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Medical Scholars

Medical scholars may give poster or oral presentations on their research or scholarly projects.


General Guidelines

No matter what type of presentation you give, it’s important to

  • plan to stay for your entire presentation session, taking only short breaks if needed.
  • know where to go. As the event date approaches, you will receive your location information via email, and will be able to look it up on this site, in the “Find a Presenter” section (this section will be available by mid-April).


Poster Presentations

Content of medical scholar poster presentations is up to the presenter. For some competitive awards, medical scholar poster presentations might have to satisfy certain requirements, so please be sure to check and conform to any applicable guidelines.

  • The minimum size for posters is two feet by three feet (oriented horizontally or vertically), and the maximum recommended poster size is 4 feet high by by 3.5 feet wide (four feet by four feet is acceptable, but the edges will curl around the display board). Posters that exceed 4 feet by 4 feet might be rejected on event day.
  • We recommend that USC Medical Scholars have posters printed at the USC School of Medicine's Instrument Resource Facility (IRF Printing Guidelines [pdf]) or at USC Printing Services.
  • We recommend having posters printed on vinyl or fabric, rather than paper.

On presentation day, the Exhibit hall will open 30 minutes prior to the beginning of your session and displays must be up by the start time. If you are unable to attend your presentation due to an unforeseen circumstance, please make every effort to have a colleague, mentor or coinvestigator present in your place, and immediately notify Rebecca Marigliano (; 803-434-6365) of the change.


Oral Presentations

PowerPoint and other media: Most presenters prepare a PowerPoint or PDF presentation slide deck, but this is not required. If you do, use standard or embedded fonts, pictures, etc., and bring your PowerPoint or PDF presentation file on a USB drive for loading on the presentation computer. (Presentations created in alternative programs may not be supported.)

On presentation day: Oral presentations are 10 minutes, followed by a five-minute question and answer period. This schedule will be strictly enforced. You will be assigned a specific presentation time slot and location. Please arrive early to ensure you have time to get familiar with the space and load your presentation on the computer.

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