25th Annual AMSA Poster Session
Submission deadline extended! Submit your abstract for the 2020 virtual AMSA poster session by Monday, March 30 at 11:59PM PT
Due to recent developments regarding COVID-19, we are reconfiguring the 2020 AMSA Convention & Exposition scheduled for April 16-19 in Washington, D.C., from an in-person event to a virtual experience. This is experience will include a virtual poster session. Presenters will be able to interact with judges and other attendees virtually to present their projects and receive feedback.
The 25th Annual AMSA Project, Research, and Experience Exhibition selection committee invites you to submit your scholarly activity for consideration to be included in the Poster Exhibition! The Exhibition is your opportunity to develop your presentation skills while showcasing your creativity, passion, and vision for advancing the art and science of medicine.
Medical student submissions will be given priority throughout the rolling acceptance process. Premedical students may submit at any time, but submissions will only be considered after February 1, 2020. From basic and translational science to patient oriented projects, to 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 welcomes 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 are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of their projects. We likewise encourage not only individuals, but also encourage AMSA Chapters to submit posters of their chapter activities throughout the year to highlight ways their AMSA members are locally engaged to raise their chapter’s profile and foster new conversations with AMSA chapters in all regions.
You can submit one or more abstracts in any of the following categories:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 community organizing for the change you want to see become reality in the future of healthcare.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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. 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:
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). Tacks will be provided.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
All poster session participants are expected to make their own arrangements to bring their posters. Unfortunately, the AMSA National Office will not be accepting any poster shipments. If shipped directly to the Crystal City Hyatt, 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 on site by judges during the poster session. 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.