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Enhancing departmental teaching in the digital age: as easy as 1-3-5
  1. Valentina Fenech1,
  2. Sarah-Jane Martin1,2,
  3. John-Paul Leach1,2
  1. 1 Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2 University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sarah-Jane Martin, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK; sarahjane.martin{at}


We have recently introduced a new item to our neurology Grand Rounds—the ‘1-3-5 presentation’. The format comprises a presentation on one topic, using three slides and lasting no more than 5 minutes. This a useful way of covering brief single topics and introducing and sparking discussion on more complex ones. ‘1-3-5s’ have proven popular in our department and we have compiled a library of these presentations that is hosted on a YouTube channel. This article discusses the benefits and prospects for this format and encourages other units to provide similar opportunities for teaching and learning among all clinical grades.


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  • VF and S-JM contributed equally.

  • Contributors Conceptualisation: S-JM and J-PL. All authors contributed equally to manuscript drafting and editing. S-JM and VF: YouTube channel management.

  • 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.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally reviewed by Richard Davenport, Edinburgh, UK and Matt Jones, Manchester, UK.

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