Research Poster Competition

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Research Poster Competition

TAFP’s Annual Session and Primary Care Summit promotes scholarly activity by family medicine students, residents, and physicians; providing a unique opportunity to share research with the TAFP membership.

The competition is sponsored by the TAFP Foundation and the TAFP Commission on Public Health, Clinical Affairs, and Research. The posters are designed to demonstrate a specific practice-based research activity, an evidenced-based review, or a case report (students only) — with an emphasis on practice-based research.

Due to the pandemic all live meetings this year are tentative, but the poster competition will happen whether we display the posters at a live meeting or not.


Application process:

The online application must be submitted by August 3, 2020. An abstract must accompany the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. There are required elements for the abstract. Use this document as a guide for your abstract.

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  • Medical student, resident physician, or physician TAFP/AAFP Member
  • Topic must be of value to and within the scope of family medicine


  1. Primary Research
  2. Evidence-based Review
  3. Case Report (students only)

Evaluation criteria:

  • Relevance to family medicine
  • Quality of study design
  • Appropriateness of data analysis
  • Strong conclusion


  • April 17 | Application opens
  • August 3 | Application closes
  • August 7 | Abstracts and scoring sheets sent to reviewers for review #1
  • August 28 | Reviewers’ score sheets due back to TAFP
  • August 31 | Acceptance decisions go to primary contact
  • September 25 | Final poster submission deadline (PDF version)
  • October 12 | Final posters and scoring sheets sent to reviewers for review #2
  • October 30 | Reviewers’ score sheets due back to TAFP
  • November 2 | TAFP notifies participants of scoring results
  • November 7 | Poster displays

Additional information:

  • All research must be completed at the time of application. 
  • Each abstract and poster will undergo a review process by family physicians on the Commission of Public Health, Clinical Affairs, and Research.  Applicants whose submissions have been accepted will be notified via email. Accepted entries must then submit PDF versions of their posters for winner determination.
  • Every program is encouraged to participate, but TAFP has limited space. If more than 30 submissions are received by the deadline, acceptance may be limited on the number of submissions per individual, residency program, or medical school.  
  • Participants will print and provide the posters for on-site presentation at TAFP’s Annual Session and Primary Care Summit on a TAFP-provided 8' x 4' bulletin board surface. All posters must be set up by 9 a.m. on Saturday and remain on display until 5 p.m. Researchers must be present on-site and are encouraged to stand by their poster during the Saturday afternoon poster viewing session.
  • Of the entries selected for display, the top three residents and top two physicians in both the Primary Research and Evidence-based Review categories and the top two students in all three categories are awarded plaques. In addition, the resident winners receive cash prizes and the overall highest-scoring resident receives funding for travel to a national research conference. 

Questions? Contact Jean Klewitz at