Mechanics for Oral and Poster Research Contests

Mechanics for Oral and Poster Research Contests

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The following shall be the mechanics for the Research Contest for Resident Physicians / Diplomates / Fellows of the Philippine College of Radiology:


A. Written entries


1. Any research done by a resident/diplomate/fellow may qualify for submission. Researches previously presented in a national contest may no longer be submitted. The principal author of a submitted entry shall personally present the research paper.

2. Written entries must follow the following general format:

A. Title

B. Abstract

C. Introduction

D. Methods

E. Results

F. Discussion

G. References

(No identifying marks of authors nor hospital names, no paper presentation/awards history, hospital names should be replaced by words such as “tertiary” hospital, no addresses please)


3. Each written entry must be submitted as one with (4) softcopies and (4) hardcopies, each set placed in an unmarked short brown envelop and all four short sized unsealed brown envelopes are placed in a long sized sealed brown envelope with name of the author and title of the paper on the front face of the envelope.


4.  Softcopies must be in MS Word (*.doc, not *.docx) format, double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12 pt font, and burned in CD-R. Hardcopies must be in the same format as the softcopy, printed in letter-sized bond paper (8.5 x 11 in.).


4. All entries should be submitted to the Dr. Maria Lourdes Bernardo-Lacanilao at the Philippine College of Radiology Office on or before January 26, 5:00 PM.


5. Written entries will be prejudged using the criteria in Table 2. Scores for the written portion of the entry will no longer be changed after prejudging.




Development of the research question (10 points)   
  • Has there been adequate introduction of an unfamiliar topic?
  • Is there evidence of review of past literature regarding the topic?
  • Is there adequate justification of why the research question was asked?
  • Are objectives clearly stated? Is the general objective convertible into an answerable question?
  • Are all the specific objectives necessary to attain the general objective?
Relevance of the paper (10 points)
  • If the research question has been addressed in the past, does it merit another process of inquiry?
  • Will the answers to the research question create a dent in healthcare? Will specific and relevant healthcare programs possibly spring from the answers to the question?
Methodology (5 points)
  • Was an appropriate study design utilized?
  • Were the methods described in sufficient detail to permit replication? Imagine that you will do the study again. Are all the information you need found in the methods section?
Results (10 points)
  • Were baseline characteristics of the study participants described?
  • Are all the details in the rest of the results section needed to attain the objectives?
  • Appropriate use of graphs, charts, images, tables, etc in presentation of results.
  • Were precision measurements (i.e., p-values, 95% confidence intervals) mentioned when appropriate?
Discussion (10 points)
  • Was there a brief summary of the findings of the study?
  • Were there comparisons between the findings of the study and the findings of other authors?
  • Was there an explicit appraisal of the study methods that could have influenced the results of the study?
  • Were there methodological flaws of the study which were pointed out when appropriate?
Recommendations (5 points)
  • Were there any appropriate recommendations presented?
  • Were recommendations for future studies or healthcare practice made?
Conclusion (5 points)
  • Concise statement of findings, positive or negative.  Please review the research objectives or the research questions again. Did the conclusion(s) directly address the research objectives or the research questions?
Written paper Text and Grammar (5 points)
  • Was the text concise and easy to read and comprehend?
  • Neither misspelled texts nor grammatical errors present.
Total (60)


B. Oral presentations


1. Softcopies of all presentations (*.ppt format only, not *.pptx) shall be submitted to the PCR office on or before February 1, 2017, 5:00 PM to the PCR Office, Quezon City.  Submitted presentations MAY NO LONGER be changed. The oral presentation for the written entries will take place on February 15, 2017 at the Henry Sy Auditorium, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Global City, 11 AM. Call time is at 9:00 AM.  Contest proper 11:00 – 1:00 pm.  Last minute changes may occur without prior notice so presenters are encouraged to be there at 8 AM. Order of presentation is predetermined by drawing lots by the committee.


2. Each presentation must not exceed 7 minutes. The moderator will inform the presenter to start the presentation, a green bulb will be switched on and time count will start the moment the presenter starts talking. On the 5th minute, a yellow bulb will be switched on by the time-keeper. On the 7th minute, a red bulb will be switched on by the time-keeper and the moderator will advise the presenter to end the presentation. The presenter MAY NO LONGER proceed with the presentation after the moderator’s advise to stop.


