Research Poster Competition

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Research Poster Competition

TAFP’s Annual Session and Primary Care Summit promotes scholarly activity by family medicine students, residents, and physicians; providing a unique opportunity to share research with the TAFP membership.

The competition is sponsored by the TAFP Foundation. The posters are designed to demonstrate a specific practice-based research activity, an evidenced-based review, or a case report (students only) — with an emphasis on practice-based research. There are required elements for the abstract. Use this document as a guide for your abstract.

>View the 2020 posters
>View the 2021 posters

The 2022 application will open in May.

Application process:


  • Medical student, resident physician, or physician TAFP/AAFP Member
  • Topic must be of value to and within the scope of family medicine


  1. Primary Research
  2. Evidence-based Review
  3. Case Report (students only)

Evaluation criteria:

  • Relevance to family medicine
  • Quality of study design
  • Appropriateness of data analysis
  • Strong conclusion


  • May 27 | Application opens
  • August 2 | Application closes
  • August 9 | Abstracts sent to reviewers for review #1
  • August 30 | Reviewers’ input due back to TAFP
  • September 6 | Acceptance decisions go to primary contact
  • September 27 | Final poster submission deadline (PDF version)
  • October 1 | Final posters and scoring sheets sent to reviewers for review #2
  • October 18 | Reviewers’ score sheets due back to TAFP
  • October 22 | TAFP notifies participants of scoring results
  • November | Poster displays (during ASPCS)

Additional information:

  • All research must be completed at the time of application. 
  • Each abstract and poster will undergo a review process by family physicians. Applicants whose submissions have been accepted will be notified via email. Accepted entries must then submit PDF versions of their posters for winner determination.
  • Of the entries selected for display, the top three residents and top two physicians in both the Primary Research and Evidence-based Review categories and the top two students in all three categories are awarded plaques. In addition, the resident winners receive cash prizes and the overall highest-scoring resident receives funding for travel to a national research conference. 

Questions? Contact Jean Klewitz at