IAFP Poster Presentations

The purpose of the IAFP poster competition is to stimulate research by medical students, family medicine residents and active IAFP members, to provide a venue to share innovative and effective educational programs, to showcase unique community projects, and to encourage networking among medical students and residents with similar interests.

Eligibility: To enter the IAFP poster competition, medical students and family medicine residents must be 1) currently enrolled in an ACGME/AOA accredited residency program or LCME/COCA accredited medical school OR be an active member in good standing of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Presenters of accepted entries must be IAFP resident member, student member, or IAFP active member willing to attend the 2018 IAFP Clinical Education Conference on Friday, November 16 and be present at their displays during select exhibit hall hours.


Entries will be accepted in the following categories:

Research– Summarize the results of a well-defined basic or clinical research project, including a hypothesis, dependent and independent variables, tests for measures of association, succinct discussion of data, etc. All work should be original. Projects may involve observational or interventional studies.

Clinical Inquiry- Present a clinical scenario with discussion of an actual patient presentation or review current evidence-based recommendations for a clinical topic. A clinical case presentation must include an introduction, case description, and discussion of current practice guidelines for management of the patient. An evidence-based review need not be based on an actual patient presentation, but must provide a systematic review of the current best research evidence to answer a clinical question. The presentation should provide an evidence-based answer on a topic relevant to family medicine and common in everyday practice and include an evidence summary, recommendations from others, and clinical commentary. For a current list of AAFP-approved evidence-based medicine sources, visit -www.aafp.org/online/en/home/cme/cmea/ebcme/ebcmesources.html

Community Project– Describe personal experience working on a community-based initiative to improve the health of a specific population (e.g., providing adolescent AIDS education, working with school nurses to develop asthma action plans, establishing a health care program for the homeless, etc.). Student/resident applicant(s) must have served in a leadership role in the planning and execution of the project. The description should include an evaluation of the project.

Educational Program– Describe an educational program or curricular innovation that has been evaluated for its impact on medical student or resident training. Student/resident applicant(s) must have played a substantive role in the creation, implementation and/or evaluation of the target program. This may have been done in collaboration with faculty. An applicant(s) needs to state specifically the role he/she played in the program.

The subject of the poster presentation must be of value to family medicine and within the scope of family medicine. It may be based on course work or an extracurricular project. All poster projects must be completed at time of application. Entries may not be taken from previously published papers. Research projects will require documentation of consideration or approval from an institutional review board.


Application Process:

A formal application must be completed and submitted to the IAFP by October 10, 2018. An abstract of the poster presentation must be attached to the application. The 2018 application form and guidelines for preparing a poster presentation will be available at www.aafp.org/nc. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Entries accepted for presentation will be displayed in the IAFP Exhibit Hall. Displays will be limited to one side of a 3’ x 4’ tack board. The recommended poster size is 3’ x 4’. Guidelines for creating and displaying successful posters are available at www.aafp.org/nc. Costs associated with creating, shipping and storing the poster display will be the responsibility of the authors.

Authors will be required to staff their poster displays during select exhibit hours (Friday, November 16th from 6:50 am – 8:40 am, 9:20 am-10:00 am, 12:20 pm – 1:10 pm, 2:50 pm – 3:10 pm). These hours are subject to change.

Judging & Awards:

Entries will be peer-reviewed and judged on appropriateness and relevance to family medicine, the originality of the project, clarity of the presentation, and the validity of conclusions. Outstanding poster presentations will be recognized during the conference. The following awards will be given:

1st place: $100 Target gift card

2nd place: $50 Target gift card

IAFP Poster Presentation Application

Tips for Preparing a Poster Presentation