As journal editors, we strongly support resident research and believe that poster submissions are an effective and important medium for residents to present their findings at national and international scientific meetings. Contrary to common misconceptions, posters are not necessarily a “lesser” presentation; many excellent, published studies have been presented originally as posters. Program committees might choose the oral program for reasons other than scientific merit (driven by Continuing Medical Education requirements or attendee ratings, “controversial” clinical topics to drive meeting attendance, etc). As a result, high-quality clinical and basic research may not be accepted to the podium portion of the program.
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