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Morning report: how to do it
  1. Martin A Samuels
  1. Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Martin A Samuels, Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA; msamuels{at}


Morning report is an important clinical learning activity in many neurological institutions. A long experience of these meetings allows identification of several components to enhance its success. Meetings are best if brief (one or two cases) and held regularly, preferably daily and early in the working day, with full in-person team engagement. A senior clinician should lead the meeting and commit to a single interpretation, without fear of being wrong. Although the environment is relaxed (refreshments typically provided), it is a working meeting and with the essential focus on the patient rather than the learners. The rich learning experience is greatly enhanced by a subsequent confidential email summary and interpretation of the case(s) sent to all participants.


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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned. Externally peer reviewed by Martin Turner, Oxford, UK.

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