Poster Competition

TOMA and the TOMA Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020 Student/Resident Poster Competition.

What is a Poster Presentation?
A poster is a visual presentation of your research or clinical project. Use schematic diagrams, graphs, tables and other strategies to direct the visual attention of the viewer, rather than writing text as you would for a journal article.  

The first step you need to take is to create your abstract. The person presenting the paper must be listed as the First Author, and that person is the only person who presents the poster, barring extenuating circumstances. There may only be one presenter per poster, although all authors may be present for the presentation. Only ONE entry per person will be accepted. Entries received after the deadline will NOT be accepted.

Please read the abstract guidelines and instructions thoroughly before beginning to write/layout your abstract. 



1. Abstracts must be submitted electronically, via the link above and no later than Sunday, November 10, 2019.  Abstracts submitted via email will not be accepted.

2. Page Set Up - Dimensions of printed abstract must not exceed 5 ½ inches width (horizontal dimension) and 8 inches in length (vertical dimension).  Set page margins (8.5” X 11”, portrait page orientation), all to 1.5” (top, bottom, left and right margins).

3. Heading - must contain the following elements in the order stated below. Note: heading and text of the Abstract must fit within the parameters in Page Setup (above).

    • Title 100 characters (Maximum) Title on application must match exactly title on Abstract and   Poster.
    • Names of all authors – first name, middle initial, last name, academic degrees
    • Name of Institution
    • Name of institutional department, division or other administrative unit
    • City, State, Zip Code

4. Body of Abstract - should include Case Report or Original Research Study

5. Font Settings - All abstracts must be printed single-spaced, 12- point Font with Serif Face such as Times New Roman. Any special symbols, such as Greek letters, that are not produced by your printer should be drawn using black ink.

6. The abstract must not be the actual poster.

7. The highest degree of the Authors must be listed on the application.

8. Please include a statement confirming the study has been approved by the institution’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). This is required for posters and papers involving research with human subjects and is expected at major conferences and journals.

9. All Abstracts are to be submitted as “camera ready” text for publication in Texas Osteopathic Medical Association publication, The Texas DO. Abstracts which do not meet the requirements will not be accepted.


All presenters will receive a certificate of participation. Only Students and Residents will receive monetary awards as follows:

Original Research Study – Students and Residents

  • 1st Place will receive $500
  • 2nd Place will receive $250
  • 3rd Place will receive $150

Case Reports – Student and Resident

  • Winning Case Reports will receive $100

Note: Faculty Members are not eligible to receive monetary awards. Due to budget limitations there is no travel or housing allowance.


Case Report Guidelines and Instructions

Original Research Study Guidelines and Instructions