Poster Submission Guidelines


Abstract Submissions Open  April 1st, 2022
Abstracts Due  June 3rd, 2022
Abstract Review Notification  June 27th, 2022
Electronic Version of Poster Due September 15th, 2022

Themes for Research  

Original Clinical Research
Research projects pertaining to medical studies; include the full spectrum of disease-state and/or therapeutic areas. Case studies or clinical reviews include clinical case reports or clinical vignettes highlighting unusual cases or innovative approaches to clinical problems/techniques.

Research pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PA Value and Impact
Research in this area may address the roles PAs play in providing quality healthcare, improve patient satisfaction, or increase access to care; it may also address public awareness or perceptions of PAs; PA utilization as it relates to the cost-effectiveness or medical liabilities of healthcare.

Abstract Requirements 

Abstracts are the first step in the poster submission process. It is a summary of what will be presented in your poster. An abstract must be submitted first for consideration by the CAPA CME Committee. Approved abstracts will be invited to submit a poster for presentation at CAPACon 2022.

At least one author per poster is required to attend CAPACon in-person. Please do not submit an abstract if at least one author cannot attend.

Abstracts must include a brief summary of the project's:
  • Title
  • Purpose 
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Conclusion 
CAPA limits abstract submissions to 200 words (not including title). Additional guidance can be found in the poster tutorial

Abstracts must be submitted via email to no later than June 3rd, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST. Please include "CAPACon Abstract Submission" in the subject line. Late submissions will not be considered. 

It is strongly recommended that submitting authors begin the submission process prior to the last day of the deadline. 

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. If your abstract is selected, you will be notified via email no later than June 27th.

Poster Guidelines 

Research must be conducted by PAs or PA students and fall within one of the three Themes for Research

Authors whose abstracts have been approved by CAPA will be invited to submit a full poster for presentation. Posters will be available for viewing at CAPACon 2022 (October 6-9, 2022).

CAPA will not consider submissions with industry or medical education company involvement or sponsorship. Authors may have relationships to industry (which must be disclosed), but the submission must be independent of those relationships: written by the author without industry or medical education company planning, oversight, editing, review, financial support or approval. 

Submission Specifications & Deadlines  

  • Posters should be prepared and printed in the following size: 48" x 36" 
  • The poster does not have to include new primary research.
  • If new primary research is featured and the study is ongoing, it must be concluded by July 2022. Please indicate that in the abstract, as well.
  • All research presented must have a clear application to the PA profession.
  • Authors do not need to be CAPA members.
  • One author must attend CAPACon in order for their poster to be accepted.
  • Submissions that consist solely of literature reviews will not be accepted.
  • A mockup of the completed poster must be submitted for peer review by September 15th.
  • The attending author may either hand-deliver their printed poster to CAPA staff on Wednesday, Oct. 5, or ship their poster to the following address by Sept. 28
Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa
c/o Lisa Russo
5480 Grand Pacific Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Author Information
Please include the following information for each research author so CAPA may credit all parties accordingly.
  • Full name
  • Credentials (i.e.. MPAS, PA-C)
  • Occupation (Specify: PA, PA Student, Faculty, etc)
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Affiliation: School, Practice, Organization

Selection for participation will be based on the quality of research, clarity of the abstract, and adherence to the guidelines.

Multiple Submissions 
Multiple submissions on similar topics from the same researcher are discouraged. 

For a guide on how to author your poster, please reference the Poster Tutorial.

CAPACon Registration & Attendance 

At least one author is required to register for CAPACon 2022 to display their poster. Conference registration must be completed by September 15th, 2022. Poster authors who have not registered for the conference will be excluded from CAPACon and all associated publications.

Authors are responsible for all costs associated with registration and poster creation. CAPA does not offer any conference scholarships at this time.

CAPACon will be an in-person meeting at the Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa from October 6th-9th, 2022. Posters will be displayed throughout the duration of the conference for attendees to view. 

The corresponding author is responsible for contacting and coordinating with all other authors in their group. CAPA will only have contact with the corresponding author. Please ensure that the corresponding author is willing and able to serve as such.

The individuals submitting the research are responsible for entering all information correctly. CAPA is not responsible for misspelled information and will not edit any submissions for spelling, grammar, etc.