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Pecha Kucha

What Are Pecha Kucha Sessions?

Architects talk too much. That was the impetus for two designers to invent a new type of presentation. Thus, on a February night in 2003 in their gallery in Tokyo, they held the first ever Pecha Kucha session. Pecha Kucha (PK) comes from the Japanese term for the sound of a conversation, or more simply, “chit-chat.”

The format for PK talks is simply a six minute and 40 second (400 seconds) presentation, accomplished with no more than 20 slides. The limits on the time for presentation and the number of slides are strictly enforced. PK sessions enable the presentation of small bits of information.

Architects are certainly not the only profession whose members talk too much! It has become evident, via experience at recent AAEM Scientific Assemblies and the 2015 MEMC, that emergency physicians, who also can tend to talk too much, are able to make concise presentations. Further, the PK format is tailor-made for emergency physicians, who, by definition, are practitioners in the specialty in which the members are most likely to be afflicted by attention deficit disorder!

The PK format has been a successful presentation style used at many major medical conferences recently. The short sessions have been very well received, allowing for brief, high-level exposure to many topics and ideas. The PK Sessions will highlight many up-and-coming emergency physicians as well as some veteran AAEM speakers.


What are Brief Sessions?

Some medical topics, while staying at a high level, require a few more minutes to convey the message.  At MEMC-GREAT a Brief Session allows a presenter to introduce, explain and summarize a topic in nine minutes using a limited number of slides.

The PK and Brief style talks are fast-paced and packed with high-yield information. In other words, they are ideal for an audience of emergency physicians!

So come join us in Lisbon, Portugal for what is sure to be an exciting educational experience.


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