The University of Iowa

Medical Scientist Training Program

Carver College of Medicine

Grand Rounds Preparation Guidelines

The MSTP Grand Rounds Series is a vehicle to showcase not only the MSTP program, but also to highlight important biomedical research developments. Each Grand Rounds is ~50 minutes in length, divided into 2 integrated sections. MSTP students are paired for MSTP GR such that each trainee prepares and presents one section. The section details an interesting case and the relevant diagnostic information (laboratory tests, biopsies and imaging studies). The second section details a focused avenue of research directly related to the case; for example related to the area of diagnosis, pathogenesis, or therapeutic intervention. Involvement of faculty acting as clinical and/or scientific mentors is strongly encouraged as they can help define suitable cases and topics, provide raw data and images, and preside over the question and answer session at the end of the presentation. The MSTP GR committee participates in the preparation of each MSTP Grand Rounds through a series of 3 sessions spanning roughly the 4 weeks prior to each presentation. The committee helps with the selection of a case and appropriately focused topics, the composition of the slides (both content and style/format), and fine-tuning the presentation.

The following guidelines are designed to assist you in each phase of preparation, and will help streamline the total preparation time. Most of you already possess and practice many of these skills. While we encourage you to develop your own style, we also want to emphasize that the overall presentation must be integrated to deliver clear, concise, and accurate information in a highly professional manner.

Targeting the Audience

The typical audience for MSTP GR is quite diverse,and includes graduate students, research assistants, residents, fellows, faculty and importantly, University of Iowa MSTP recruits. You should target your presentation to the level of a first-year medical student. Thus, you should use medically appropriate terminology, but not overly or unnecessarily technical terms or jargon. When illustrating an abnormal result or finding, you should also present the normal/healthy version to highlight the differences, whenever possible. Presentations must follow HIPPA guidelines in order to protect patients' medical and personal information, and you should treat their unique characteristics (which occasionally seem odd or humorous) with the greatest respect and discretion.

Selecting a Case and Topics

Selecting Clinical and Scientific Mentors

Selecting a Grand Rounds Title

Presentation Format Basic

MSTP Grand Rounds Committee Sessions

Presentation Pearls