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Poster Presentation Guidelines


The Clinical Congress now offers researchers the opportunity to present the results of their original, basic science, clinical, education, health sciences and translational research for a poster presentation. Posters are a key component of communicating your research and an important element in your medical career. Posters, while delivering the same high-quality science, offer a different medium from either oral presentations of published papers and need to be treated accordingly. Posters should be considered a snapshot of your work intended to engage colleagues in a dialog about the work and encourage them to learn more.

Poster Eligibility: Faculty, Clinical Residents and Fellows, Postdoctoral Researchers and Fellows, Md-PhD (medical scientist) Students, Research Staff

Poster Topics: general surgery, abdominal surgery, paramedical and other medical disciplines.

Submission Guidelines:
- Maximum title word length: 60
- Maximum word count: 250
- Maximum number of authors: 10

Terms and Conditions of Submission:

1) If accepted, the presenting author must register to attend the conference
2) Upon completion of your submission, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.
3) Previously printed or published work is not permitted.
4) Poster selection will consider the quality of the study and demonstration of the poster's relevance to the conference themes.
5) Number of posters is limited and selection decision is performed by the Program Committee.
6) If accepted, first author will be notified by email
7) The presenting author is required to make the poster available as a pdf. file for posting on the ASAS website.
8) If accepted, and you want to publish, you can submit your poster as a full abstract for publication in the ASAS official journal Abdominal Surgery.

Presentation Time: Saturday and Sunday - times TBD. Posters should be ready for presentation at least 15 minutes prior to presenting.

Presentation Style: Free Discussion

Design and Layout Specs

  • Poster materials must be mounted on a 30" X 40" board (board provided by the American
  • Society of Abdominal Surgeons on-site at the meeting)
  • Board must be oriented in the landscape position (long dimension is horizontal)
  • Title, presenting author and all co-authors, affiliation(s) should be positioned at top-center of the board
  • Posters should read from left to right, and top to bottom. Numbering individual panels, or connecting them with arrows is a standard (see Figure 1)
  • Leave some open space in the design, an open layout is less tiring to the eye and mind


  • Word-process all text, print on plain white paper with a laser or inkjet printer
  • Text should be readable from five feet away (minimum font size 18 points)
  • Title should be short and compelling, at least 70-point font, all capital letters.


Visual aids are one of the most effective ways to make your presentation visually striking

  • Present numerical data in the form of a chart or graph, rather than a table
  • Use color to enhance comprehension, not decorate the poster
  • Text and visuals should be integrated, figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order they are mentioned in the text.


  • Writing for posters must be concise, precise and straightforward. Blocks of text should not exceed three paragraphs
  • Use text to (a) introduce the study (what hypothesis was tested or what problem was investigated? (b) explain visuals (c) state the interpretations/results obtained.
  • Text may include future research plans or questions for discussion with viewers
  • Cite and reference sources of information other than your own work at the end of the poster Restrictions
  • Instruments, components, or reagents are NOT permitted in the poster area
  • Posters which contain a corporate or organizational logo MUST be no larger than 6" x 6"

Miscellaneous Suggestions

  • Keep to the point and present sufficient data to support your conclusions.
  • First create a list of the visuals that you would use if you were describing your project only with the visuals. Write the text after you have created the list of visuals.
  • Rehearse a brief summary of your project prior to presenting, viewers will be in a hurry and will want a quick "guided tour" of your poster.
  • Make sure you are familiar enough with your poster that you can talk about it without looking at it


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