Summary: Posters are used widely at medical and medical education conferences and also in other settings. The 21st century has introduced electronic posters, or e-posters. In order to know how to design and construct effective e-posters, students (and practising professionals) will have to be taught the required skills. Description: Posters are an integral part of communication skills in the Health Sciences: from patient-information posters on walls in clinics and doctors’ waiting rooms, to poster presentations at academic conferences.

Many of us have grown up surrounded by posters, and have had little formal training in poster design. Even so, where we have had training, we have benefitted by improving our poster design. We have also seen countless examples of both good and bad poster design.

In the 21st century, the rapid transition to the electronic poster (e-poster) introduces a new element to poster design. While many of the lessons from paper posters can be transferred to e-posters, it is a grave mistake to think that an e-poster is merely a paper poster in electronic format.

The e-poster is to the paper poster what the PowerPoint presentation is to the OHP slide. And we have all seen the disasters of presenters who have merely moved their tired old OHP slides into PowerPoint.

E-posters open a whole new world of multimedia and other presentation opportunities not available to paper posters. Designing and developing good e-posters, however, is a skill; just like any other skill, it will have to be taught and learnt. For medical students to become good e-poster creators, they will need to be taught, and taught properly.

The good news is that it can be done, and has been done successfully. If you would like to see a short paper of teaching medical and health sciences’ students how to develop e-posters, please follow this link: