23rd Annual AMSA Poster Session

23rd Annual AMSA Poster Session

Submissions deadline: February 25.

The 23rd 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.  The session takes place on Friday during the Annual AMSA Convention and Exhibition at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Washington, DC, March 9, 2018. As physicians-in-training, you are also educators-in-training, and we encourage you to take this opportunity to develop and apply your skills while showcasing your creativity, passion, vision, and mission for advancing the art and science of medicine.

This is your opportunity to show and share your work on a wide range of issues and in diverse contexts.  This exhibition welcomes posters reflecting not only completed projects but also projects at any stage of the design and implementation process. This is a chance to inspire colleagues and mentors to help you achieve even greater levels of success and results through feedback which can be incorporated into the ongoing evaluation and execution of your project.

Students from past and current Scholars Programs and Institutes are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of their projects. In fact, we especially encourage students to submit abstracts for projects that are still in development or active implementation.

This year, we are pleased to include the AMSA Chapter Poster Pavilion.  Submit your abstract explaining what your chapter has been involved with on the local level. The Pavilion is a great way to raise your chapter’s profile, encourage additional engagement, and begin new conversations around AMSA activities throughout all regions. Posters in the pavilion will not be included in the judging.

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.
  • 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.
  • Chapter activities: Share what your chapter has been doing, the motivation for initiatives, and the accomplishments you’ve enjoyed.

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 2018 AMSA National Convention.  Submitters whose posters are selected for inclusion receive a $50 discount on registration*.  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, March 9, 2018.

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. Daniel H. Gouger ([email protected]).

For those submitting abstracts for the Chapter Poster Pavilion, please submit a 350 – 400 word abstract explaining the overall endeavors and successes of your chapter.

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. Daniel H. Gouger ([email protected]).

***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 National Office in Sterling, VA, 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 Friday, March 2, to ensure we have it ready for you by the date of the session, Friday, March 9. After this date, AMSA staff will not be at this location to accept delivery of your poster shipment.

American Medical Student Association
c/o Dr. Daniel H. Gouger
45610 Woodland Rd
Suite 300
Sterling, VA, 20166

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.

*Discount applied after individually registering for the event.  Cannot be combined with other offers, promotions, or applied to group rates.