Call for Posters


IAHCSMM would like to invite you to submit a poster presentation for the IAHCSMM Annual Conference and Expo. Now's the time to put your positive learning experiences in front of conference attendees and showcase them in this important educational offering.

The IAHCSMM 2020 Poster Displays offer a unique way to share your knowledge and experience with Sterile Processing (SP) professionals. They open the door for you to highlight a wide range of SP-related successes -- from quality improvement, cost savings or patient safety initiatives to infection prevention, staff development and customer relations improvements.

Submission Standards:

  • Attendee Posters must be non-commercial;
  • Vendor Posters may contain commercial information, but must have an educational (not sales) focus;
  • Submissions should contain only original material, not published or presented elsewhere prior to submission; and
  • Posters must be submitted as a single high resolution image, or as a nine-slide PowerPoint Presentation (Note: IAHCSMM will not accept posters in any other format. If you need assistance with available Presentation Templates, please contact Siri Sorensen by email).


All poster submissions must be received no later than 11:59pm CST, Friday, January 31, 2020. All entries must be submitted online. Posters submitted via fax or email will not be accepted. Incomplete submissions and posters submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Submissions must include a title, author names and affiliations, and an indication of which author (if any) will discuss the poster onsite at the conference, if the poster is selected to be presented. The posters will be published on the IAHCSMM website following the conference.

Please provide a short specific title indicating the nature of the presentation (Please Note: do not use abbreviations in the title). Data driven information is preferred and the background and goals of the study should be clear to the reader. A succinct summary of methods, a description of results and clear conclusions should also be provided.

Display Format:

To display your poster at the conference, please adhere to the following specifications:
  1. Size: 42" high by 72" wide, OR, a 9-slide PowerPoint presentation
  2. Orientation: Landscape

IAHCSMM will convert accepted submissions to both digital and poster formats for display during the Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. A list of posters and authors will be printed in the Conference Program and Guide to the Expo, and a PDF version of the poster will be made available online after the conference ends. Please Note: Several posters will be selected by IAHCSMM for oral presentation during exhibit hours. Authors will be contacted in advance for further acceptance of presentation.

Click here to view a gallery of previous poster submissions.

Selection Process:

IAHCSMM reviews each poster submission and reserves the right to refuse to publish any poster. Confirmation of acceptance/denial of your poster submission will be given by email by February 14, 2020.


IAHCSMM will bear the cost for the creation of the poster, for display in Chicago. If you would like to keep your poster after the conference, all shipping materials and expenses to return the poster will be at the expense of the poster author.

Please Note: IAHCSMM does not provide conference registration waivers or other monetary funding.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

  • Poster Submissions Due: Friday, January 31, 2020 (11:59pm CST)
  • Author Notifications Sent: Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Posters on Display: Monday, April 27 - Tuesday, April 28, 2020
  • Posters Online: Monday, May 4, 2020
Please address any questions to: Patti Koncur, IAHCSMM Education Specialist by email or by phone, 800.962.8274 ext. 402


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