Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association
Emergency Medicine Case Study Poster Competition

Open to all members of IOMA, SOMA or AOA

Poster Format is a one-page PowerPoint presentation in widescreen 16:9 orientation. Case Presentation/Clinical Discussion will be 8 minutes for presentation and 2 minutes for questions, for a total of 10 minutes.

Submission deadline is March 31, 2020.

Judging Criteria

•Relevance to Emergency Medicine
•Differential Diagnosis
•Breadth of Differential Diagnosis
•Life-Threatening Etiologies covered
•Obscure pathology weighted appropriately
•Clinical Discussion
•Integration of Presentation and Conclusion
•Poster and Presentation
•Tables and Figures are clear and legible
•Appropriate reference list provided
•Spelling and Grammar
•Overall Impression of Poster
•Overall Impression of Presentation

Questions? Contact Kevin Kruse OR Mary Malcom,D.O.

Want winning examples?

Need a mentor? Contact Kevin Kruse or ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge),

Submit PowerPoint slide and abstract to Kevin Kruse on or before March 31, 2020.

Poster presentation will be the afternoon of Friday, May 1, 2020 Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 E Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa.

Contest and Competition Rules based on Foundation of Emergency Medicine Case Study Poster Competition


Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association
6919 Vista Drive
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

General Rules and Requirements for Participation

Anyone may enter the competition.  Award recipients must be a member of IOMA, SOMA or AOA.
All submissions must be electronically submitted to on or before March 31, 2020.   The abstract will be used as the initial screening tool.  The abstract must be a writable Word document (.doc) of 500 words or less.  The poster must be in the form of an unprotected Microsoft PowerPoint presentation binary (.ppt) or XML (.pptx) file, displayed in PowerPoint widescreen (16:9) orientation. 

All protected health information must be eliminated in compliance with Federal laws prior to submission.  Violation of patient confidentiality by failure to de-identify the submitted information is grounds for disqualification. 

The category of Student is open to those who have not yet started Internship/Residency at the time of the contest. Prizes will be awarded only to members of SOMA or IOMA.  First place prize will be awarded only if the winning student scores at least 45 of 58 possible points.  Second place prize will be awarded only if the winning student scores at least 40 of 58 possible points.

The category of Resident is open to those who have graduated medical school and have not yet completed Residency at the time of the contest.  Fellows may enter in this category, or as an attending physician. First place will be awarded only if the winning resident scores at least 45 of 58 possible points.  Second place will be awarded only if the winning resident scores at least 40 of 58 possible points.

Attending physicians are encouraged to enter the contest. Fellows may enter the competition in the category of Attending Physician or Resident. 

Each case may have multiple authors, but only one presenter.

Case Report Abstract Format

Title  The title is a summary of the abstract itself and should convince the reader that the topic is important, relevant and innovative.

Authors  Include name, degree and institutional affiliation.  The authors included should be those who contribute significantly to the intellectual content of the case report.

Introduction  Describe the context of the case and explain its relevance and importance.  Describe whether the case is unique.  If not, does the case have an unusual diagnosis, prognosis, therapy or harm?  Is the case an unusual presentation of a common condition?  Or an unusual complication of a disease or management?  Describe the instructive or teaching points that add value to this case.  Does it demonstrate a cost-effective approach to management or alternative diagnostic/treatment strategy?  Does it increase awareness of a rare condition?

Case Description  Follow the basic rules of medical communication.  Report the case in sequence.  Describe the history, examination and investigations adequately.  Is the cause of the patient’s illness clear-cut?  What are other plausible explanations?  Describe the treatments adequately.  Have all available therapeutic options been considered?  Are outcomes related to treatments?  Include the patient’s progress and outcome.

Discussion  Discuss rationale for decisions that were made and the lesson from the case.  Report a literature review of similar cases.  Describe how this case is different from those previously reported.  Explain the rationale for reporting the case.  What is unusual about the case?  Does it challenge prevailing wisdom?  In the future, could things be done differently in a similar case?

Poster Format

The poster should include Title, Authors, Introduction, History of Present Illness, Clinical Findings, Testing Findings, Treatment Plan with Justification, Conclusion, and References.