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Most residents, students, and junior faculty will be called on to make some sort of presentation in their respective careers. In this guide you will find information on the three most common types of presentations as well as information on how to do a basic literature search:
The type of presentation that you use will depend on several factors: type of research project, conference requirements, likelihood of acceptance of presentation, and presenter's comfort level for public speaking. Some projects are better presented more visually in a poster format, while others work better as an oral presentation. Beginning speakers may be more comfortable with a poster presentation where you generally talk to one person at a time, versus an oral presentation where you will face a room full of people. Different disciplines have conferences set up in different ways. Some may have an abundance of posters, lending to a high acceptance rate, while others may lean towards special resident presentations or short oral presentations. It is best to check with an experienced faculty in your department to find the best conferences for your application.