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2020 AMA Research Symposium

The 2020 AMA Research Symposium will be hosted virtually from Thursday, Dec. 3 (noon Central) through Sunday, Dec. 6, (noon Central) and will feature a research gallery and competition.

AMA members have access to:

  • View research posters and presentations and chat with presenters
  • Vote for research in the competition! The top 5 will advance to AMA Research Challenge 
  • Network with med students, residents, fellows and IMGs interested in similar research

Register by Nov. 18 for member access at the AMA Research Symposium.

Save the date–AMA Research Challenge

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. Central

Top-voted participants from the AMA Research Symposium competition will present their research to a panel of judges and compete for the overall winner! Stay tuned for broadcast details on YouTube and Facebook live.

Pre-recorded presentation requirements & tips

Virtual materials needed for the gallery and competition

  • Digital poster—one PowerPoint slide (required for gallery and competition).
  • Pre-recorded presentation up to 2 minutes in length (optional for gallery; required for competition). 

Video format

  • File must be in MP4 format.

Best practices for camera position and beginning presentation

  • Position your camera horizontally when you record (aspect ratio of 16:9) so that your screen looks like a widescreen TV. 
  • Start your presentation introducing yourself with your first and last name. 
  • Record! 

Best practice for recording with a phone

  • If recording with a phone, we suggest you utilize a tripod to hold your phone in position. 
    • If you do not have a tripod, get inventive! Heavy books, book ends, even pots and pans and rubber bands can be used to hold your camera in place.
  • Be sure to keep the camera and microphone clear of any obstructions.  

Best practices for including yourself in the shot

  • Keep your camera lens at or slightly above eye level and frame the shot so that you can see both your head and a portion of the upper body. 

Best practices for lighting and background

  • Record facing the sun so that the light brightens up your shot and is not behind you. 
  • Use a room that is well lit preferably with natural sunlight.
  • Avoid harsh overhead lights that create dark eye shadows.
  • Make sure the background is not cluttered and try to maintain a minimum of 6-10 feet from your background. This will create better separation and keep the attention on you.  

How to provide a direct download video link

Choose a file sharing platform of your choice. If you do not have a file sharing account, you can quickly setup a free account with Dropbox.com.

  • Step 1:  Go to Dropbox.com and set up a free account
  • Step 2:  Upload the video from your system
  • Step 3:  Click the newly uploaded video, and click on the “Share” button
  • Step 4:  Click “Create Link” at the bottom of pop-up window
  • Step 5:  Click “Link Settings” (this will appear after completing the prior step) and confirm the set up matches the below:
    • Who has access = Anyone with link
    • Expiration = Off
    • Disable Downloads = Off
  • Step 6:  Hit “Copy Link” and paste into your submission form under “Video Direct Download Link”

If you run into any issues please contact [email protected].

AMA Research Symposium documents

Please contact [email protected] with questions.

Symposium FAQs

What is the format for my digital poster?

Your digital poster format is a one slide PowerPoint.

How long will my poster be featured in the symposium?

Your digital poster will be virtually displayed during the 2020 AMA Research Symposium held from Thursday, Dec. 3 (noon Central) through Sunday, Dec. 6, (noon Central). As a participant, you can view research posters and chat with presenters, vote for research in the competition, and network with med students, residents and IMGs interested in similar research.

Who can vote for research in the competition? Can I vote for my own?

AMA members and research participants are invited to vote for your favorite research in the competition and may select up to three posters. If you are a participant in the competition, you may vote but not for your own poster.

Will scoring criteria be determined to guide members and participants through the voting process?

We recommend AMA members and research participants consider the following criteria:

Organization/visual presentation

  • Visuals are easy to read and logistically organized
  • Grammar and syntax are correct
  • Data is presented in a clear and understandable manner

Verbal presentation

  • Presentation is limited to two minutes
  • Good diction; good articulation

Knowledge of material

  • Author explains in detail relevance to the project

If I am one of the top 5 competition winners, what happens next?

The top 5 voted participants will be notified on Dec. 6 and will be invited to participate in the AMA Research Challenge to present research “live” to an elite panel of judges. More details will be posted once available.

Can a co-author participate in my place?

No. The lead author/submitter is the invited research participant for the AMA Research Symposium gallery and competition. Co-authors are invited to participate, view research and vote. Registration details will be posted once available.

Can my family and friends view my poster?

Yes! We encourage you to invite your family, friends, and colleagues to view your poster. A social media toolkit will be available soon.

What is the AMA Research Symposium?

The AMA Research Symposium provides medical students, residents/fellows, and international medical graduates a best-in-class opportunity to build and showcase research and engage with the AMA beyond traditional policy and advocacy opportunities.

Abstracts were submitted for topics including: public health, basic science, health system science, medical education/wellness innovation, and clinical vignettes.

COVID-19 related abstracts were encouraged for submission under the public health topic this year.