Preparing your Clinical Vignette Poster

Your clinical vignette has been accepted to a meeting and now it’s time to design the poster.  Below are some tips to ensure you design the best poster possible.

  1. Arrangement: Your poster should have a definite sense of direction and flow.  It should generally read from left to right.  Learning objectives are usually top left followed by a description of the case.  Far right is for references and conclusions/take home points.  The middle is for pictures, diagrams, tables and other text to discuss your case and its key learning points.
     
  2. Avoid too much text: The number one issue with many posters is too much text. Keep text to the minimum and use bullets, graphics, graphs, and pictures instead.  See examples below.
     
  3. Font: Use a simple sans serif font in a large size.  Smallest font should be 18 point and 24-28 point font is commonly used.
     
  4. Keep it simple: Present a few main ideas well.  Make sure your poster clearly makes these teaching points and avoid overcrowding.  The content of the poster should be able to be absorbed in 5 minutes or less.

SGIM Poster Tips

ACP Poster Tips

UAB Example Posters: Poster 1 • Poster 2 • Poster 3 • Poster 4

Poster printing options: