HMO Poster Presentations

You are part of our Emergency Department team and during your term in ED at Bendigo you are expected to create a poster presentation on something relevant to emergency medicine.  This will help you to fulfill the usual assessment criteria of junior doctors that encompass teaching, quality improvement, and committment to learning.  It gives you another opportunity to educate yourself,  to educate others and to increase the department's overall knowledge base and academic focus. It also gives you an opportunity to engage with your colleagues and feel part of the team.   We will leave the posters up usually for the duration of your term.  Here are some practical points about how to go about it.

When do you need to do this?

Each of you will be allocated a week when your poster must be ready and presented in.

You have 4 weeks at the beginning of your rotation to come up with and formulate your ideas. After that each of you will have a week allocated to you during which you will have to present your poster. 

Wolfgang Merl will allocate you the week to present - if you have not heard from him - email him - Wolfgang Merl This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;  He is also the Consultant who will coordinate your term assessments in ED.

What you need to do!

Have some initiative and be proactive.

Discuss your content with an ED Consultant or Registrar.

There are several ways of putting information on the poster - be creative, cut and paste.  Use pictures and things that are visually engaging.  If you get your document to Di Price she will help you print it and up on the wall.

Come to a Thursday morning ED teaching to present your poster for 10 minutes.  Email Ben McKenzie and Mark Putland. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Go to a nursing edecuation in-service (2pm) and present your poster over 15 minutes. Email nurse educator Kate Gargiulo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What topic should I present?

You shoud discuss your ideas with a consultant or a registrar (any).  They may have some ideas if you are struggling.  Ideally it will be something that has been relevant to the cases you have treated in ED either now or in the past.

Examples might be:

An emergency medicine condition with a deidentified case example.  EG Sudden onset headache or subarrachnoid haemorrhage.  You might focus on any interesting element of diagnois, treatment or disposition.

A test.  Eg CRP, WCC, Lipase, D-Dimer, Calcium, Clotting, Troponin - The strengths, weakness, sensitivity, appropriate (and inappropriate) application of the tests in Emergency Medicine.

A medication - eg Phenytoin - the interesting points of pharmcodynamics or pharmacotherapy of a medicine and how that relates to daily practice.

A therapy or intervention - eg ascitic tap - indications, contraindications etc.  Roberts and hedges on the shelf near Di Price is an excellent resource for this.

They key is not to present a whole broad topic but focus on a couple of interesting and manageable points within that topic.  There are often controversies or points of interest in Emergency Medicince about many topics which Consultants and Registrars might direct you towards.

How much content do I need to include in the poster?

This is again up to you.  The aim is not to re-write a text book.  The aim is to provide 5 or 6 points of interest around a particular topic that all staff (both nursing and medical) can take away about the topic after a quick glance at your poster as they go about their business and stop to look.   Imagine how you would want to see information and what would make it easy to read and understand.

Do I get the content checked?

Yes, with any consultant or registrar.

You need to make sure your content is accurate and based in some evidence - mention the references.  Your source of information must not be obscure in the deep corners of the internet.  Wikipedia is absolutely banned as a medical reference as it should be for the rest of your career.

Look at the Clinical Resources tab of ED Central, access some emregency medicine blogs like Life in the Fast Lane, Look in emergency medicine text books on the shelf upstairs near Di Price's desk.  

Good Luck