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The Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians is seeking submissions for a Fall Virtual Scientific Research Poster Contest. The purpose of the competition is to profile our family medicine residents and students and provide a venue to share research activities.  All submissions will be displayed online at Our judges will review the poster submissions and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded.  The winners will be recognized on the LAFP website, in The Weekly Family Medicine Update and in a future publication of The Louisiana Family Doctor.

Important Dates

August 21, 2020   Online Submissions Open
October 16, 2020   Deadline for Submissions
October - November 2020             Posters displayed online at
November 10, 2020      Winners announced in The Weekly Family Medicine Update


The categories include:
  • Research:  Summarize the results of a well-defined basic or clinical research project, including a hypothesis, dependent and independent variables, tests for measures of association, succinct discussion of data, etc.  All work should be original.  Projects may involve observational or interventional studies. 
  • Clinical Inquiry/Quality:  Present a clinical scenario with discussion of an actual patient presentation or review current evidence-based recommendations for a clinical topic.  A clinical case presentation must include an introduction, case description, and discussion of current practice guidelines for management of the patient.  An evidence-based review need not be based on an actual patient presentation but must provide a systematic review of the current best research evidence to answer a clinical question.  The presentation should provide an evidence-based answer on a topic relevant to family medicine and common in everyday practice and include an evidence summary, recommendations from others, and clinical commentary. 
  • Community Project:  Describe personal experience working on a community-based initiative to improve the health of a specific population (e.g., providing adolescent AIDS education, working with school nurses to develop asthma action plans, establishing a health care program for the homeless, etc.).  Student/resident applicant(s) must have served in a leadership role in the planning and execution of the project.  The description should include an evaluation of the project. 
  • Patient Safety:  Submissions can report on efforts to improve patient safety or outcomes measurement. Such efforts may be projects developed and initiated to promote patient safety and/or processes that have improved or created a safer environment for patients. Abstracts may also be submitted that relate to the use of outcome data, how to measure and convert data into information.
  • Educational Program:  Describe an educational program or curricular innovation that has been evaluated for its impact on medical student or resident raining.  Student/resident applicant(s) must have played a substantive role in the creation, implementation and/or evaluation of the target program.  This may have been done in collaboration with faculty.  An applicant(s) needs to state specifically the role he/she played in the program. 


To enter the LAFP poster competition, medical students and family medicine residents must be:
  1. Currently enrolled in an ACGME/AOA accredited residency program or LCME/COCA accredited medical school
  2. An active member in good standing of the Louisiana Academy Family Physicians and of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Submission Requirements

  1. The subject of the poster presentation may be based on coursework or an extracurricular activity that is within the scope of family medicine and of value to family medicine.
  2. Entries should include a pdf copy of the poster AND short abstract (500 words or less). 
  3. The abstract must match the title of the poster exactly and list the author(s).  A full abstract is not required. 
  4. All projects must be completed at the time of application. 
  5. Research projects from 2019 are eligible for submission unless previously submitted to the 2019 LAFP Poster Competition.
  6. The deadline to submit posters for consideration is October 16, 2020

Instructions for Submission

Poster submissions for consideration should be emailed to Lee Ann Albert:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before October 16, 2020 as a pdf copy of the poster and include the abstract, head shot and short personal bio.  Only complete submissions will be accepted.  Please call/text Lee Ann at 225.301.1947 with any questions.The information listed below will be needed for your submission.

  1. Poster Title:
  2. Author Name(s):
  3. Contact Information – First and Last Name of the primary author
  4. AAFP ID Number(s)
  5. Designation – MD or DO
  6. Personal Email
  7. Cell Phone Number
  8. Head Shot
  9. Short personal bio profile


The judges will review each submission based on the following criteria:
  • Appropriateness and relevance to family medicine
  • The originality of the project
  • Clarity of the presentation
  • Scientific merit
  • Validity of conclusions


  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded.

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