motivated faculty and colleagues attended the course. This was a good place to network and get further ideas about planning for my future. I could get frank opinions about options for my career from very senior people in the field which was very helpful.
  • Solidifying the fundamental skills of being an effective presenter will be immensely helpful in all stages of my career as each stage will require me to effectively communicate with others.
  • I got honest feedback about my tics. I hope to continue working on improving my way of speaking. Similarly, my writing needs a lot of work and I think this immersion helped me continue working on it. A lot of motivated faculty and colleagues attended the course. This was a good place to network and get further ideas about planning for my future. I could get frank opinions about options for my career from very senior people in the field which was very helpful.
  • Really appreciated the direct, thoughtful, focused and constructive feedback on speaker skills. These comments were invaluable. Providing introductory lectures on how to prepare presentations before we actually perform is perfect, and allows to reflect on our presentation to come and to rate others.