Presentation & Poster Guidelines

Review guidelines and recommendations for presenting at the Moses Gunn Research Conference.

Oral Presentation File Submission

  1. Presentation templates are available on the Michigan Medicine Branding Guidelines website.
  2. To submit your presentation, email the file to
  3. Please also plan to preview your presentation the day before the conference between 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  4. Note: If your presentation is made on a Mac, please use the .jpeg file format rather than the .tiff file format for graphics in your presentation.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

  1. Event Set Up: Posters are to be hung up at the conference venue from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the day before the conference. A numbering system will allow you and attendees to locate each poster.
  2. Poster Presentations: Poster presentation rounds will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the conference. It is recommended that you or a representative be near your poster during this time to answer questions from conference attendees.
  3. Poster sessions provide the opportunity to interact informally with colleagues interested in your research. The purpose of the poster is to visually stimulate interest; present enough information for viewers to understand the methods, results and significance of the work; and facilitate conversations and networking among conference participants.
  4. Dimensions: All posters at the Moses Gunn Research Conference will be 6 feet wide by 3 feet tall. It is recommended that you use the templates and guidelines available on the Michigan Medicine Branding Guidelines website. The abstract title and author(s) must be placed at the top in large lettering (at least 1 inch high).
  5. Organize your poster to highlight the major points of your research and to stimulate feedback from your colleagues. The following is suggested: research objective; study design; principal findings; conclusions, relevance to policy, delivery or clinical practice, and research sponsor(s). Present enough information without overcrowding.
  6. Graphics help to clarify and emphasize the key relationships between figures, as appropriate. The graphics should be precise, clearly labeled and placed near the companion text.
  7. If using tables, avoid columns which are too narrow, too numerous or too long. They must be easily read. Use a table with numbers only when simpler visuals like graphs or charts won't suffice.
  8. Arrange the flow of information from left to right. Use lines, frames, contrasting colors or arrows to call attention to important points.
  9. Lettering should be a clean and simple font used consistently throughout the poster. Use both upper- and lower-case letters, especially in the body of the presentation. Use lettering large enough to be read at least three feet away.
  10. Color will attract interest and dramatize similarities and differences. Emphasis may be lost if more than 4 colors are used. The background color of the provided poster board will be white.
  11. Rehearse your presentation and memorize the points you want to emphasize during the poster sessions. Know where these points of emphasis are located on your poster so you can refer to them as you talk with viewers without turning your back or blocking their view.
  12. Financial Support: The Department of Surgery will financially support the cost of poster development for Department of Surgery residents who have had a poster accepted to the Moses Gunn Research Conference. Please email with questions.