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Physician Assistant Studies Resources: Poster Design

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Poster Resources for PA Students

Creating Effective Posters class presentation slides

Poster Template for 36" x 56" (printable .PDF)

Sample Poster Template for 36" x 56" posters (.PPT usable for drafting a poster)

WIDESCREEN Poster Template (31.5" x 56") to refer to in creating e-posters (.PDF version)

WIDESCREEN Poster Template (31.5" x 56") for e-poster (.PPT usable for drafting a poster)

Finding Free/Open Use  Images with Google filtered for free/open use under

Sample Poster Template for 36" x 56" electronic posters (.ppt to use for making a poster)

Creative Commons or GNU license or in public domain

Flickr: Creative Commons: Photos offered by Flickr users for free/open use under a Creative Commons license

Exporting PowerPoint 2016 files in .pdf format for printing

Windows/PC:  File > Export > Create PDF/XPS > optimize for Standard (publishing online or printing) > Publish



A Selection of Key HSL Media Design Resources

From HSL home page > scroll down to bottom of subject resources, click on more subjects > scroll down, click on media design under “subjects and librarians” on left.  You will see several guides, including these:


Additional resources:  


Some Resources and Examples from PA Conferences:

AAPA/American Academy of Physician Assistants poster resources (updated 2/2016):

Samples: 2020 ePosters online gallery

Sample:  AAPA 2016 Poster Session Guidelines - 2016 AAPA Conference (.pdf):  learn about the process and the JAAPA Student Poster Award, see FAQ's, and more (deadline to submit has passed for 2016 Conference)

  • If you are interested in submitting an abstract for an ePoster at AAPA 2017, please look for more information in September, 2016.
  • If you are interested in submitting as abstract for Research in Action at AAPA 2017, please look for more information in May, 2017.
  • Alternatively, you may contact to be put on the announcement lists. - See more at:

2015 AAPA Poster Abstracts are published in October, November, December 2015 (Voume 28: 10-12) of JAAPA. 

AFPPA/Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants

Allied Health Student Poster Design Tips Handout

Tips for Creating a Poster in PowerPoint 2019 and Office 365

  • PowerPoint Versions
    • PowerPoint for Windows Office 365 and 2019 are very similar at this time (2020), although Office 365 is continually updated with the latest features and updates. Office 2019 and Office 365 can be installed on both MAC's and PC's.
    • See the Designing Effective Posters guide for additional information and features (for Mac’s and PC’s). 
  • Poster Size (if you’re printing the poster for display)
    • A PowerPoint slide cannot be larger than 56” by 56”, unless you set the slide size to widescreen (in PowerPoint 2013 this will make the slide width 64”).
    • If you want your poster to be larger than that, you will need to set your slide to be half-size and print the poster at 200%
  • Aligning Objects
    • To align two or more objects, select the objects and then click Arrange > Align on the Home tab.
    • You can align objects by their centers, left or right sides, middles, or top and bottom sides.
  • Distributing Objects Evenly
    • To space 3 or more objects evenly, select them and go to the Home tab and click Arrange > Align > Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Vertically.
  • Grouping Objects
    • To move 2 or more objects together, you can group them.
    • Select the objects, go to the Home tab and click Arrange > Group. The objects you grouped will now behave as though they were one object.
    • To separate objects you’ve grouped, select the grouped object and click Arrange > Ungroup on the Home tab.
  • Sending to Front/Send to Back
    • To see an object that’s now behind another one, select the first object and click Arrange > Send to Front on the Home tab.
    • To hide an object that’s now in front of another one, select the first object and click Arrange > Send to Back on the Home tab.
  • Making a Perfect Square or Circle, or a Perfectly Straight Line (resize keeping proportion/aspect ratio)
    • Hold down the Shift key as you’re drawing them.
  • Checking Images for Pixelation
    • Zoom your view to 100%.

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School of Medicine High Resolution Logo for Posters

School of Medicine Logos / Branding web page
Blue, black, or white logos in various file formats. Use the approved image in your posters presentations, reports, or publications.

To use this JPEG image in your poster, open and right click on the image, select "Save image as". In PowerPoint, select Insert then Picture.

Multimedia Design Resources