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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 97-98

Exposing medical students to Pecha Kucha during their training period: Need of the hour


1 Department of Community Medicine, Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission24-Oct-2020
Date of Acceptance31-Jan-2021
Date of Web Publication28-Feb-2022

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/mjmsr.mjmsr_45_20

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  Abstract 


A medical doctor in the current generation is bound to get exposed to a wide range of scenarios, wherein they are expected to share their thoughts, ideas, expertise in a convincing and appealing way to the public. In order to improve the attention of the audience, we have to resort to something which is innovative, creative, yet concise and appealing. Pecha Kucha is a method of presentation which is designed to maintain interest of the audience, especially during the course of a series of presentations. However, we have to accept that only adoption of the Pecha Kucha format won't do wonders unless it is supplemented with good communication skills, positive body language and modulation of tone. In conclusion, the format of Pecha Kucha is a learner-centered approach with an aim to improve the attention span of the audience and ensure that the presentation is not being extended beyond time limits. In-fact, it has to be considered as an approach to improve the speaker abilities with regard to abstraction, analysis, and synthesis.

Keywords: Communication skills, medical education, pecha kucha


How to cite this article:
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Exposing medical students to Pecha Kucha during their training period: Need of the hour. Muller J Med Sci Res 2021;12:97-8

How to cite this URL:
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Exposing medical students to Pecha Kucha during their training period: Need of the hour. Muller J Med Sci Res [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 May 27];12:97-8. Available from: https://www.mjmsr.net/text.asp?2021/12/2/97/338503




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A medical doctor in the current generation is bound to get exposed to a wide range of scenarios, wherein they are expected to share their thoughts, ideas, expertise in a convincing, and appealing way to the public.[1] This can happen either during conferences, faculty development programs, workshops, etc., but the fact is that medical students during their under-graduation period are not sensitized about the presentation skills or other areas which needs attention. During the period of post-graduation, as a part of seminars or journal club or even podium presentations, students do make a power-point presentation, without knowing the basic principles of the tool.[1],[2]

PowerPoint presentation: Pros and Cons

Power Point presentations have emerged as one of the most common tools for the presentation of scientific information for transmitting the knowledge to the audience. On a similar note, for almost all the large group teaching sessions in a medical college, power-points are only being used. However, speakers who lack in their communication skills often incorporate many slides to pass on the information and usually exceed the given time limits.[1],[2] We also have to acknowledge that only text in the slides tends to make the presentation unattractive and to ensure that audience don't lose interest, there has to be an incorporation of tables and figures.[1]

Pecha Kucha: An Innovative tool

In order to improve the attention of the audience, we have to resort to something which is innovative, creative, yet concise, and appealing. Pecha Kucha is a method of presentation which is designed to maintain interest of the audience, especially during the course of a series of presentations.[2],[3] In this method, the information to be shared by the speaker has to be arranged across 20 slides, wherein each slide is projected for 20 s each and thus in.

Additional considerations

In general, it has been recommended that the content in the slides should be reduced, and there is more of table, figures, and short videos to pass on the information to the audience.[3] This format of presentation has found application in a wide range of fields, including the health sector and medical education and has significantly helped the medical teachers as well as the students in their class assignments and podium presentations.[1],[4] Further, the format significantly minimizes the possibility of getting lost amidst a series of presentations which are made by the delegates at a scientific conference. However, we have to accept that only adoption of the Pecha Kucha format won't do wonders unless it is supplemented with good communication skills, positive body language, and modulation of tone.[2],[3],[4]


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In conclusion, the format of Pecha Kucha is a learner-centered approach with an aim to improve the attention span of the audience and ensure that the presentation is not being extended beyond time limits. In-fact, it has to be considered as an approach to improve the speaker abilities with regard to abstraction, analysis, and synthesis.

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Ramos-Gallardo G, Mecott-Rivera GÁ, Limon-Cervantes R, García-Pérez M, Rodríguez-Olivares E. How to improve speaking skills in plastic surgery training? Survey in residents participants in pecha kucha contest. World J Plast Surg 2018;7:166-70.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Ramos-Rincón JM, Sempere-Selva TS, Romero-Nieto M, Peris-García J, Martínez-de la Torre G, Harris M, et al. Pecha Kucha presentations by medical students in Spain. Int J Med Educ 2018;9:244-5.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Carroll AJ, Tchangalova N, Harrington EG. Flipping one-shot library instruction: Using Canvas and Pecha Kucha for peer teaching. J Med Libr Assoc 2016;104:125-30.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Abraham RR, Torke S, Gonsalves J, Narayanan SN, Kamath MG, Prakash J, et al. Modified directed self-learning sessions in physiology with prereading assignments and Pecha Kucha talks: Perceptions of students. Adv Physiol Educ 2018;42:26-31.  Back to cited text no. 4
    




 

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