CORD 2014 Presentation Redesign Competition Results

Hello everyone,

I would like to thank Stacey Poznanski, Michelle Lin, and Robert Tubbs for a great workshop at CORD this year!

Judging this time around was very difficult because some of the presentations incorporated advanced elements such as video or hyperlinks. This is not fully captured in the slideshare presentation, but I made note of them where appropriate.

Participant #1

Note: This participant experimented with hyperlinks to add interactivity to the presentation. It also helped to reduce the linearity of the presentation.


Participant #2


Participant #3

Note: This participant embedded a video rather than linking to it as in the “before” slides.


And the winner is….. participant #2, Dr. Rahul Patwari! Congratulations! He will be receiving either Nancy Duarte’s Slide:ology or Garr Reynold’s Presentation Zen.

Back to Designing Great Presentations!

And we’re back!

So, in hindsight, by “brief” hiatus, I meant about 4 months, but who’s counting?

A lot of exciting things have been happening.

First, Dr. Stacey Poznanski, Dr. Nathan Allen, and I presented this workshop at the 2014 ACGME meeting in National Harbor, MD. We had a great time and thank the programming committee for choosing our workshop. We actually had double duty with two sessions of the workshop. Thanks to both Nathan and Stacey for making the trip with me!

At the ACGME meeting, we held a slide redesign competition similar to the one Michelle Lin and Stacey did at the International Educators meeting. Click here to see the slides and results of the competition.

Second, I had the opportunity to present this workshop at the Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) meeting in beautiful Miami, FL, as well as at grand rounds for the UT Southwester – Austin Emergency Medicine program. Again, I would like to thank everyone that made this possible including the SGEA planning committee, and specifically Janna Welch and Todd Berger.

Third, we have been working very hard behind the scenes to continue to bring great content to the blog. Unfortunately, our plans to have a nice, redesigned blog did not come to fruition yet, but we are happy to announce that we have a new web address:

Much easier to say and remember than the prior web address. 🙂

Finally, I am very excited to again be working with Stacey Poznanski, along with Robert Tubbs and the legendary Michelle Lin to deliver a presentation design workshop at CORD this year! You can click here for more info, and visit the ALiEM site for info as well.

Thanks to everyone for the continued support and a special thanks to my co-conspirator, Stacey. Glad to be blogging again.

ACGME 2014 Slide Redesign Competition Results

Hello everyone,

As I mentioned in the prior post, Stacey Poznanski, Nathan Allen, and I gave a workshop at the 2014 ACGME national meeting in National Harbor, MD. We offered the participants a chance to submit 3 of their old “before” slides and then 3 “after” slides for a chance to win either Nancy Duarte’s Slide:ology or Garr Reynold’s Presentation Zen.

We only had 3 submissions, but there were all great!

Participant #1


Participant #2


Participant #3


This was a hard decision, but the final winner is participant #3, Dr. Chasnovitz. Congratulations!

A Brief Hiatus…


Hello everyone,

I am writing to let everyone know that the blog will be on a brief break.

The good news is that I have been distracted preparing for the birth of my first child! Of note, if you were wondering which takes priority, building out the nursery or researching for a blog post, my wife says it’s the nursery.

Even better news is that there is a lot going on behind the scenes, including:

  • Dr. Stacey Poznanski officially joining the team!
  • New blog design with the help of Dr. Mike Cadogan
  • New sections to the blog
  • Guest bloggers

Looking forward to restarting the regular posts. We will be back soon!


Unfortunately, I missed the International EM Teaching course held in Baltimore, Maryland this past week. I hear that Michelle Lin and Stacey Poznanski held an amazing workshop on Resuscitating Powerpoint Slides.

They held a competition for the most improved slides based on some of Mayer’s principles of multimedia learning. You can see the “before and after” slides at:

Fortunately, I will get a chance to work with them and Dr. Robert Tubbs to do a Presentation Design Bootcamp at the 2014 CORD meeting in New Orleans.

Still jealous though…

Great TED talk – Salman Khan

I have had a lot of conversations about flipped classrooms and using technology in learning recently. This reminded me of one of my favorite TED talks.


“… teachers [can] use technology to humanize the classroom.”

“the traditional model penalizes you for experimentation and failure, but it does not expect mastery. We encourage you to experiment, we encourage you to failure, but we do expect mastery.”

Brain Rules – Part 1

This week was a little busy, but while I was searching through a few internet sites, I rediscovered this jewel at It is a presentation by Garr Reynolds (author of Presentation Zen) that focuses on 3 of the 12 Brain Rules by John Medina.

“If you are in education, you are in the business of brain development.”          -John Medina

Hopefully, I will get to post a full review of Brain Rules next week. Until then, enjoy this presentation!

Visuals Add Impact

Oh, how I wish there were a floating dry-erase board drawing arm for all of my presentations!

Below is a video of a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson, education and creativity expert, that was adapted to an RSAnimate presentation. With over 10 million views, I believe we can call this one “essential.”

When you watch it, watch it twice. First, for the message, then again for the beauty of the visuals themselves. The sketches add so much impact to the already amazing presentation that Robinson gives.


This stuff is great!