What is PBP?

A framework to organize resident presentations to faculty members in continuity clinic.

Why PBP?

An organized, efficient presentation is critical for effective patient care and teaching in resident continuity clinic. SOAP style presentations work well for hospitalized patients and outpatients with a single chief complaint but is not effective for continuity clinic.  Problem Based Presentation (PBP)  keeps residents organized and facilitates faculty teaching.

What are the steps of PBP?

Opening Statement

  • Name, age, major medical issues
  • New or return visit, last visit?
  • New to you or continuity?
  • List names of issues that were addressed in clinic today

Problem by problem discussion

  • SOAP for problem #1 (followed by attending feedback/teaching)
  • SOAP for problem #2 (followed by attending feedback/teaching)
  • SOAP for problem #3 (followed by attending feedback/teaching)

Wrap Up

  • Return to clinic plan and billing level

  • Faculty Development Tools

    A key aspect of PBP success is a shared mental model for presentation structure by residents and faculty. All faculty members should expect the PBP format for each presentation and provide gentle correction when the PBP format is not followed.

    Faculty development should focus on discussing:

    1. The current presentation structure used by residents/expected by faculty

    2. The importance of a shared mental model for clinic presentation structure

    3. Why traditional SOAP style isn’t effective for continuity clinic presentations

    4. PBP format with examples

    Faculty Development Powerpoint

  • Resident Training Tools

    A key aspect of PBP success is a shared mental model for presentation structure by residents and faculty.  All residents should be given explicit instructions that PBP is the expected format for continuity clinic presentations.  Consider making this a resident-led QI project and/or naming resident PBP champions to create buy-in among residents.

    Resident Training should focus on discussing:

    1. The importance of a shared mental model for checkout structure

    2. Why traditional SOAP style isn’t effective for continuity clinic presentations?

    3. PBP format with examples

    We strongly suggest posting the PBP format in an easily viewable location where residents present to attendings. We have taped laminated cards to our desks so that residents can easily view the steps as they are initially learning them.

    Resident Training PowerPoint 

    Resident Handouts

Contact Us

We would love your feedback on PBP. Please email us and let us know your experience.

Ryan Kraemer, MD, FACP
Email: rkraemer@uabmc.edu

Erin Snyder, MD, FACP
Email: edsnyder@uabmc.edu

Starr Steinhilber, MD, MPH, FACP
Email: ssteinhilber@uabmc.edu