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Steps to Success Poster Presentation Instructions

2017 Medical Students' Steps to Success Abstract Competition

Abstracts for poster presentations must be entered using the online electronic submission form found on the chapter News &  Meetings page. Deadline for abstracts is Midnight on Saturday February 25, 2017.

You can start putting your poster up at 7:30 AM on the day of the meeting. All posters must be up by 8:15 AM for judging. Posters can be taken down after 11:00 AM . You must be available to stand by your poster from 8:30 to 9:30 AM on the meeting day. Any posters not removed by 6:00 PM will be removed by the meeting staff and may not be returned to the authors.

Poster Specifications:

Your poster must not exceed these measurements: 42 inches in width and 30 inches in height. You should have a headline banner that lists the title, the authors, and their affiliations. Ensure your font size is appropriate, as posters should be readable by viewers up to five feet away.

Poster Essential Suggestions:


State a single concept, idea, question, or hypothesis that best defines your research.

Poster has:

1. Title across the top
2. 3-5 sentence introduction
3. Conclusions at the lower right
4. Methods and results fill rest of poster


1. Banner readable from 15-20 feet away
2. First name of authors (initials are acceptable)
3. Middle initials and titles are not necessary
4. Abbreviations where possible
5. City names and states can be dropped from institutional affiliations


1. Muted colors, or shades of gray, are best for background
2. Use light background for darker photos, darker background for lighter photos
3. Use a neutral background (gray) to emphasize color in photos, a white
background to reduce impact of colored photos.


1. Self-explanatory graphics should dominate the poster
2. A minimal amount of text material should supplement the graphic materials
3. Use regions of empty space between poster elements to differentiate and
accentuate these elements
4. Graphic material should be visible easily from a minimum distance of 6 feet
5. Restrained use of 2-3 colors for emphasis is valuable; overuse is not


1. Double-space all text, using left-justification; text with even left sides
and jagged right sides is easiest to read
2. Text should be read easily from at least 6 feet
3. Section headings - use Helvetica, Boldface, 36 point
4. Supporting text - (Intro text, figure captions, etc.) use Helvetica,
24 point (boldface, if appropriate)
5. Narrative details should be brief and no smaller than 18 point
6. If more detail is needed, come to session with handouts

Additional Options:

1. Use larger size (36 point) for the Conclusion text, and a smaller size
(18 point) for Methods text
2. Be consistent - one font throughout