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2-3 minute opening summary for didactic lecture


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The didactic lecture remains a primary method of instruction in medical education, particularly for large class sizes. Capturing and maintaining the attention of students are some of the characteristics of an effective lecture. An excellent opening summary is critical to the success of the lecture and encourages students to focus with anticipation and mental alertness. The Iowa Geriatric Education Center has developed movie trailers on dementia, depression, delirium, and falls that can serve as excellent opening summaries to help capture the learners' attention. These one to two minute summaries have been used effectively to introduce didactic lecture topics as well as in interactive workshops.

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 Two to three minute videos utilized to provide preliminary overview of topics to capture the learners' attention.


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Mon, 09/29/2014
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Mon, 09/29/2014
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GeriaTrailers. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2014 Available from:
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