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Poster Sessions

Poster Session | 28th Annual

Present your research project to a VIP panel of AMSA experts and leaders at AMSACon here you can promote your work— hone your public speaking skills, network with influencers and boost your CV. (Oh, and win prizes if you nail it!) This is AMSA’s Poster Session — a huge convention draw every single year.

The main gist

The Poster Session is where you can showcase your passion for advancing the art and science of medicine in specific areas that matter to you. We welcome completed projects or research in progress! AMSA’s National Leaders are on standby for guidance and collaboration as you architect your abstract (due May 1) and presentation. During AMSACon, you present to (and network with) a panel of VIP judges — and winners are selected for 8 different categories. (Hello cash prizes! National notoriety! Portfolio boosters!)

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Some juicy FAQs

Who can submit?

In order to be eligible to submit a project abstract for consideration, you must be a current medical or premedical student and hold a valid AMSA membership.

For projects that are complete, you must be able to include data and results, and conclusions. Because 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 is accepted for exhibition, in order to be displayed during the poster session at convention, at least one of your poster’s authors must register for convention. Posters may be presented in teams, but all presenters must register to attend convention.

Medical and Premedical students may submit abstracts at any time up through May 1, 2023  

AMSA’s 28th Annual Poster Session will be held in person during AMSACon in June.

No, we welcome posters reflecting not only completed projects, but also projects at any stage of the design and implementation process. AMSA values the process and effort towards research, and acknowledges the value in this learning experience. 

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Only one abstract may be submitted per author.

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, attach it directly to the abstract submission form. Email submissions will not be accepted or reviewed.

For those submitting Chapter Activities posters, please submit a 350 – 400 word abstract explaining the overall endeavors and successes of your chapter. For those submitting a case report, please submit a 350-400 word abstract explaining a case introduction, patient presentation and disease course, intervention and management, and outcome and discussion. Case reports will be considered on a limited basis according to the rarity or unusual nature of the case.

Individual posters must be no larger than 40 inches (102 cm) x 40 inches (102 cm). We strongly suggest a poster size of 30 inches (77 cm) x 40 inches (102 cm).

Reviews of abstracts for acceptance are overseen by the AMSA GoodRx Education and Advocacy Fellow and selection committee as appropriate. These abstracts are not being considered for publication, only for presentation at AMSA’s Convention and Exposition. Acceptances are issued on a rolling basis, but are competitive due to limited availability of presentation space. For questions, contact eaf@amsa.org. Each category of submission will have an overall winner, and the poster session will also have an overall winner. Award winners will receive a certificate and cash prize.

All poster session participants are expected to make their own arrangements to bring or upload their posters. Unfortunately, the AMSA National Office will not be accepting any poster shipments. If shipped directly to the Phoenix Sheraton Downtown, the hotel will charge a fee.

Prior to the poster session at convention, accepted abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of judges and ranked in their respective project category. Projects will then be further evaluated by judges during the convention. Due to the number of posters exhibited, not every author will be able to present to a judge; however, all will be evaluated on site by the members of the judging panel.

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Categories for submission

You can submit an abstract in any of the following categories — these are the categories for judging and awarding. 

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Advocacy, Grassroots, and Policy projects

These projects put our vision for social change and AMSA values into action by showcasing how medical trainees engage elected officials and decision makers. No matter the specific issue, showcase your work in your community organizing for the change you want to see become reality in the future of healthcare.

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Community development and service projects

These projects deal with experiences related to educating and contributing to the local patient community by improving access to resources and increasing the quality of the life.

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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 in medical education.

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Patient-oriented and epidemiology projects

These projects focus on clinical patient-oriented and population-based research. Case reports and studies are accepted on a limited basis.

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Basic and translational science projects

These projects include research focused on natural sciences and laboratory bench-top research, as well as how basic science innovation seeks to improve human health and well-being.

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Reproductive Justice and Abortion-related projects

These projects will focus on issues related to abortion care, including access, coverage, or direct provision. They can describe abortion-related research, advocacy efforts, or community service. Note! Participants submitting in this category can be eligible to have all Convention-related expenses covered through AMSA’s Reproductive Health Project. Learn more and apply for a Convention scholarship here.

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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.

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Chapter activities

Share what your chapter has been doing, the motivation for initiatives, and the accomplishments you’ve enjoyed. This is a great way to promote your chapter and connect with like-minded influencers and other chapters across the country and globe.

Looking for inspiration? Check out the 2022 Abstract Booklet below.