Medical Education

TIPS to Create a Good Conference Presentation/Poster

Title: must be effective so that it conveys the main topics of the study, it highlights the importance of the research, its concise and attract the reader.

Introduction and Justification: Provides the background necessary to understand your study and the reasons why you did it. It presents the question to be studied. The background must be balanced, using current and relevant references (citations). Follow the background with the Why of the study. Why is this study important?. End the section with a single line stating your study aims.

Methods: This section must provide all the necessary information on how you did the study. Must include: Description of what you did; characteristics of the sample (demographic information); description of any new methods you incorporated; state all the statistical test and why.

Results: States what you found in your study but do not interpret the results or discuss the implications (leave this for the Conclusion/Discussion section). Show the results in a logical order and always use past tense. Do not duplicate data already included in a table, into a text. Use the text to summarize what the reader will find in the table; or highlight a couple of important points in the table. Include the results from the statistical analysis in the text, explaining statistically significant differences. Include pictures, graphs, tables to explain the results.

Conclusion and Discussion: This is the interpretation of your results. Start with the most important and end with the least important. Compare your results with those from other studies and explain how is your study different. Include inconclusive results and limitations of the study. End the section with a discussion of what your results mean and how it contributes to the current knowledge of the topic. Mention if you are doing further research on the topic.

Acknowledgments and references: Acknowledge anyone who helped you with the study/funding.

References: Follow the APA guidelines on how to write a reference.

Are you submitting a good abstract? Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Does the abstract capture the interest of a potential reader of the paper?

2. Is the abstract well written in terms of language, grammar, etc.?

3. Does the abstract engage the reader by telling him or her what the paper is about and why they should read it?

4. Does the abstract title describe the subject being written about?

5. Does the abstract make a clear statement of the topic of the paper and the research question?

6. Does the abstract say how the research was/is being undertaken?

7. Does the abstract indicate the value of the findings and to whom will they be of use?

8. Does the abstract describe the work to be discussed in the paper?

9. Does the abstract give a concise summary of the findings?

10. Does the abstract conform to the word limit of 300 words?

11. Does the abstract have between 5 and 10 keywords or phrases that closely reflect the content of the paper?

12. Should the abstract be accepted?