1. The resident presenter has five minutes to describe the case as it appeared in the emergency department. Only the information provided to the faculty discussant when the case was submitted may be presented at the CPC. Presenters must not surprise the discussant with information not previously provided.
  2. Following the resident presenter’s five-minute presentation, the faculty discussant has 15 minutes to discuss the case, emphasizing the emergency medicine approach to the diagnostic reasoning that leads to a final diagnosis. Generally, the salient features of the case are highlighted, a differential diagnosis is offered and a logical discussion is provided to argue to a final diagnosis.  Although an accurate final diagnosis is important, the majority of the judging focuses on the discussion and presentation.  Many faculty discussants have won the CPC with an incorrect final diagnosis. The discussant should not utilize the time to discuss the final diagnosis -- this will be done by the resident presenter.
  3. The resident presenter then has 10 minutes to give the final diagnosis and discuss the disease process, its relevance to emergency medicine and describe the elements in the ED encounter that support the final diagnosis.
  4. The presentation time frames are rigidly set and observed. Limit timers will be utilized to assist the speakers.  Substantial scoring penalties will be imposed for exceeding the prescribed time limits.
  5. All CPC cases will be presented using a laptop computer and LCD projector provided by the hotel.  A laser pointer, microphone and handheld slide advancer will also be provided.  All presentation files will be preloaded onto the laptop at the podium.  No personal flash drives will be used on the day of the competition.
  6. Please organize or facilitate another person to be available to present on your behalf in the case of any unforeseen circumstances that would prevent you from presenting on the day of the competition.  If a backup resident or faculty member is needed, he or she must be on staff at your residency program.
  7. We strongly urge that a faculty member review the resident case slides prior to submission to the competition.


  1. All slides must be created using PowerPoint software and must be in Windows format.
  2. Slides may contain text and static images but no video clips (for entertainment), no audio clips, no hyperlinks to the web, no embedded files or links to other files. (Embedded Video to display imaging results are now allowed.) Violating this rule will result in a substantial scoring penalty.
    1. Moving “slide transitions” between slides are permitted
    2. Using the slide show “animation” feature within PowerPoint is permitted
    3. Embedding Video to display imaging results is now allowed. (Embedded Video for entertainment is NOT allowed).
  3. Speaker (Presentation) Notes within the PowerPoint presentations are not permitted
  4. The slides will be shown using the slide show feature in PowerPoint 2022 (PPTX file) on a Windows-based computer
  5. The “Presenter View” option will not be utilized on the day of the competition
  6. This is not an interactive presentation, please do not solicit audience participation

For further information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.