Presenter expectations

All presenters are expected to present an unbiased, content-validated, evidence-based presentation.

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education:

Standard 1: Ensure Content is Valid states the following:

“All recommendations for patient care in accredited continuing education must be based on current science, evidence, and clinical reasoning, while giving a fair and balanced view of diagnostic and therapeutic options.”

“All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in accredited education in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.”

Standard 2: Prevent Commercial Bias and Marketing in Accredited Continuing Education states the following:

“Accredited continuing education must protect learners from commercial bias and marketing.

The accredited provider must ensure that all decisions related to the planning, faculty selection, delivery, and evaluation of accredited education are made without any influence or involvement from the owners and employees of an ineligible company.

Accredited education must be free of marketing or sales of products or services. Faculty must not actively promote or sell products or services that serve their professional or financial interests during accredited education.

The accredited provider must not share the names or contact information of learners with any ineligible company or its agents without the explicit consent of the individual learner.”

Standard 3: Identify, Mitigate, and Disclose Relevant Financial Relationships highlights:

  • All presenters must complete a Disclosure Form to identify any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies as soon as it is received.
  • If EVMS CME identifies any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies, additional steps will be taken to mitigate these relationships.

Standard 5: Manage Ancillary Activities Offered in Conjunction with Accredited Continuing Education - applies only when there is marketing by ineligible companies or nonaccredited education associated with the accredited continuing education. For instance, an event with exhibitors. This standard highlights:

  • Educational materials that are part of accredited education (such as slides, abstracts, handouts, evaluation mechanisms, or disclosure information) must not contain any marketing produced by or for an ineligible company, including corporate or product logos, trade names, or product group messages.

Presenting Best Practices

  • Respect the time allotted for your presentation and allow for questions and answers.
  • If you are asked to send your slides, please do so by the deadline you receive them.
  • Keep all original receipts for reimbursement.
  • Keep open communication with EVMS CME and your host department

PowerPoint Presentation Guidelines

  • Three minutes should be given for each slide. A 30-minute lecture should not have more than 10 slides.
  • Only one message per slide
  • Every third slide should be engaging to keep the attention of the learners.
  • Font size:
    • Titles 36- 44 pt.
    • Content should be 20-28 pt.
  • Use Sans Sarif fonts:
    • Helvetica
    • Gill Sans
    • Futura
    • Verdana
    • Rockwell
    • Roboto
    • Tahoma
    • Georgia
  • Limit images/graphs to one per slide
  • Use contrasting colors for slide background and text
    • Dark background/light font (best for visibility)
    • Light background/dark font
  • No more than 6 bullets per slide
    • Rule of 6: words per line, bullets per slide