Global Health Days Poster Session Submission Instructions
The Center for Global Health, the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Student Committee on Global Health, and the Global Health Initiative are pleased to co-sponsor Feinberg’s Global Health Day on Monday, October 23, 2017. Global Health Days are an exciting opportunity to learn about Northwestern’s impactful contributions to global health care. This is an ideal forum for professional development and to network, build collaborations, and learn about colleagues’ global health work. Persons from all disciplines with projects relevant to global health are invited to submit an abstract for presentation. All members of the Northwestern community are welcome to attend.
Who May Present?
All interested students, residents, and fellows are encouraged to present and you need not travel internationally to do so. For example, students from the Program in Public Health and those doing an Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC) project with global public health relevancy are encouraged to submit abstracts.
Please check back for updates to the schedule and timeline as Feinberg’s Global Health Days approach.
- Friday, 9/15/17: Students confirm to CGH that you intend to present. Email email@example.com.
- Monday, 9/18/17: Abstracts submission deadline for review by CGH fellow
- Monday, 9/25/17: Abstracts returned to students with revisions
- Monday, 10/9/17: Final abstracts submission deadline & optional poster submission deadline for review
- Monday, 10/16/17: Final posters due to Quartet Printers
- Monday, 10/23/17: Feinberg Global Health Days Poster Session (Poster Session: 1 to 3 p.m.)
General Guidelines on Preparing Your Abstract
All Feinberg students and residents with projects relevant to global health are invited to submit an abstract for presentation. This includes projects that do not involve international travel, as long as the subject matter is applicable to global public health, resource-limited settings, and/or health disparities. The body of the abstract is limited to 500 words, not including the title and authors. Presenters should choose a Track (described below) most suitable to their project and follow the suggested abstract template. Participants can submit abstracts electronically by Monday, September 18th, to Natalie Sheneman, Education Program Assistant, Center for Global Health.
Early submissions are welcome. Presenters who choose to work in groups should only submit one abstract per group. If you have a mentor, obtaining his/her guidance early in the abstract preparation process is highly encouraged. Faculty and staﬀ at the Center for Global Health will also be available for assistance.
Abstract Review Procedures
All abstracts must be submitted by Monday, September 18th. The Global Health Fellow and faculty will review all abstracts and share comments no later than Monday, September 25th.
Guidance for Preparing Your Poster
Participants should choose the Track (described below) most suitable to their project and follow the suggested poster template. Posters should be exactly 3’ height x 5’ width. The provided easels open up to a triangle of 24’’ on each side and stand roughly 54’’-57’’ tall. In general, posters should:
- Avoid too much text. Figures, tables, and pictures are preferred whenever possible to text; when text is used, try to use bullets rather than paragraphs
- Highlight main ﬁndings; use boxes, arrows, or a bold color to highlight important points
- Read from left to right and top to bottom
- Have a consistent and basic color scheme, font, and text size; use a font size large enough to be read from a distance of 3 to 5 feet (i.e., 24-point)
- Any photos must be HIPAA compliant
Each group should print one poster. The cost will be covered by the Center for Global Health and the Global Health Initiative. Posters should be printed at Quartet Digital Printing, which is located in the Searle Building in Room B‐407. Tacks and poster board will be provided to mount posters for the Poster Session.
The Research Track is appropriate for basic science/laboratory and clinical research projects. These projects typically have clear research objectives, hypotheses, and methods. Many of these projects will have preliminary results and conclusions.
In general, research projects involve a comparison of two groups (i.e., exposed vs not exposed).
Examples of projects falling under the Research Track include but are not limited to:
- Laboratory work with novel methodologies or new applications of existing methodologies in a resource‐limited setting
- Prospective clinical research on disease processes, diagnostics, treatments, and/or outcomes
- Retrospective clinical research utilizing chart review or existing data
These templates provide suggested poster and abstract formats for Research Track submissions. While it may be appropriate to remove or re-word one or more headings for certain projects, the majority of Research Track projects should follow these basic formats.
Public Health and Epidemiology Track
The Public Health and Epidemiology Track is appropriate for experiences related to global health program or project implementation, management, and/or outcomes. These experiences typically describe public health experiences working with a speciﬁc patient population and/or in a speciﬁc geographic region. Unlike Research Track projects, Public Health and Epidemiology Track projects may focus on presenting an in-depth description of a global health experience with lessons learned rather than a statistical comparison between two groups.
