PowerPoint 2010—a “must have” for clinicians and medical educators

Bill Crounse 2007 05 One of the true joys of my job at Microsoft is having access to all of our new software and solutions well before their release to the general public.  I’ve been using Windows 7 since the early beta versions.  I now have the final RTM version running on all of my machines.  Believe me, Win 7 is worth the wait!

A couple of weeks ago, I installed the technical preview for Microsoft Office 2010.  I’m thoroughly enjoying the cool new features of Microsoft Outlook/Exchange that are making it so much easier for me to manage the massive amount of e-mail that I receive each day.  And while a full review of Microsoft Office 2010 (available mid-year 2010) would be premature and beyond the scope of HealthBlog, I do want to share some early thoughts on why I think physicians and other clinicians are going to especially love one of the apps in Microsoft Office--the 2010 version of PowerPoint.

image Remember the days when clinicians came to present at grand rounds or case conference with a slide carousel? Remember the hassle of getting those slides made?  Remember how expensive it was?  Remember how screwed you were if, heaven forbid, the carousel lock came undone and your slides fell in a heap on the floor?  Can you even imagine going back to that?  Thank goodness for modern presentation software.

IMAGE_105As one who spends a great deal of time traveling the world giving keynote presentations and lectures (as I’m doing in this photo taken in Oslo, Norway) I probably use PowerPoint a whole lot more than than I do other Microsoft Office applications such as Excel or even Word.  If you are involved in academic medicine, chair a department, do research, or teach residents or medical students; you probably depend on PowerPoint or some other presentation software.  I’ve been using PowerPoint since version 1.0, and frankly, I don’t now how I could do what I do without it.




Gone are the days when presenters could get by with white fonts on a static blue background.  Today’s top presenters (and their audiences) want charts, graphs, photos, audio, video and plenty of cool animations and transitions (such as the “surface-like” ripple effect available in the newest version of PowerPoint see below and check out video above).  You’ll get all of that with PowerPoint 2010.  The Office team has loaded PowerPoint with stunning new design tools, transitions, and animation choices. image

You’ll find new controls to insert and edit video,adjust audio volume, and build really compelling multi-media presentations.  You can now insert video, display, and imageplay it using many of the same 3-D effects that have become  popular for images in Office 2007.  You’ll discover a much improved range of controls for slide “builds”.  Power users will be able to create presentations with true cinematic qualities.  And don’t forget one of the most important advantages of PowerPoint; how it integrates so seamlessly with all of the other Office applications for importing documents, spreadsheets, creating links to the web, and more.  In fact, in the newest version of PowerPoint there’s even a button that will translate your presentations into other languages.

Seeing what can now be done with PowerPoint 2010 almost makes me want to go back to medical school!  The lectures (which today are more likely being delivered on-line and on-demand than in a classroom) would be a whole lot more interesting than what so many of us endured; professors using the static blue and white slides of yore.

Don’t miss out on Microsoft Office 2010!  You are going to love what you can do with PowerPoint!

Bill Crounse, MD    Senior Director, Worldwide Health    Microsoft

Comments (7)

  1. Ingo Heel says:

    PPT 2010 really is a breakthrough from a standpoint of professional quality graphics and audio/video control especially.  It’s quite amazing.  Now if it only had the drawing tools of the old Micrografx Charisma 4.0.  🙂

  2. kris says:


    i hope i can buy power point 2010

  3. Pete McMillan says:

    PowerPoint 2010 sure adds a lot of eye candy, but after reading your blog, I still don’t see why this is a must-have for clinicians and medical educators. There are no healthcare-optimized features (eg. anatomical drawing toolkit). If you think you can win over todays medical students with "surface-like ripple effects", you are sadly mistaken.

    That said, I will probably buy PP2010. Not because it has special clinical-educator applications, but because I love trying out new stuff.

  4. Collin Westwood, MD says:

    The only thing that caught my attention as being valuable for me as a clinician and a researcher is the "button that translates your presentation to other languages". That would be a very handy tool indeed – but can it really translate medical terminology?

  5. hlthblog says:

    Pete and Collin,

    Thanks for your comments.  While PowerPoint is not customized for the health industry, it is optimzied to be extremely useful in vertical industry applications.  Whether it is looking for medical illustrations and photography in the on-line Office clip art gallery, or using plug-in applications like medical dictionaries or graphics packages from some of our partners, I think you’ll be able to do pretty much anything you need to do with PowerPoint.  And I agree that new transition effects and cool ways to embed and show video do not alone make PowerPoint 2010 compelling for clinicians, but they will make your presentations much more enjoyable and your students or colleagues a lot more likely to pay attention.  Thanks again for writing.

    Bill Crounse, MD  

  6. hlthblog says:

    I mentioned in responding to Pete and Collin (above) that some of our partners have add-in graphics packages and lexicons to aid you in producing medical and healthcare content in PowerPoint.  Here is one such example:

    Billl Crounse, MD


    Dear Scientist,

    When you prepare a presentation, you may already know how challenging it is to come up with high quality Biology diagrams for your slides. It’s even harder to find diagrams you can modify to fit your special needs. You can create your own diagrams from scratch, but it will be very time consuming.

    Our idea is to build the most essential and ready-to-use Biology diagrams that can be integrated easily into your PowerPoint slides. That’s the reason why we developed the PowerPoint Toolkit – Biology, a comprehensive collection of professionally designed Biology drawing diagrams for PowerPoint. Whether you are looking for ready-to-use or modifiable diagrams for your slides, our PowerPoint Toolkit is right for you.

    To learn how our PowerPoint Toolkit can help you create high impact presentations and save time:

    View sample slides




    Motifolio Inc., PO Box 2040, Ellicott City, MD 21041

  7. Gabor Fari says:

    PowerPoint 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) are also must-haves for Life Sciences companies.  Today, companies spend hundreds of thousands of Dollars on specialized software to build slide libraries.  Companies using PowerPoint to deliver key marketing messages (delivered by the sales force, or by physicians speaking on behalf of the company at medical conferences) need to be able to centrally control the content that is delivered, and ‘recall’ slides as needed.  This capability comes out of the box with Office 2007 and MOSS already.  In combination with Information Rights Management, it can ensure that only sanctioned content is delivered, and updated from a centralized slide libary as required by regulations.

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