Guidelines for Trainees:
  1. Aim to stay within the time limit--don't cut short the time and opportunity for questions and discussion!
  2. Each talk should include at least 10 minutes of introductory background information, to provide context and make the remaining content 'accessible'--such that a new grad student can understand it.
  3. Research talks are most commonly of interest, but it's also OK to give a literature-review talk (occasionally).
  4. Either before or after your talk, state your purpose and/or requests (e.g., if your talk is prepared for a conference or lecture you'll be attending/giving, if you'd like feedback on specific sections or aspects of your content or presentation style, etc.).
  5. Ask a fellow trainee to serve as moderator for your talk--this is good practice for them too (e.g., if someday asked to moderate or chair a session at a conference).
  6. Moderators, your job is to:
    1. introduce the speaker, with a few quick sentences on their background (where and what they've studied, any relevant/related accomplishments, etc.) and the topic on which they'll be presenting;
    2. silently/subtlely keep the speaker aware of their pace/the time limit as it approaches--e.g., halfway, 5 min remain, 2 min remain, 30 seconds wrap it up; and
    3. afterward: thank the speaker, ask the audience for questions, have at least 1-2 questions of your own ready in case no one in the audience has any, and thank the speaker again before moving on.

Stanford University - School of Medicine - Department of Radiology
Send questions or comments to