The Resident Poster Contest

The CAFP Foundation is pleased to support the 7th Annual Resident Poster Contest at the Family Medicine Clinical Forum on May 15-17, 2020 at the Long Beach Hilton.  The Forum brings together family physicians from across the state for three days of continuing education sessions.  The purpose of the poster competition is to promote scholarly activity by family medicine residents and to provide a unique opportunity for residents to share their research with a network of family doctors.  

Application Process:
Online applications are closed for 2020. 


  • Resident physician at a California Family Medicine Residency Program.
  • CAFP/AAFP Member.
  • Willing to pay costs associated with attending the Forum.  CAFP covers the registration and poster fees.


  1. Original Research: summarize the results of a well-defined research project.  Include hypotheses, methods, results, and discussion/conclusion. All work should be original.
  2. Case Report: present a clinical case scenario.  Include an introduction, case description, and discussion of patient management.

Additional Information:

  • The topic must be of value to family medicine and within the scope of family medicine.
  • All projects must be completed at the time of application. 
  • Every program is encouraged to participate - please limit submissions to THREE PER PROGRAM.  
  • Accepted entries will be invited to display their posters at the Forum on May 15, 2020 and must be present at their display during select hours.  
  • Up to 20 entries will be selected for display at the Forum. Of those, the top 10 will be invited to give a 2-minute/2-slide oral presentation. The top 2 posters will be awarded prizes.  
  • Each abstract will undergo a double-blind review process by family physicians on the Foundation Board of Trustees and other volunteer reviewers.  Residents whose submissions have been accepted will be notified by February 10, 2020.  Accepted entries must then submit PDF versions of their posters by March 2, 2020.  CAFP will print and provide the posters for on-site presentation. 

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Clarity in the research and/or clinical question, study design and discussion/conclusion
  • Originality of project or question
  • Relevance to family medicine
  • Impact on future work
  • Potential to improve patient care or resident skills, knowledge and performance


  • January 13 | Application Closes
  • January 17 | Abstracts and scoring sheets sent to reviewers for blind review #1
  • February 7 | Reviewers’ score sheets due back to CAFP
  • February 10 | Acceptance decisions go to lead authors (and their program directors)
  • March 2 | Final poster submission deadline (PDF version)
  • March 8 | Final posters and scoring sheets sent to reviewers for blind review #2
  • March 27 | Reviewers’ score sheets due back to CAFP
  • March 30 | CAFP notifies residents of scoring results
  • April | Posters go to print
  • May 16 | Stage presentations of the top 10 posters and displays of the top 20
  • May 17 | Awards given to the top two poster presenters

Questions? Contact Pamela Mann at pmann@familydocs.org.

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