Examples of projects topics falling under the Public Health and Epidemiology Track include but are not limited to:
- Regional health care delivery and proposals for policy development
- Burden of nosocomial outbreaks and infection control strategies in a resource‐limited health care setting
- Implementation or evaluation of a community or hospital health care program in a developing country
These templates provide suggested poster and abstract formats for Public Health and Epidemiology Track submissions. While it may be appropriate to remove or re-word one or more headings for certain projects, the majority of Public Health and Epidemiology Track projects should follow these basic formats.
Case Presentation Track
The Case Presentation Track is appropriate for those wishing to describe an unusual or otherwise instructive patient case from their global health rotation. Participants may discuss a patient with a tropical disease or an unusual manifestation of a more common disease process. Rather than simply describing the clinical case, presenters should use the case as a framework to address issues important to global health and/or health care in their host country.
Examples of themes that can be explored in the Case Presentation Track include but are not limited to:
- Ethical dilemmas relevant to health care in underdeveloped countries
- Cross‐cultural competency and communication
- Discussing diﬀerences in disease diagnostics, management, and/or outcomes between developed and underdeveloped countries
- Challenges of health care delivery in resource‐limited settings
These templates provide suggested poster and abstract formats for Case Presentation Track submissions. While it may be appropriate to remove or re‐word one or more headings for certain projects, the majority of Case Presentation Track projects should follow these basic formats.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does my poster have to present research?
A: No. Presenters may choose from one of three formats for their abstracts and posters: 1. Research (including basic science/laboratory and clinical work); 2. Public Health and Epidemiology; 3. Case Presentation. Each track has a distinct scope and suggested abstract and poster format as described above.
Q: When will I hear back about my abstract?
A: The Global Health Fellow and faculty will review all abstracts and share comments no later than Monday, September 25th.
Q: If I am presenting as part of a group, does each group member need to submit an abstract?
A: No. Group presenters should submit one abstract and designate one point person for all communications with the Center for Global Health.
Q: Will I need to pay for poster printing?
A: No. The Center for Global Health and the Global Health Initiative will cover the printing costs for one poster per group or individual participant.
Q: Can I submit more than one abstract?
A: Yes, you can submit more than one abstract. However, printing costs will only be covered for one poster per person.
Q: May I print my poster wherever I choose?
A: No. We have set up an account at Quartet Digital Printing which is located in the Searle Building in Room B‐407, which will allow participants to print their posters without incurring any personal expense.
Q: What size should my poster be?
A: Poster sizes should be exactly 3’ height x 5’ width. The provided easels open up to a triangle of 24’’ on each side and stand roughly 54’’‐57’’ tall.
Q: May I include photos in my poster?
A: Yes, but all photos must comply with HIPPA regulations and informed consent must be obtained from all subjects.
Students may download FSM’s waiver form for photography and video by clicking
Q: How many friends and mentors may I invite to the event?
A: We encourage each presenter to invite at least three people (friends, peers, mentors, etc.) who they expect will attend, however they are welcome to invite more.
Q: Do I need to apply for approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to present my poster and data?
A: Many presentations will likely not need IRB approval, but if you are conducting research and presenting data, you must follow all protocol and policies that were previously approved by the IRB and host‐institution’s ethics committee when the study was initially approved.
Q: May I use my own abstract and/or poster format that diﬀers from the online templates?
A: Yes, students may tailor the templates to best suit their speciﬁc projects. However, most submissions will closely resemble the abstract and poster template examples. If you have a mentor, please ask for his/her guidance early in the abstract and poster preparation process. Faculty and staﬀ at the Center for Global Health will also be available for assistance.
Q: Can I present my Global Health Days poster at future poster sessions, such as the AOSC or Public Health Program sessions?
A: Yes, you can present your Global Health Days poster again, as long as your AOSC or Public Health Program mentor approves.
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For More Information
The 2017 Global Health Research Fellow Samuel South, MD. Please contact him to set up an advisory meeting or with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact:
Natalie Sheneman, Education Program Assistant
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
645 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1058
Chicago, Illinois 60611