Preparing a Poster Presentation for the Expo

Locke and Mike at SRM 525.jpgA poster presentation is a graphic display of your project using text, graphs, tables, and photos on professionally printed posters to publicize a project, generate interest and educate others on the project's outcomes. Your poster should be self-explanatory, allowing you to supplement the content, discuss details, and answer questions during the poster session. At least one member of the authoring team must be present during the poster session. 

For posters representing the University of South Alabama, the USA logo must remain right justified at the level of the title of your poster as provided in the templates below. The title, author(s), department, and USA attribution should remain the standard font and size. If the list of authors wraps onto an additional line, be sure that an author’s name and their credential(s) are on the same line. The project leader should be listed as the first author, followed by the other members of the team with the faculty mentor(s) listed last. Posters should be free of commercial content. Literature reviews and case reports will not be considered for the poster competition.

Clinical and Translational Research

Posters in the Research Category should include the project's objective, hypothesis, methods, data collection, and analysis. Research projects must have acquired appropriate IRB or other approval prior to starting the research project. This documentation should be included with the poster submission. Reference on the poster should be made to the IRB or other approval unless the project was exempt from such approval; this should be indicated on the poster. 

Quality Improvement and Performance Improvement

Since the USA Health System has adopted the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle format for improvement projects, posters in the Improvement Category should demonstrate the use of this quality improvement tool, including the project's aim statement, the planned intervention, the metrics used in data collection during the project, the outcome analysis, and the actions implemented as a result of the project. 

Patient Safety, Patient Education, and Patient Advocacy

The patient's experience should be at the heart of this poster with an emphasis on influencing patient outcomes. Posters focusing on patient safety should cover how the project contributed to improvements in patient safety and the delivery of consistently high quality safe care either quantitatively or qualitatively. The poster should provide evidence that the team’s work has considered existing best practice. If the poster focuses on the education and/or advocacy aspect, the poster should include content from an associated patient education campaign or advocacy efforts and evidence the impact of the project on the target population’s health. 

Clinical Vignettes

Clinical vignette posters are case-based (i.e. case reports) scientific posters that most often present a classic example of unusual process or an unusual presentation common condition. These posters frequently include Learning Objective(s), Case Information and Implications, and Discussion. Clinical Vignette posters will be displayed during the Expo, but this category will not be part of the poster competition.  

Poster Specifications

If the author(s) anticipate submitting/presenting the poster at a societal or educational meeting, the size of the poster should meet the requirements of the anticipated meeting. Do not have the poster reprinted for the USA Residents and Fellows Exposition. Otherwise, posters should be 48" x 48" square. Posters can be created effectively using Microsoft PowerPoint. The following templates are provided:

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