2021 National Conference Poster Competition

Purpose and Process

The purpose of the National Conference poster competition is to stimulate research by medical students and family medicine residents, provide a venue to share innovative and effective educational programs, showcase unique community projects, and encourage networking among medical students and residents with similar interests.

The required online application must be completed and submitted to the AAFP by May 2, 2021. An abstract of the poster and an art file must accompany the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will be notified by July 1. 

Posters will be displayed electronically on the Virtual National Conference platform, July 29-31, 2021. 

The submitter must be:

  • A current medical student or family medicine resident;
  • Eligible to attend the Virtual National Conference;
  • Willing to pay for and attend the conference; and
  • A member in good standing of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Not a member? Join now.  New or lapsed memberships may take one week to process. Please plan accordingly as late applications will not be accepted.

Research

Summarize the results of a well-defined basic or clinical research project, including a hypothesis, dependent and independent variables, tests for measures of association, succinct discussion of data, etc.  All work should be original.  Projects may involve observational or interventional studies.  If project involves human subjects, documentation of approval or exemption from an institutional review board (IRB) is required.

Clinical Inquiry

Present a clinical scenario with discussion of an actual patient presentation or review of current evidence-based recommendations for a clinical topic.  A clinical case presentation must include an introduction, case description, discussion of current practice guidelines for management of the patient, and conclusions.  An evidence-based review need not be based on an actual patient presentation but must provide a systematic review of the current best research evidence to answer a clinical question.  The presentation should provide an evidence-based answer on a topic relevant to family medicine and common in everyday practice and include an evidence summary, recommendations from others, and clinical commentary.  View a current list of AAFP-approved evidence-based medicine sources.

Community Project

Describe personal experience working on a community-based initiative to improve the health of a specific population (e.g. providing adolescent AIDS education, working with school nurses to develop asthma action plans, establishing a health care program for the homeless, etc.)  Student/resident applicant(s) must have served in a leadership role in the planning and execution of the project.  The description should include an evaluation of the project.  If project involves human subjects, documentation of approval or exemption from an institutional review board (IRB) is required.

Educational Program

Describe an educational program or curricular innovation that has been evaluated for its impact on medical student or resident training.  Student/resident applicant(s) must have played a substantive role in the creation, implementation, and/or evaluation of the target program.  This may have been done in collaboration with faculty.  Applicant needs to state specifically the role they played in the program.  If project involves human subjects, documentation of approval or exemption from an institutional review board (IRB) is required.

Requirements

  • The subject of the poster must be of value to family medicine and within the scope of family medicine.
  • All projects must be completed at the time of application. Incomplete projects will not be considered.
  • The project or research described in the application must reflect work done while applicant was a medical student or resident.
  • The subject of the poster presentation may be based on coursework or an extracurricular activity.
  • Entries may not be taken from previously published papers.

Instructions

1.     Log in to the AAFP submission website
Members may log in using their AAFP ID. Not a member? Join now.  New or lapsed memberships may take one week to process. Please plan accordingly as late applications will not be accepted.

2.     Enter proposal information.
It is recommended you have all items listed below ready and in the required format before starting your online application. Required information and attachments include:

  • Poster Title
  • Author(s)
  • Contact information (including AAFP ID)
  • Short abstract (not to exceed 200 words) See examples.
  • Full abstract as an attached document (not to exceed five pages, excluding Reference page for Clinical Inquiry entries) See requirements.
  • IRB approval/exemption as an attached document (required if project involves human subjects).
  • FINAL version of poster as an attached document (PDF sized 48 inches x 36 inches) Suggested guidelines for creating and displaying successful posters available.

Applicants must include all information outlined for each category below — five-page maximum, excluding the Reference page for Clinical Inquiry entries.  Please bold each section header for easier reading. 

Research (See example.)

  • Project description
  • Objectives/purpose
  • Methodology
  • Applicant’s role in project
  • Results
  • Conclusions/discussion

Clinical Inquiry (See example.)

  • Introduction
  • Case description
  • Discussion of practice guidelines
  • Conclusions/discussion
  • References (Reference page may be in addition to the five-page maximum)

Community Project and Educational Program (See example.)

  • Project/program description
  • Objectives/purpose
  • Methodology
  • Applicant’s role in project/program
  • Results
  • Conclusions/discussion