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AACD International Poster Competition

AACD International Poster Competition

Without the dedication and passion of the dental community, the advancements of cosmetic dentistry would not be where they are today. The AACD International Poster Session creates an outlet for students, clinicians, researchers, and international dental faculty to share their scientific findings and to promote greater interaction within the dental community.
Click here to download grading criteria for the Poster Session. 
Click here to download a sample poster. 

Call for Papers - 2017 Submissions are now closed

Undergraduate and Post-Graduate students, researchers and international dental junior faculty are encouraged and invited to share their clinical cases and research with AACD members at the annual scientific session in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 18 - 21, 2017 in the following areas:
  • Clinical case
  • Material science
Selected papers will be given the chance to display and/or present.
In order to enter the AACD Poster Session, you must submit the following materials:

Clinical Case Submissions

Abstract: Please submit an abstract of no more than 100 words describing your Case Presentation Type and outcomes you have tried to attain. There should be some description to types of materials used and disciplines involved in the final result.
Note: Your abstract must include a title, name of AACD University Educators Forum School, your name, your address, phone number, and e-mail address.
Supporting Material: All individuals submitting a clinical case presentation must present photographic documentation submitted to university@aacd.com with one or more of the below Case Presentation Types:
  • Porcelain Veneers (1 or more porcelain Restorations)
  • Direct Composite Bonded Veneer (1 or more Restorations)
  • Class IV Bonded Restoration(s)
  • Bleaching
  • Anterior All Ceramic Crown(s)
  • Anterior Bridge All Ceramic Bridge
  • Anterior Implant Crown(s)
Please submit the following (8) eight required photo views:
  • Full face (frontal view) – 1:10, before and after
  • Full Smile (frontal view, non-retracted) – 1:2, before and after
  • Retracted (front view) – arches slightly separated – 1:2, before and after
  • Occlusal view – 1:2, before and after of the arch treated

Material Science Submissions

Abstract: Please submit an abstract of no more than 100 words describing your Hypothesis and Methods and Materials Used. You should also include the names and manufacturers of and materials used in the study. Only In Vitro (Bench Top) Cases will be accepted. Details and description as to how the study was run, discussion as to previous work in the area including citations will be required. The final results attained and their clinical relevance in Aesthetic Dentistry will be of importance in the final evaluation of the project.

Note: Your abstract must include a title, name of AACD University Educators Forum School, your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
Individuals submitting a materials science poster may choose to present data/charts to support their abstract, but it is not required. Any work shown, not the author(s) of this poster, must have references as to origin.

Submission Deadline & Instructions:

Your abstract, any supporting materials, and a copy of the Case Submission Form, must be submitted to university@aacd.com no later than midnight, Monday, March 13, 2017
Click here to submit your abstract
A signed copy of the Case Submission Form MUST accompany all abstracts. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
Deadlines will be strictly enforced – no exceptions.
Notification of Acceptance:
Poster abstracts submission acceptance will be sent via e-mail along with registration instructions.
Posters will be judged by a panel of AACD members unaffiliated with the Credentialing arm of the Academy, on-site at the annual scientific session in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 21, 2017. In consideration that participants are beginning to explore education in cosmetic dentistry, the AACD Credentialing standards will not be applied to the judgment of this poster session. Recognition in the poster session does not imply compliance with the AACD's Credentialing Standards nor does it imply achievement of Accreditation or Accreditation-level dentistry.  Winners will be determined and All Poster Award Winners should be prepared to give a 15 minute verbal PowerPoint presentation on their poster to potentially present the following day at AACD 2017 in Las Vegas.

Specifications for Poster Session Presentations

  • Posters may be a maximum of 4 ft./48 inches (width) and  3 ft./36 inches (height)
  • Be sure to include the abstract title, author name(s), and the institution, if applicable, where the work was completed, in large letters centered at the top of the poster.
  • Abstracts should include a concise introduction describing the purpose of the poster, as well as a brief description of the methods, results, and conclusions.
  • The poster session is a graphics presentation of an author’s work using graphs, photographs, diagrams, and any sample educational materials developed on a poster board.
  • You will be responsible for mounting your own poster prior to the poster session and removing your display materials at the conclusion of the session.
  • Presenters are encouraged to hand-carry your poster to the scientific session, using tubular packaging or a portfolio case.
  • Handouts are encouraged to supplement your poster.
  • Presenters are highly encouraged to be near their displays to discuss their work with attendees throughout the poster session. They must however be present during the 2 hours that the posters will be judged. The timing for the viewing of posters and actual judging will be provided the day of set up.

Tips for Poster Session Displays

  • Posters should allow for a short presentation and stimulate discussion. Therefore, keep text to a minimum, emphasize graphics and photos, and make sure every item in your poster is necessary.
  • Draw a rough sketch of your poster first. You may find it helpful to use graph paper and post-it notes to better visualize where the components of your presentation will go.
  • Materials must easily be read at a distance of 4 feet. Ordinary type or carelessly prepared handwritten copy is unacceptable, and will not be displayed. Use a font size of at least 26 point and double space.
  • Space your information proportionally by dividing your poster either horizontally or vertically into three or four sections. Then place related materials (e.g. photograph with accompanying text) close together and highlight it by framing with blank space.


Undergraduate Clinical Case Award   First place: $200; Second place: $150; Third Place $100
Undergraduate Materials Science Award First place: $200; Second place: $150; Third Place $100
Post Graduate Clinical Case Award   First place: $200; Second place: $150; Third Place $100
Post Graduate Materials Science Award  First place: $200; Second place: $150; Third Place $100
Junior Faculty Clinical Case Award    First place: $200; Second place: $150; Third Place $100
Junior Faculty Materials Science Award First place: $200; Second place: $150; Third Place $100
Honorable Esthetic Achievement Poster Students Award (HEAPS) 
Although any AACD Educators’ Forum member school may have multiple entrants to the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Poster competition, the HEAPS Award will be judged by the University Educator Forum School and their faculty in whatever competition they design. The design details must be sent to the AACD by December 11, 2017 to university@aacd.com.
In order to be considered for this HEAPS AWARD, the following conditions must be met:
  1. The awarded school must be an AACD University Educators’ Forum School and have a representative at the AACD 2018 Chicago University Educators' Forum.
  2. The Awarded School must present the award to the Senior Student at the graduation ceremony or at an appropriate Awards Ceremony where comparable awards are presented. They must send a photo of the student receiving the award to the AACD at university@aacd.com by June 4, 2018.
  3. The Award winner must present at AACD 2018 Chicago located in the exhibit hall [a Poster Competition area will be designated with a sign on the poster boards for Honorable Esthetic Achievement Poster Students Award (HEAPS)].
  4. The Award will only be available to the first 20 schools that identify a Senior Dental Student that is judged by the school to have performed the best Aesthetic Clinical Case Outcome. This will require that the case follow this criteria. It should include an abstract and color photos of the full poster in digital format (PowerPoint best). The files must be electronically sent to the attention of Poster Session Coordinator, AACD Executive Office, 402 W Wilson St., Madison, WI 53703 or email by February 12, 2018.
Although there is a deadline, please be aware that only the first 20 schools that identify and submit their student’s poster will be considered for this award. (No more than one student from each AACD University Educators’ Forum School is eligible)
This award is only available for the:
The student judged by the individual University Educators’ Forum School will upon completion of the above four stated conditions receive a Certificate from AACD and a monetary award of $500 USD.

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