The AO: Assessment Oriented Presentation

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This podcast is about a new method of communication called the ASSESSMENT ORIENTED PRESENTATION (AO).

  • Maddow et al (2003)

  • 36 PGY-1 to PGY-3 residents

  • Asked to perform either traditional (112) or AO presentation (87)

  • Traditional-2mins

  • AO - 1 min 10s

  • No difference in presentation quality

  • Residents felt more organized and satisfied with their presentations


Communication - We Don't Do a Good Job

Traditional Case Presentation Purpose:

  • Inform - share the patient's story

  • Persuade - convince a colleague to do something for you

  • Support your assessment and plan and ultimately...

  • Demonstrate your competence as a provider

AO Presentation Purpose

  • Provide assessment - doing this first allows listener to cue in to relevant details and avoids cognitive overload

  • Make your asks known - so they know where they fit in the patient's care plan

  • Persuade listener that your asks are appropriate so they will help you care for the patient


Start with your JAMES BOND Moment!

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