Oral Presentations

Almost all of the oral presentations you will give will be during morning rounds using the SOAP format. As a general rule, oral presentations are shorter than written presentations as they should focus on the most active issues of the day/admission and don’t need to focus as much on every detail that may be in the note. Three minutes is a good rule of thumb.

Subjective – how patient feels, major events overnight

Objective – vital signs and pertinent physical exam findings; new data (labs, xrays, path)

Assessment – should include working diagnosis from presenting problem and prior diagnoses that are being actively addressed during the hospitalization

Plan-  this is the area that should be very specific as if you are entering the orders; as patients improve it is important to begin addressing the transition plan which is not only the location (home, rehab, SNF, etc.) but the therapeutic endpoints (what we are looking for clinically to determine a patient is safe to transition out of the hospital)

Many internal medicine patients have multiple active problems and most people find it easier to address the assessment and plan for each diagnosis separately.

Some of the most common stumbling blocks for students (other than nerves) include going into too much detail in the subjective and objective sections, over-reliance on papers leading to poor eye contact and lots of fumbling with paper, incomplete grasp or understanding of the assessment and plan. You may find the following articles helpful:

Oral Presentations

The Case Presentation

The is also a brief curriculum that includes examples on Aquifer Oral Presentation.


Oral Presentation Practice

You will have the opportunity to practice an oral presentation and receive feedback from Dr. Nall and a small group of your peers. This session is optional so please sign-up on the clerkship office door, Shands, Room 4108.

What you need to know for the session.

  • Review these two handouts on oral presentations prior to the session
  • Come prepared to present a patient (new patient or follow-up on daily rounds)
  • Bring questions you have about oral presentations
  • Gator rounds is a Department of Medicine initiative to improve communication. The website has many useful tips including a video modeling an ideal bedside presentation.