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Abstract Submission is Closed. 

Poster Guidelines

Congratulations to everyone who has been accepted to present a poster - we look forward to seeing you on April 27th!

Please see below for the poster guidelines: 

  • Suggested poster size is 36” x 48” and maximum size is 48” x 72”

  • Please include a title and the affiliated authors at the top of your poster

  • Please include the logo of the institution your research is affiliated with 

  • Be sure to include any appropriate acknowledgments and references

  • Titles should be 120 pt font

  • Body of text for your poster should be between 50-60 pt font

  • Make all text in Arial font style

  • We recommend adding one figure to your poster, although not required

  • We have emailed all presenters the template which can also be found here

  • Feel free to make your own template or use the one provided​​

  • For cheaper printing options, please see this Amazon link

*If you are accepted for an oral presentation, we will send you an email with more specifics on presentation guidelines. ​


Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your poster on April 27!

Poster and Oral Presentation Themes

Abstracts will be categorized into 5 main themes.

Primary Care Delivery 

  • Multidisciplinary Care and Care Transitions

  • Hospital, Community and Primary Care Services

  • Improvements in Care Delivery within the Community

  • Improving System Efficiency and Health Outcomes

  • Restructuring Care Delivery and Enhancing the Value of Care

  • Measuring and Evaluating Costs and Outcomes

  • Utilizing Health Care Information and Technology


Surgery and/or Natural Disaster Response

  • Surgical Techniques and Innovations

  • Global Surgery Advancements 

  • Effectiveness of Simulation Exercises in Surgical Education 

  • Improvements in Natural Disaster Response

  • Global Health Workforce Challenges

  • Intersections of Surgery and Global Health

  • Natural Disaster Response Education


Vulnerable Populations and Populations at Risk

  • Frail Elderly, Dementia and End of Life Care 

  • Children and Young People 

  • Mental Health Care 

  • Drug and Alcohol Users 

  • Refugee and Asylum Seekers 

  • Remote and Rural Populations 

  • Indigenous Communities, Ethnic and Racial Minorities


Population Health Management 

  • Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health

  • Improving Population Health Outcomes

  • Risk Stratification within Populations

  • Strategy Development, Partnerships & Leadership

  • Measuring & Evaluating Costs and Outcomes

  • Policy and Oversight Improvements 


Medical and Global Health Education 

  • Improving Communication and Teamwork Skills

  • Integration of Technology into Surgical Education

  • Education Programs that Address Local Health Disparities

  • Improvements in Health Literacy

  • Impact and Design of Health Promotion Programs 

  • Health Promotion and Disease prevention 

Example Abstract 

Title: One-on-one Care May Increase the Graduation Rates of Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation

Authors: Brett M. Colbert BS [1]*, Rachael Chait BS [2], Julia Ossi BS [2], Eric Huang BS [2], Juilann Gilchrist MS [2], Thais Garcia DPT [3], Sharon Andrade-Bucknor MD, FACC [4]*

Affiliations: 1. Medical Scientist Training Program, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine; 2. University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine; 3. Department of Physical Therapy, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine; 4. Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiology Division, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

Introduction: Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is an effective way to prevent morbidity and mortality related to cardiac events. CR operates in a dose-dependent manner: the more sessions completed, the more benefit to the patient, with the greatest benefit coming from completing the 12 weeks of Phase 2 rehab. Yet completion rates are low, averaging between 20-30%. Institutional factors are known to influence completion rates. Here we leveraged institutional changes that occurred as a result of COVID-19 to assess the effect of group size on CR completion outcomes and six-minute walk test performance.

Methods: We utilized retrospective analysis of patients in CR during 17 months before and 17 months after COVID-19-related closure (March - May 2020) in the CR department of an academic center. Variables analyzed included 6-minute walk test (6MWT), completion rate, and patient-to-provider ratio.

Results: There were 204 patients pre-COVID-19 and 51 patients post-COVID-19. Patient characteristics and demographics were similar in the pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 groups. The change in 6MWT distance from baseline to after CR for patients who graduated pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 was equivalent (+377.9 ft. [n=47; SD, 275.67 ft.] vs. +346.9 ft. [n=38; SD, 196.27 ft.]; p=0.59). The completion rate was higher post-COVID-19 than pre-COVID-19 (75% vs. 21%; OR, 10.9 [95%CI, 5.3-21.3, p<0.0001]). There were fewer patients per provider post- COVID-19 compared to pre-COVID-19 (0.4 patients/provider [SD, 0.12] vs. 2.8 patients/provider [SD, 0.74]; p<0.0001).

Discussion/Conclusions: Graduating CR before or after COVID-19 did not influence the functional outcomes of graduates as measured by 6MWT. However, it did have an effect on the completion rate, with participants post-COVID-19 being more likely to complete the program. This may be attributable to the lower patient-to-provider ratio post-COVID-19. This suggests that a more personalized CR program results in better completion rates.





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