Vignettes, Initiatives, Innovations & Education (VIE) Poster Session

VIE Poster Session FAQs

No, at this time we are only allowing one abstract per person.

  • Keep text brief. Report only key aspects of each section (e.g., introduction, study area, methods, results, discussion). It is not advisable to display the entire text from a manuscript. Too much detail detracts from the primary message of the text.
  • Keep figures simple. Convey only one idea per figure, table, or photograph. Figures from publications, theses, or dissertations normally do not make good visuals. Too much detail detracts from the primary message of the figure.
  • Text and figures should be readable to someone standing at a distance of six feet. Adjust font and image sizes accordingly. BIG IS BEAUTIFUL and easy to read.
  • Photographs should clearly show what you want the audience to see.
  • Use appropriate blank space between words, sections, and figures.
  • Use appropriate and compatible colors for fonts, backgrounds, graphics, and matting. White backgrounds generally are best for text.
  • Simple typefaces are preferable to fancy fonts. Bold type may be effective on heading
  • Click here for some additional tips on designing better research posters!

 No, at this time we are only allowing one poster per presenter.



The poster session will take place on Friday afternoon of CMDA's National Convention.

Click here to see where the National Convention takes place.

Business casual. You will not be wrong to wear a suit, however this poster session is slightly more casual than most major academic conferences.

Talk to your airline and try to get here! Then notify Pam Smythe (

Yes, bring it with you the convention. You may bring your poster printed on paper or fabric. You do not need to send us your poster file. You will set it up in the designated time before the poster session.

In short, no. CMDA does not have an academic journal. This does not preclude you from submitting your abstract to another poster session or a journal for publication.

    • Click here: CMDA National Convention
    • Click on the Register button.
    • Sign in or create an account.
    • Follow the registration instructions.
    • Click on your Registration Option (student, resident, etc.).
    • Answer questions.
    • Click “Update Responses”
    • If you would like to stay in Student/Resident lodging, choose that option under “Event Options.”
    • Copy the code (that you will have received once your abstract has been accepted) into the Promotional Code box and click Apply
      • Make sure there is no extra space after the code

There are two options for trainees:

A. Royal Gorge Student/Resident Lodging and Meal Package is $248 per person which includes three nights lodging and eight meals.

  • Royal Gorge is located on the eastern side of campus. Each room has six sets of bunk beds that will accommodate up to twelve trainees. However, CMDA will only place six people per room so trainees will have plenty of space to spread out. Each room has a private bath with two lavatories, two showers and two sinks. This option cannot be prorated for less days in attendance.
  • To register for this option, choose the Student/Resident lodging option under “Event Options” when registering for the National Convention.

B. If you would like regular lodging at Ridgecrest, click here for more information about lodging choices. Then use Ridgecrest’s online reservation link to reserve your lodging and meals.

  • Scholarships for students are available. Click here for more information.

Posters in the research category are judged differently than posters in the vignette category.

Research posters are judged as follows: Background is clear and gives rationale, Methods are well-explained, Results are presented clearly and compared to other studies, Conclusion makes study's application clear. The limitations of the study should be addressed.

Vignette posters are judged as follows: Introduction clearly presents problem and gaps in the current literature, Case Presentation gives a detailed description of patient/program/intervention and states outcomes, Discussion states relevance to current practice. The subject should be a novel concept or innovation, or a unique case with educational value.

ALL posters will be judged on their appearance, organization, and readability. As a presenter, you should be prepared to briefly summarize your work to judges and session attendees. Be prepared to answer their questions with more detail. You will be expected to stand by your poster throughout the session. You can expect about 10 attendees to talk to you about your poster. Posters with QR codes are acceptable.

By presenting a poster, a student's registration fee to attend the National Convention is waived! For residents, we cover $150 of their registration fee.  When you register for the poster session, you will be given a Registration Code. Enter this code on the CMDA website when you register for the National Convention and your registration fee will be waived/reduced appropriately. 

We encourage you to seek funding from your academic institution as they often cover travel and lodging expenses for academic presentations.

Additional scholarships are available for students. Click here to apply!

A coauthor may present your poster. It must be someone who has been involved in the research or project and is qualified to present the work! Please note: faculty are not allowed to present research on behalf of their students and residents.

If that someone is a coauthor, he or she may present on your behalf. Please note: faculty are not allowed to present research on behalf of their students and residents. You must advise Pam Smythe ( of this change.

  • This convention provides great opportunities for you to transform as you fellowship with Christian healthcare professionals, learn about current health and social issues, renew your faith through worship, and network with exhibiting organizations.
  • There are meetings and activities for students (National Student Community) and residents (National Resident & Fellow Community).
  • Click here to see the speakers and schedule.
  • Click here for information specific to students and residents.

CMDA does not publish your research, nor is our conference citable. You can cite the presentation on your CV. Since we do not publish your abstract in a journal, this presentation will not be searchable as an academic citation on PubMed, ResearchGate, and other scholarly databases. Click here to view resources and guidelines regarding publishing your poster presentation in a peer-reviewed journal. For more about peer-reviewed journal publication, click here to access the Christian Journal for Global Health.