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Medical Forum | Dunedin School of Medicine Postgraduate 3 Minute Thesis Competition

This is an entertaining opportunity to learn about current research in our postgraduate community. The competition is open to honours, master’s, and doctoral students, who must communicate their research in no more than three minutes, with the help of only one static slide … and the presentations will be aimed at a non-specialist audience!

Call for postgraduate speakers

This event gives Dunedin School of Medicine students the chance to present their research in an innovative format. You will also gain presentation experience, which is great for the upcoming conference season and as preparation for the Health Sciences Divisional heat of the official University of Otago 3MT Competition.

Rules, rules, rules

  • The competition is open to honours, master's, and doctoral students supervised within Dunedin School of Medicine.
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.

Note: This is not an official University of Otago 3MT heat. For details on the official 3MT competition, visit

Judging criteria

  1. Communication style: Was the thesis topic communicated well to an intelligent lay audience?
  2. Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience understand the topic?
  3. Engagement: Was the audience left wanting to know more?

How to enter

Email the following information to by 5pm Monday, 29 May 2017:

  • Name
  • Current degree in progress
  • Primary department
  • Talk title

What’s next?

  • You will be informed if you have been accepted to present by 5pm Thursday, 1 June 2017
  • If accepted, you will be required to email your slide to by 5pm Monday, 12 June 2017

Open to Dunedin School of Medicine and Southern DHB staff and students—general staff, academics, researchers, clinicians, and students welcome!

Date Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Time 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentDean's Department (DSM), General Practice and Rural Health (DSM), Medicine (DSM), Pathology (DSM), Preventive and Social Medicine (DSM), Psychological Medicine (DSM), Public Health, Surgical Sciences (DSM), Women's and Children's Health (DSM)
LocationHercus D'Ath Lecture Theatre, Hercus Building, Dunedin

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