A few months ago I presented my second poster at a medical conference. The first was at American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 Scientific Sessions in Chicago. This past one was the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 Scientific Sessions. As a pre-med, standing among residents, fellows, and attendings can be nerve-wracking and intimidating. Presenting two poster does not make me an expert by any means, but I’d like to share some tips!
#1 Review, Review, Review
To present a topic, you should know the ins and outs of what you’re presenting. Know the trends of data, the specifics of procedures, and other important general ideas should be easy to recite off the top of your head.
#2 Know Imaging on Your Poster
As pre-meds, we don’t have as much experience with specific procedures. If you’re using imaging like X-rays, CTs, or ultrasounds, review the images. Many physicians at the conference will zero in on those images.
#3 Discuss Common Questions with Your Attending
Anticipate questions that are likely asked about your research. The most common one I’ve heard is “Can you tell me about your poster?” Prepare a little elevator speech summarizing your research.
#4 Be Confident!
My mentor likes to say “no one knows more about a poster than the person who wrote it.” You are the expert on your poster. Remember that when people call you into question.
I hope these tips help. Presenting posters always makes me nervous. I hope my experiences improve with time. Please feel free to share your tips. Happy presenting!