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AMSA Annual Poster Session

AMSA Annual Poster Session

Thank you to everyone who submitted posters and attended Convention this year – you helped make our event a success!


Information about the 2022 Poster Session is coming soon.

The 26th Annual AMSA Project, Research, and Experience Exhibition took place on March 6th, 2021 at 4:30pm ET. The Poster Session served as an opportunity to develop presentation skills while showcasing creativity, passion, and vision for advancing the art and science of medicine. 

From basic and translational science to patient-oriented projects, endeavors in public health, advocacy and health policy, community service, and curriculum design and medical education, we recognize that AMSA members enrich their training and build their communities as future physicians in many ways. This exhibition welcomed posters reflecting not only completed projects, but also projects at any stage of the design and implementation process. Students from past and current Scholars Programs and Institutes in the AMSA Academy were strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of their projects. We likewise encouraged not only individuals, but also AMSA Chapters to submit posters of their chapter activities throughout the year to highlight ways their AMSA members were locally engaged to raise their chapter’s profile and foster new conversations with AMSA chapters in all regions.

Presenters submitted one or more abstracts in any of the following categories:

  • Abortion-related and Reproductive Justice projects: These projects focused on issues related to abortion care, including access, coverage, or direct provision. They described abortion-related research, advocacy efforts, and community service. Participants submitting in this category were eligible to have all Convention-related expenses covered through AMSA’s Reproductive Health Project.
  • 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. 
  • AMSA Academy Scholars Programs and Institutes participant projects: In the abstract submission form, participants were able to indicate which of the Scholars Programs or Institutes they participated in. Projects associated with a Scholars Program or Institute are designated as such in the Abstract Booklet.
  • Basic and translational science projects: These projects included 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.
  • Chapter activities: Leaders shared what their chapters have been doing, the motivation for initiatives, and the accomplishments they’ve enjoyed.
  • Community development and service projects: These projects dealt with experiences related to educating and contributing to the local patient community by improving access to resources and increasing the quality of the life.
  • Curriculum development and educational projects (including wellness and mental health): These projects focused on the development of education interventions, curricular innovations, and novel applications of technology to the learning process in medical education.
  • Patient-oriented and epidemiology projects: These projects focused on clinical patient-oriented and population-based research. Case reports and studies were accepted on a limited basis.

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. 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.

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 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 a People’s Choice winner. Award winners will receive a certificate and cash prize.

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 poster session. 

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