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Completed Studies & Award-winning Abstracts (Poster Presentation)

Abstracts of Completed Studies accepted to IMSH will be displayed as a mounted, printed poster from Sunday, January 27 - Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

Abstracts of Completed Studies accepted to IMSH will be presented poster-side during IMSH Professor Rounds on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 3:00 - 7:00 PM.

Oral presentations of award-winning abstracts will be presented in a special educational session on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

Accepted Research Abstracts - Completed Studies will be published in an online edition of Simulation in Healthcare in the Spring of 2019.

Research Study Development &  Presentation Program (Oral Presentation)

Oral presentations of accepted abstracts to the Research Study Development & Presentation Program will be presented with other similar projects in moderated, small group cohorts on Monday and Tuesday, January 28-29, 2019.

Registration Requirement

Both Poster and Oral Presenters of accepted abstracts must register for IMSH 2019. We do not offer discounted IMSH registration fees. Several registration options are available, including one-day registration.  Presenters are responsible for expenses incurred for IMSH registration, lodging, and travel to the meeting.  Presenters are encouraged to register prior to the Early Bird Registration deadline of November 15, 2018.  Presentation spots will NOT be held for presenters who have not registered by January 15, 2019. 

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Marketing and promotional content may NOT be included when presenting abstracts at IMSH 2019.

Protection of Intellectual Property

Research content presented at IMSH 2019 is the sole intellectual property of the principal investigator and contributing authors, and is not to be copied, used or shared for any purpose without express written consent.

Tips for Preparing and Discussing Your Mounted, Printed Poster (Accepted Completed Studies and Award-winners)

The following are some tips for designing your mounted, printed poster.  These tips are meant to serve as guidelines.  Your institution may also have some suggested best practices in poster design as well.

POSTER SIZE  The overall size of the final poster can be no more than 8 ft in width by 4 ft in height (2.44 m x 1.22 m).  Posters larger than this will not fit on the boards. 

If using PowerPoint to prepare your poster, the final poster size can be set by opening the slide, clicking on the design tab, then clicking on page setup in the task bar.  Both width and height should then be set to less than 48 inches, though the exact proportion is up to you.

POSTER PRINTING  The Society is offering a poster printing service this year.  Check back to this page for printing instructions. 

POSTER TEXT  Keep the poster text to a minimum, using short phrases and bullets to share information instead of lengthy paragraphs.

Use larger fonts (35-40 point or larger) to enhance readability.  Calibri, Arial, and Times New Roman are good fonts to use.

POSTER ID  Please include your assigned poster ID# and the poster submission category (Research, Program Innovation, Technology Innovation) in the top left corner. Include first names in the author list to encourage discussion.
  • Use headings for each section. Most research posters will include at least the following headings:
  • Introduction (problem studied, background information with key references, knowledge gap)
  • Purpose (succinct statement of the purpose of the study)
  • Materials and Methods (describe your study methods, sample, simulation equipment used)
  • Results (use graphs and tables to highlight your data)
  • Discussion (synthesis of the work, comparison of the results with current literature)
  • Conclusion (what is the value to practice, education, sim community)
  • Information should flow top to bottom and left to right.
  • Use color to accent your poster, but be careful not to let it be distracting.
  • Make sure all graphs and pictures have a legend that describes them.
  • Describe the work you have done to interested individuals in a succinct manner using different words (do not read your poster).
  • Prepare a 5 minute talk that briefly reviews the highlight of your work and complements the information that is on your poster. 
  • Consider preparing a handout with talking points if attendees have additional questions.
  • Bring business cards so if anyone would like more information they can easily contact you later.
Tips for Preparing and Presenting Oral Presentations (Award-winners and Research Study Development & Presentation Program Abstracts)

Download the template of three pre-designed, PowerPoint slides for use in designing your presentation. 

  • The finished PowerPoint file will be displayed on the ePoster kiosks in a searchable loop, and will also be available for your formal oral presentation.
  • Please include your assigned poster ID# and the poster’s submission category (WIP-Research, WIP-Program Innovation, WIP-Technology Innovation) in the top left corner.
  • Include first names in the author list to encourage discussion.
  • The slide template includes both headings and suggested font sizes. Do not overcrowd your slides with too much information and too small a font.  You will want the audience to be able to read what is on the slide.
  • Select the most critical information to put on the slides and the information that will tell the audience the most about your study.
  • Do not read your slides during the oral presentation. Use this opportunity to add verbal information to the presentation so the audience gains information.
  • Plan on no more than 1-2 minutes per slide to ensure you stay within the 5 minute time frame.  If possible, leave a few extra minutes for questions.
  • If using graphics, keep them simple so the audience can understand them.  Pay close attention to the use of color so that it is not distracting.
  • Dynamic visual elements may be embedded within the slides, provided that they convey useful information and do not cause the presentation to go over its allotted time.
  • Do a practice run with friends or colleagues.
Please note that your most current slides MUST be uploaded to the IMSH presentation system no later than Thursday, January 24, 2019.  We encourage you to also bring your Oral Presentation on a flash drive as a back-up for your presentation .  Failure do to so will be interpreted as withdrawal of your work from the conference

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