Global Health Day
Global Health Day is an exciting opportunity to learn about Northwestern’s contributions to global healthcare and network with colleagues in the field. All members of the Northwestern community are welcome to attend. The next Global Health Day will be in fall 2019; date has yet to be announced.
Persons from all disciplines with projects relevant to global health are invited to submit an abstract for presentation. All interested students, residents and fellows are encouraged to present; you need not travel internationally to do so. For example, students from the Program in Public Health and those doing an Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC) project with global public health relevancy are encouraged to submit abstracts. Please check back for updates to the schedule and timeline as Feinberg’s Global Health Day approaches.
General Guidelines on Preparing Your Abstract
All Feinberg students and residents with projects relevant to global health are invited to submit an abstract for presentation. This includes projects that do not involve international travel, as long as the subject matter is applicable to global public health, resource-limited settings and/or health disparities. The body of the abstract is limited to 500 words, not including the title and authors. Presenters should choose a track (described below) most suitable to their project and follow the suggested abstract template.
Early submissions are welcome. Presenters who choose to work in groups should only submit one abstract per group. If you have a mentor, obtaining his/her guidance early in the abstract preparation process is highly encouraged. Faculty and staﬀ at the Institute for Global Health will also be available for assistance.
Abstract Review Procedures
All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Institute for Global Health fellow. The fellow and faculty will review all abstracts and share comments three weeks prior to the event.
Guidance for Preparing Your Poster
Participants should choose the track (described below) most suitable to their project and follow the suggested poster template. Posters should be exactly 3 feet tall by 5 feet wide. The provided easels open up to a triangle of 24 inches on each side and stand roughly 54 to 57 inches tall. In general, posters should:
- Avoid too much text (figures, tables and pictures are preferred whenever possible to text; when text is used, try to use bullets rather than paragraphs)
- Highlight main ﬁndings; use boxes, arrows or a bold color to highlight important points
- Read from left to right and top to bottom
- Have a consistent and basic color scheme, font and text size; use a font size large enough to be read from a distance of 3 to 5 feet (i.e., 24-point)
- Any photos must be HIPAA compliant
Each group should print one poster. The cost will be covered by the Institute for Global Health and the Global Health Initiative. Posters should be printed at Quartet Digital Printing, which is located in the Searle Building in Room B‐407. Tacks and poster board will be provided to mount posters for the poster session.
The Research Track is appropriate for basic science/laboratory and clinical research projects. These projects typically have clear research objectives, hypotheses and methods. Many of these projects will have preliminary results and conclusions.
In general, research projects involve a comparison of two groups (i.e., exposed vs. not exposed).
Examples of projects falling under the Research Track include:
- Laboratory work with novel methodologies or new applications of existing methodologies in a resource-limited setting
- Prospective clinical research on disease processes, diagnostics, treatments and/or outcomes
- Retrospective clinical research utilizing chart review or existing data
These templates provide suggested poster and abstract formats for Research Track submissions. While it may be appropriate to remove or reword one or more headings for certain projects, the majority of Research Track projects should follow these basic formats.
Public Health & Epidemiology Track
The Public Health & Epidemiology Track is appropriate for experiences related to global health program or project implementation, management and/or outcomes. These experiences typically describe public health experiences working with a speciﬁc patient population and/or in a speciﬁc geographic region. Unlike Research Track projects, Public Health & Epidemiology Track projects may focus on presenting an in-depth description of a global health experience with lessons learned rather than a statistical comparison between two groups.
Examples of projects topics falling under the Public Health & Epidemiology Track include:
- Regional healthcare delivery and proposals for policy development
- Burden of nosocomial outbreaks and infection control strategies in a resource‐limited healthcare setting
- Implementation or evaluation of a community or hospital healthcare program in a developing country
These templates provide suggested poster and abstract formats for Public Health & Epidemiology Track submissions. While it may be appropriate to remove or reword one or more headings for certain projects, the majority of Public Health & Epidemiology Track projects should follow these basic formats.
Case Presentation Track
The Case Presentation Track is appropriate for those wishing to describe an unusual or otherwise instructive patient case from their global health rotation. Participants may discuss a patient with a tropical disease or an unusual manifestation of a more common disease process. Rather than simply describing the clinical case, presenters should use the case as a framework to address issues important to global health and/or health care in their host country.
Examples of themes that can be explored in the Case Presentation Track include:
- Ethical dilemmas relevant to healthcare in underdeveloped countries
- Cross-cultural competency and communication
- Discussing diﬀerences in disease diagnostics, management and/or outcomes between developed and underdeveloped countries
- Challenges of healthcare delivery in resource‐limited settings
These templates provide suggested poster and abstract formats for Case Presentation Track submissions. While it may be appropriate to remove or reword one or more headings for certain projects, the majority of Case Presentation Track projects should follow these basic formats.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does my poster have to present research?
A: No. Presenters may choose from one of three formats for their abstracts and posters: research (including basic science/laboratory and clinical work), public health and epidemiology and case presentation. Each track has a distinct scope and suggested abstract and poster format as described above.
Q: If I am presenting as part of a group, does each group member need to submit an abstract?
A: No. Group presenters should submit one abstract and designate one point person for all communications with the Institute for Global Health.
Q: Will I need to pay for poster printing?
A: No. The Institute for Global Health and the Global Health Initiative will cover the printing costs for one poster per group or individual participant.
Q: Can I submit more than one abstract?
A: Yes, you can submit more than one abstract. However, printing costs will only be covered for one poster per person.
Q: May I print my poster wherever I choose?
A: No. We have set up an account at Quartet Digital Printing, which is located in the Searle Building in Room B‐407. This will allow participants to print their posters without incurring any personal expense.
Q: What size should my poster be?
A: Poster sizes should be exactly 3 feet high by 5 feet wide. The provided easels open up to a triangle of 24 inches on each side and stand roughly 54 to 57 inches tall.
Q: May I include photos in my poster?
A: Yes, but all photos must comply with HIPPA regulations and informed consent must be obtained from all subjects. Download the waiver form for photography and video.
Q: How many friends and mentors may I invite to the event?
A: We encourage each presenter to invite at least three people (friends, peers, mentors) who they expect will attend; however, they are welcome to invite more.
Q: Do I need to apply for approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to present my poster and data?
A: Many presentations will likely not need IRB approval, but if you are conducting research and presenting data, you must follow all protocol and policies that were previously approved by the IRB and host institution’s ethics committee when the study was initially approved.
Q: May I use my own abstract and/or poster format that diﬀers from the online templates?
A: Yes, students may tailor the templates to best suit their speciﬁc projects. However, most submissions will closely resemble the abstract and poster template examples. If you have a mentor, please ask for their guidance early in the abstract and poster preparation process. Faculty and staﬀ at the Institute for Global Health will also be available for assistance.
Q: Can I present my Global Health Day poster at future poster sessions, such as the AOSC or Public Health Program sessions?
A: Yes, you can present your Global Health Day poster again, as long as your AOSC or Public Health Program mentor approves.
- Preparing a Poster Presentation on ACP
- How to Write an Abstract that will be Accepted on BMJ Careers
- How to Prepare an Effective Research Poster on BMJ Careers
- How to Write an Abstract by David J Pierson, MD, FAARC
For More Information
The 2018-19 Global Health Research Fellow is Erica Ludi, MD. Please contact her to set up an advisory meeting or with any questions.