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Guidelines for Lecture Slides and Webcasts

Dec 22, 2020

Resident and Medical Student Pain Education SIG

Are you an ASRA member interested in sharing knowledge and mentoring resources, as well teaching and engaging future pain physicians at an earlier stage in training? Please complete this form and tell us how you would like to get involved!


Guidelines for Lecture Slide Submission

The goal is to share up-to-date lecture material (slide sets) from experts in a subspecialty area with all ASRA members as a tool for lecturing to medical students and residents. With a strong foundation in physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, clinical practice, and evidence based medicine these lectures will facilitate the next generation of physicians and enable ASRA members to give high quality talks on topics slightly outside of their area of focus.

  • Please provide no more than 40 slides (+/- notes) to be used for a 45-60-minute total lecture time.
  • No proprietary or copyrighted material or unpublished data. Exclude any commercial or institutional bias as well as any identifying patient information. Please indicate any disclosures.
  • Structure should include pertinent anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pearls and guidelines for clinical practice.
  • At least one evidence based medicine slide, with an introduction to seminal trials and publications should be included with at least references on the final slide.
  • If videos from the internet are included, please make sure the full web address is visible on the slide; for photos please caption with source and make large enough to discern from a distance.
  • Slides should be structured as follows: dark background (black, blue etc.) with white text or the inverse - please no yellow, green, or red text. Each slide should have a title (font size 36+) and bullet points should be utilized whenever possible for all large chunks of text (font size 18+). Template available upon request. Slides with minimal text and notes for the presenter are encouraged.
  • Target audience is 3rd and especially 4th year medical students, interns, and non-anesthesia residents. You can designate if you think some slides fit one group more than another and two tiers of lectures can be created.
  • All submissions will be reviewed by a SIG committee to evaluate content accuracy and breadth, structure, and presentation.
  • Slides used in posted lecture sets will be credited to the creator of each slide but may be merged with slides from other contributors for comprehensive lecture sets.
  • If any major changes are deemed necessary by the committee, the creator will have the opportunity to review edits prior to slide posting.
  • Key topics for 2018: 

    a.     Basic Anatomy & Physiology of Pain

    b.     Opioid pharmacology, physiology, & role in pain treatment

    c.     Multimodal Pain Acute Treatment (Non-opioid options, with brief intro to regional)

    d.     Psychological aspects of pain

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us  paineducation@asra.com


Want to add a side of Webcast with that?

Guidelines for Webcast “Mini Lecture” Submission

While the lecture slides are designed as a tool for other ASRA professors and teachers to use, webcasts are short (< 5 minute) narrated slides or videos for public consumption. The target will still be 3rd and especially 4th year medical students, interns, and non-anesthesia residents.

  • Webcasts should be less than 5 minutes
  • All submissions will be reviewed by a SIG committee to evaluate content accuracy and breadth, structure, and presentation.
  • Please provide 2-5 pre- and post- questions for your webcast. We will create a survey for these questions that also asks for mini lecture ratings and feedback that we can share with you.
  • Please see the PowerPoint guidelines for voice over technique below OR use your own method and teach us how!
  • Create one to go with your lecture slides or just on its own.
  • The short format serves as a great way to summarize something complex like the pain pathway with visuals in a memorable way.
  • Requests for specific topic will be announced on the website and in our newsletters but feel free to make them on a different relevant topic of your choosing.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us paineducation@asra.com.

How to create a webcast (slides with narration)


Begin by creating your slide show in PowerPoint. To record narration over your slides, you will need to have the desktop version of PowerPoint. You cannot use PowerPoint Online to record audio.

Once the slide show is created, record the narration for the slide show. When you record a narration, run through the presentation and record each slide. You can pause and resume recording any time.

  • Ensure your microphone is set up and in working order prior to recording your slide show. (Be sure to record in a quite area will little outside noise. We will not be able to edit out external sounds.)
  • On the Slide Show tab, click Record Slide Show.
  • Select one of the following:
  • Start Recording from Beginning.
  • Start Recording from Current Slide.
  • Click Start Recording.
  • The recording can be paused at any time.
  • To end your slide show recording, right click and select End Slide Show or at the end select
  • The recorded slide show timings are automatically saved.
  • To edit or rerecord a particular slide, select the slide you wish to change, and start the recording of the current slide again.

Preview the narration

  • You can preview the recording of each slide in the recording view by clicking Play, or from the normal view by clicking on the sound icon then Play.
  • To preview the entire presentation, click the Slide Show tab then From Beginning.

Recording tips

  • Recordings are added to the presentation on a per-slide basis, so if you want to change a recording, you only have to re-record the affected slide or slides. Also, you can rearrange the order of slides after recording without having to re-record anything. This also means it's easy to pause for a break while recording a presentation.
  • PowerPoint doesn't record audio or video during transitions between slides, so don't speak while advancing the slide. Also, include a brief buffer of silence at the beginning and the end of each slide to make the transitions smooth and ensure that you don't cut off audible narration while transitioning.
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