3. Each of the judges will be allowed to give comments and ask only one question from the presenters. The moderator will facilitate the flow of this portion of the presentation to contain all the questions and answers within 3 minutes.


4. Oral presentations will be judged using the criteria in Table 3.


5.  Oral Presenters must wear their long white blazer over their formal attire, dress for females and long sleeves with necktie for males.



Organization of contents (10 points)           
  • Were presentation contents organized in a manner that is easy to follow?
  • Is the presentation able to stimulate audience interest?
Visual aids (10)  
  • Were appropriate presentation aids used in order to demonstrate concepts that are rather difficult to visualize?
Answers to questions (10)               
  • Were judges’ questions answered in a clear and concise manner?
Delivery (10)
  • Did the presenter’s voice modulation, grooming, poise and diction contribute to the success of the presentation?
Total (40)



C.  Awards and Prizes


Cash prizes await the first, second and third placers.  There is a special award for the best presenter and consolation prizes for the rest of the presenters.


Edited full paper of the first, second and third place winners and abstracts of the consolation prize winners will be compiled in the Annual PCR Journal.  Principal authors will retain the copyrights of full-text submissions.


The decision of the judges will be final.










1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Development of the research question (10)
Relevance of the paper (10)
Methodology (5)
Results (10)
Discussion (10)
Recommendations (5)
Conclusion (5)
Written Paper Text and Grammar (5)
Organization of contents (10)
Visual aids (10)
Answers to questions (10)
Delivery (10)
Total (100)                          




February 15-18, 2017

    1.  Annually, the PCR research committee chooses from among the submitted completed research papers received from PCR members and PCR residents-in-training.  Research papers published in any local or international journals may be submitted provided this is disclosed to the committee so the research abstract will no longer be published in the PCR research journal.
    2. Research Posters should follow the following format:
      1. Title
      2. Abstract
      3. Introduction
      4. Methodology
      5. Results
      6. Conclusion
  2. Each research poster entry must submit the soft copy of the poster and abstract to in MS Word ad PDF format.  Four hardcopies of poster and abstract must be printed in a letter-sized (8.5” x 11”) bond paper, Substance 20, and placed in a short sized brown envelop.
  3. All entries must be submitted to the PCR office on or before February 1, 2017.


    1.  Poster size should be 116 x 190 cm (width x length), portrait orientation.



  1. Letters and illustrations should be clear and readable even at a distance of 4 feet from the poster.
  2. Posters should be mounted before the opening ceremonies of the 2017 PCR Convention.  All posters should be displayed throughout the convention period until the last lecture on Saturday.
  3. The presenter should be in his/her assigned poster board from 9-11 AM on February 16, 2017.  Judges will be allowed to give comments and ask questions from the presenter.


    1.  Audience Awareness (15 points)
      1.  Does the poster convey the research findings in a manner that a non-subject specialist will understand?
      2. Is the poster able to stimulate the audience interest?
  2. Content (30 points)
    1. Researcher is able to convey reasons of his interest in the research topic.
    2. Clear in presenting the research objectives.
    3. Clear and appropriate methods.
    4. Results presented clearly and in a concise manner.
    5. Results supporting the conclusion(s) made.
    6. Conclusion drawn will surely help improve existing healthcare practice.
  3. Visual Design (25 points)
    1. Appropriate use of color and artistic design?
    2. Texts and illustrations clear even at 4 feet distance?
    3. Appropriate use of texts, figures, pictures, graphs and illustrations in the poster?
    4. All elements in the poster come together to attract readers’ interest?
  4. Text and Grammar (15 points)
    1. Use Times New Roman for your text.
    2. Text concise and easy to read.
    3. Neither misspelled texts nor grammatical errors.
  5. Poster Presentation Skills (15 points)
    1. Judges’ questions were answered in a clear and concise manner.
    2. Presenter showed mastery of his research work.


TOTAL:  (100 points)


Scores from three judges will be tallied and the top five scores will receive cash prizes and certificates of recognition.



Recognition and awarding of prizes of the poster winners will be done after the lunch symposium on the 3rd day of the convention together with the Photo contest winners.