Keep your summary brief, no more than 3 minutes. In the summary include the question addressed in the study, a description of the study design, and the major findings. Conclude with the importance of this study to your own research
Begin the discussion with an open question asking for reactions to the article.
Remember to wait a few seconds for a response.
Call on the Primary Discussant.
Ask one of your prepared questions. A single slide with any data or aspect of the design targeted in the question may help focus attention on the issue that you wish to have discussed.
Prime the discussion with a provocative statement.
Ask participants to talk with the person sitting next to them for 1 minute about their answer just to break the ice.
Assign each of the questions to a third of the group and allow for pairs to form to determine possible responses.
Should you run out of time before you go through all three questions, that is not a problem. The point is to stimulate critical appraisal and careful consideration of the article.
Turn over the final 2 minutes to the Primary Discussant.