​​​​To help you prepare your poster, please review the guidelines below.  

1. Indicate your topic category - select one of the five categories available. 
2. Title: Include a title that describes the focus of your story. The title should clearly and succinctly identify the contents of the                 abstract. Be sure to capitalize the first letter of each word in the title, with the exception of prepositions and articles.  
3. Authors: List the corresponding author first, followed by supporting authors listed alphabetically; include titles of each author. List       each author and his/her institution on a separate line.  
4. Affiliations: Please identify any affiliation for which there is a conflict of interest.  
5. Summative Statement: Provide a brief summary statement of your poster idea that highlights key points from which others can         learn.  
6. Accuracy: you are responsible for the data accuracy and ensuring you have permission to publicize this in a public conference. 
7. Numbers: Spell out numbers only at the beginning of a sentence. Use zeros before decimal points.  
8. Symbols: Use only industry standard symbols where applicable.  
9. Tables and Graphs: Graphs and tables MUST include the source of the data being presented. Titles of tables and graphs MUST       include the measure being analyzed. Label all axes.  
10. Lab or data values: When citing recorded values in your hospital, include units and range for normal.  
11. Abbreviations: Use the complete term/phrase before including the acronym or abbreviation in parentheses. 
12. Define your terms clearly and succinctly to avoid confusion.  
13. Poster and storyboards will be printed as size A1 portraits – please accommodate this in your design. 
14. General Tips: Remember that the word ‘data’ is plural and the word ‘datum’ is singular. Avoid use of slang. 
What if My Submission is Selected?  
If your submission is successful, we will email you by Friday, 15 April 2016. Posters will only be displayed in the exhibition if at least one author is attending as a delegate. We will let you know the dates and times you will need to be available at the conference to discuss your poster or storyboard with attendees.  
Who Should I Contact if I Need Assistance?  
If you have any questions or need assistance, please email : ihi-hmc@wmpcreative.com

How do I select a topic for my Poster or Storyboard?
You may select any topic you wish, as long as it relates to quality and safety improvement and links to one of the conference themes. You can submit more than one poster or storyboard but the organizer reserves the right to limit the number of approved submissions from one author subject to exhibition capacity.

Poster or storyboards should fit within one of the following categories that relate to the conference themes:
  • Leadership for improvement  
  • Patient Engagement  
  • Science of Improvement
  • Transforming Clinical Systems of Care
  • Transforming Clinical Interventions  
What is the Selection Process? 
A Scientific Advisory Committee will independently grade the posters in each category and assign a score to each entry. The reviewers rank your submission using the criteria below.

Abstracts will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

 Originality: The extent to which the project makes an original and important contribution to quality and safety improvements in healthcare. 
Significance: The relevance of the project or program to innovation, quality improvement, education or research achieved, along with whether the conclusions are substantiated by relevant data. 
Relevance: The extent to which the topic addresses the selected category or theme.
Presentation Quality: The extent of clarity of the project: the goals of the project, processes implemented, expected and observed outcomes, and its relevance to NCDR. The abstract should be presented in a clear, concise, and well-structured way, with proper use of language and a title that reflects the contents of the story as well as the appropriate use of tables and other graphics.

Submissions may be rejected by the reviewers for the following reasons:
Not appropriate: The content was not relevant to the conference themes. 
Not complete: The content was insufficient or unclear to qualify for acceptance. 
Results appeared implausible or unsubstantiated 

How Do I Submit My Poster or Storyboard Idea?
The process is fully automated and easy to follow. First, you will need to prepare and submit a version of your poster or storyboard. If accepted, the poster or storyboard will be on display during the conference. ​
Who Should I Contact if I Need Assistance?  
If you have any questions or need assistance, please email :​ ihi-hmc@wmpcreative.com