21st Annual AMSA Project, Research and Experience Exhibition

poster_sessiuonThis is your opportunity to “show and share” your work on a wide range of issues and in diverse contexts, from basic and translational science research, community-building projects, and advocacy work, to AMSA chapter development and member engagement, curricular projects, and even meditative or reflective art works. By pushing against the boundaries of what are usually considered the standard content and format of an academic poster session, we intend this exhibition to serve as a much larger opportunity for you to share not only completed projects but also projects at any stage of the design and implementation process. We want to open up this opportunity for you to showcase your vision and your work in process, to inspire colleagues and mentors to share in your vision, join in the work, and provide feedback that will help you achieve even greater levels of success and results.

In addition, we are formally including projects – completed or in progress – designed and implemented by participants in the AMSA Academy Scholars Programs and Leadership Institutes. Students from past and current Scholars Programs and Institutes are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of their projects, regardless of completion status. In fact, we especially encourage students to submit abstracts for projects that are still in development or active implementation, as the exhibition will be an excellent opportunity to receive feedback and new ideas which can be incorporated into the ongoing evaluation and execution of your project.

The 21st Annual AMSA Project, Research, and Experience Exhibition selection committee invites you to submit your abstracts for consideration to be included in the Share Your Story! Exhibition on Friday during the Annual AMSA Convention and Exhibition at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Washington, DC, April 1, 2016. As physicians-in-training, you are also educators-in-training, and we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to develop and apply your skills as professional educators and presenters, while showcasing your creativity, passion, vision, and mission for advancing the art and science of medicine.

You can submit one or more abstracts in any of the following categories:

  • PATIENT-ORIENTED AND EPIDEMIOLOGY PROJECTS – These projects focus on the clinical patient-oriented and population-based research. Case studies are not accepted for consideration.
  • CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS – These projects focus on the development of education interventions, curricular innovations, and novel applications of technology to the learning process.
  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE PROJECTS – These projects deal with experiences related to contributing to the local community, improving access to resources, and increasing the quality of the lives of individuals and communities through direct action.
  • ADVOCACY AND GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM PROJECTS – These projects put vision and values into action. No matter the specific issue, showcase your work in organizing for the change you want to see become reality in the future of health care.
  • BASIC AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE PROJECTS – These projects include research focused on natural sciences and laboratory bench-top research.
  • CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT AND MEMBER ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS – These projects focus on chapter-based activities and initiatives designed to support the academic, professional, and personal growth of individual members and the effective integration of the AMSA chapter into the larger academic and professional communities of the home institution.
  • AMSA ACADEMY SCHOLARS PROGRAMS AND INSTITUTES PARTICIPANT PROJECTS – The abstracts for these projects should be submitted in the appropriate categories listed above. In the abstract submission form, you’ll be able to indicate which of the Scholars Programs or Institutes you participated in. Projects associated with a Scholars Program or Institute will be designated as such in the Abstract Program.


In order to be eligible to submit a project abstract for consideration, you must hold a valid AMSA membership.

For projects that are complete, you must be able to include data and results, and conclusions. As it is the case that negative findings are under-reported in research, we encourage you to submit abstracts for projects which have yielded negative findings.

For projects that are in process (not complete), you must be able to present a coherent and compelling vision, strategic priorities, and intended outcomes. Please note that “coherent and compelling” does not necessarily mean “fully fleshed out.” We invite you to submit abstracts for projects which might become more fully formed through the feedback from professional colleagues and peers.

If your project abstract is nominated for exhibition, your project will be displayed only if you register for and attend the 2016 AMSA National Convention. You must be present to participate in the project exhibition, including setting up and taking down your project during specified times before and after the session on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Submitting Your Project Abstract

The deadline to submit abstracts has passed (February 29).  We hope you will consider submitting next year!

Abstracts should be no longer than 350 – 400 words and follow a standard format:

  1. Background/Vision
  2. Methods/Process/Action
  3. Results/Impact
  4. Conclusions/Connections/Meanings

Ethical considerations for subjects should be mentioned, if applicable.

No charts, graphs, special characters, or formatting will be possible using the online abstract submission form. You must write your abstract in text paragraphs to avoid formatting errors online. If an image or sound file is essential to a Creative Arts Project abstract, the file must be sent directly to Dr. Alison Case (eaf@amsa.org).


The Selection Process

Abstracts will be reviewed for acceptance by AMSA’s Education and Advocacy Fellow.  These abstracts are not being considered for publication, only for presentation at AMSA’s Convention and Exposition.

The submitting author(s) of the abstract will be contacted no later than the 18th of each month following a submission deadline. Feedback on any submitted abstract may be obtained by contacting Dr. Alison Case (eaf@amsa.org).

***Special note for participants planning to ship their posters***

If you are planning to ship your poster to convention you will need to ship it directly to the AMSA Office in Sterling, rather than directly to the Crystal City Hyatt.  If shipped to the hotel, you will be charged a fee.

Please plan to have your poster arrive at the following address by Monday, March 28 to ensure we have it ready for you by the date of the session, Friday, April 1.

American Medical Student Association

c/0 Alison Case
45610 Woodland Rd
Suite 300
Sterling, VA, 20166

Abstract and Poster Judging

Accepted projects for the exhibition will be judged in a three-stage process. Prior to the project exhibition, abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of judges and ranked in their respective project category, based on consideration of the abstract only. Projects will then be further evaluated on site by judges during the project exhibition preview. Due to the number of projects that will be exhibited, not every author will be able to present to a judge; however, all projects will be evaluated on site by the members of the judging panel.

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