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RCP regional poster competition 2023

The RCP regional team are delighted to announce that they will once again be running a programme of 14 virtual poster competitions for medicine trainees across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2023.

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed and shortlisted applicants will be invited to prepare a poster for virtual presentation to a regional judging panel at a competition held between September and November 2023. Presentation dates will vary between regions/nations and the judging panel will include senior local consultants and SAS doctors.

All posters submitted to our regional poster competitions are also considered by the editorial teams of the RCP journals to see if they offer scope for expanding into full journal articles for potential publication in one of our peer reviewed journals, Clinical Medicine, and the Future Healthcare Journal.

Eligibility criteria

All lead authors must be current and subscribing members of the RCP.

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This competition is open to medicine trainees at all levels - medical student, foundation year, IMT, ACCS-AM or ST3-7 (or equivalent) and MTI doctors. Trainees at ST level should be working in an RCP recognised specialty. To be eligible, trainees should not be expecting to complete their training (i.e., obtain their CCT) before 1 November 2023.

Physician associates and physician associate students are also invited to participate. Applications from public health trainees will be accepted if they are subscribing members of the RCP.

This competition is not open to surgical trainees and submissions from medical trainees must not relate to surgical work.

The competition is limited to two entries per trainee as named author. Any subsequent submissions will be rejected. Should you wish to withdraw an abstract that you have already submitted, please contact your RCP regional manager who is responsible for regional submissions or email UKregions@rcp.ac.uk.

Group submissions are accepted, but a lead author must be identified with all other authors named as a co-author. The lead author must be eligible as per the above eligibility criteria, and the application submitted in the region/nation where the lead author is training. 

As this is a competition for trainees only, consultants should not be named as co-authors on the application. They should however be referenced on the poster if shortlisted to present.


Posters can describe any of the following:

  • Research and education
  • Examples of good practice, service improvement and innovation
  • Audit/Quality Improvement Project
  • Innovation in medical education/training
  • Case study.

Abstracts should consist of a maximum of 250 words and not have been presented or published anywhere else.

Abstracts will be scored out of five against the following criteria:

  • Impact
  • Quality of evidence
  • Originality of research
  • Relevance to clinical practice.


All shortlisted applicants will receive a certificate.

One winner and one highly commended trainee will be announced in each region/nation and awarded a certificate. Both will be offered a free virtual place at Medicine 2024, plus entry into our electronic digest, 'RCP regional poster competitions 2023'.

NB: For winning group submissions, only the lead author will receive a virtual place at Medicine 2024, with their co-authors at trainee grades receiving a certificate and referenced in the digest.

Deadline for submissions

This competition will open on 1 April 2023.  

Deadline for submissions is 23:59 on 28 June 2023.

For more information on eligibility and abstract categories and to apply for the RCP regional poster competition, click the 'submit your abstract' button at the top right of this page from 1 April 2023.

How to prepare a poster presentation

This video was originally recorded for the RCP medicine careers showcase. Although Dr Clifford Lisk focuses on in-person poster presentations, many of the top-tips are applicable to digital posters and may be useful to applicants.