ACMS 2020 Poster Symposium

The ACMS 2020 Research Poster Symposium has been postponed until Fall 2020 

After considerable deliberations, the ACMS Board has decided to postpone the final Judging portion of the 2020 ACMS Research Poster Symposium until Fall 2020.

We are encouraging Fellows, Residents and Medical Students to continue submitting competition posters through the new deadline of September 15th. All posters submitted thus far will remain as accepted into the competition, and be considered for judging at that time. The final date of judging is yet to be determined.  Poster scores that have been received from preliminary judging rounds will carryover with the project’s overall score.

Thanks to everyone for participating in this event and we look forward to the time when this pandemic is behind us.  If you have any questions, please contact us at for further clarification.

North Florida Regional Medical Center, South Tower

Sponsored by:

Graduate Medical Education - North Florida Regional Medical Center

The Alachua County Medical Society invites all Alachua County Residents, Students and Fellows to submit an online application and abstract to present a scientific poster at the 3rd Annual ACMS Poster Symposium. The symposium is divided into two categories (Basic Research and Clinical Case Reports) and provides young physicians with an opportunity to network and share their significant research and clinical work with colleagues, professors and peers.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

General Poster Symposium Categories: Basic Research and Clinical Case Report

Platform Presentation: The authors of the 50 Abstracts with the highest score in advanced judging will be invited to present their posters at the 2020 ACMS Poster Symposium event on Wednesday evening, April 29th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. At the competition, onsite judges will review and score the posters, and select the three highest scoring posters as the winners of the event.

Rules for Submission of Posters:

  • Presenting author(s) must be a resident, fellow or medical student in Alachua County
  • Abstracts must be emailed to or submitted online at (under Events) no later than March 15, 2020 (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • Presenting author(s) MUST be able to attend the symposium on Wednesday evening, April 29, 2020
  • Applicants are limited to ONE abstract submission per author
  • Each author may present ONE poster only at the April 29 presentation
  • Download templates for your poster at The presentation should be presented on a single poster. The project must be printed on paper and mounted on poster board prior to presentation.
  • The poster upload deadline is March 15, 2020.
  • Save your file using the naming convention lastname.firstname.
  • We will only accept landscape presentations. Set page dimensions at 40.97” x 23.04”, which is a 16:9 ratio.
  • Your presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes, including time for Q&A with the judges.
  • Judging for the general poster competition will take place between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm.
  • Length should be 1 page of content.
  • Limit your e-poster file size to 100 MBs or fewer.

Content and Ethical Considerations: Posters are intended to convey a scientific result and may not contain advertisements for commercial interests, products or services. Volunteer physician members of the ACMS will make final decisions about eligibility. The ACMS reserves the right to deny any application that, in the opinion of the reviewers, is deemed promotional, commercial or unethical.

The three highest scoring projects will each receive a $500 scholarship from the ACMS and be automatically accepted into the Florida Medical Association 2020 David Paulus Poster Symposium in Orlando Florida, August 1, 2020. To qualify for prizes: author must upload abstract by March 15th for advance judging AND be available to present the poster on Wednesday, April 29th during the General Poster Competition at NFRMC from 6:00 – 8:00pm. The winners will be announced at the end of the evening on April 29th. All Poster Presenters are invited to attend the General Poster Competition event on April 29th. A formal presentation of the awards will be presented to the top three posters at the May 12th ACMS Annual Awards Meeting Dinner. The three winners must also submit their posters in E-format for the FMA research poster competition on August 1, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

Advanced judging: Eligible presentations will be reviewed by a team of Judges based on the following CRITERIA:

  • Project/case report design and methods: Project/clinical vignette is clearly designed; scientific/clinical procedures are appropriate and well organized; Author uses a logical scientific method and appropriate methodology/relevant history, physicals, and complementary studies are included; Presenter exhibits a good understanding of the methods used/case report.
  • Data: Effort has been made to identify all significant variables affecting the experimental results/case report, and those variables not manipulated as part the experimental design have been controlled or there is an organized and logical algorithm of case presentation; Clinical topic is interesting and relevant to scientific knowledge; Data is presented in a clear and understandable manner with an effort to eliminate bias.
  • Discussion/Conclusion: The effect of experimental error was estimated and considered when drawing the discussion/conclusion or the discussion/conclusion are relevant and pertinent to the case; Potential pitfalls and limitations of the project/case have been addressed; The discussion and conclusion use relevant sources to compare and contrast the information that exists in literature; the conclusion is consistent with the date and/or observations/case.
  • Organization/Visual Presentation: Visuals are easy to read and logically organized; Grammar and syntax are correct.

On-site Judging: In addition to the above criteria, poster presenters will be available for questions on the night of the symposium and will be evaluated based on the author’s ability to achieve the following:

  • Explain the project/case report concisely
  • Clarify the relevance of the project/case
  • Answer questions thoroughly

Competition Poster Specifications: Physical Poster size for NFRMC presentation: 41 inches x 23 inches or a maximum of 36×48”. All posters must be mounted on foam core at the NFRMC presentation.

If the poster is to advance to the FMA State competition, the size must be 40.97” x 23.04” to be submitted electronically. See guidelines below.

E-Poster formatting Guidelines: (for winners that are selected to present at the FMA meeting)

  • Slide/e-poster size: 40.97 inches by 23.04 inches. Presentation slides should be set to this size, which is a 16:9 ratio at 1080p resolution (1920×1080 pixels)
  • Save presentation as .pptx to ensure all of your embedded images and videos are included
  • Check all of your hyperlinks to make sure they direct to your desired slide
  • Save all mathematical formulas to images (.jpg, .png) when embedding or uploading your Excel file along with your presentation
  • Embedded videos can only be displayed in the following formats: .mov, .mp4, .m4v and mpeg. Upload the video file with your presentation.

Suggested Format for Abstracts:

  • Your poster should be a “visual overview” of your project or case.
  • It should be able to stand alone without any explanation or accompanying presentation.
  • Hone the available information, data, and graphics carefully so that everything included supports and contributes to the ability of your poster to convey an easy-to-grasp message.
  • Be sure added technology supports a quick visual overview of your project or case.
  • Judges want to see that you are able to artfully depict the scientific value of your project or case at a glance, rather than create a technological masterpiece that relies on embedded animations, videos, and pages of information.

Basic Research

  • Purpose: Why was this study/research performed?
  • Methods: How has this problem been studied?
  • Results: Principal data and statistical analysis?
  • Discussion: What is the interpretation of the data?
  • Conclusion: What is the relevance to practice or future research?
  • References: Provide up to three references if applicable.

Clinical Case Report

  • Introduction: Explain the background of the case, including the disorder, usual presentation and progression, and an explanation of the presentation if it is a new disease. Case presentation: Includes all relevant details concerning the case.
  • Conclusion: State clearly what can be concluded from the case report, and give a clear explanation of the importance and relevance of the case.

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ACMS Research Poster Symposium is sponsored by:

Graduate Medical Education - North Florida Regional Medical Center

Submit Your 2020 Research Poster