Improving Presentation & Dissemination of Your Research: How to Create a Visual Abstract

Research journals are increasingly using social media and "visual abstracts" to disseminate publications. Over 70 journals now use the visual abstract including JAMA, NEJM, BMJ and CDC. 

Early research suggests that articles with a "visual abstract" are read three times as often as those without one. Attend this 90-minute hands-on workshop — led by Andrew M. Ibrahim M.D., M.Sc. — to learn the core principles and skills needed to effectively communicate your research in a visual format.

The format of the interactive session will be:

  • Introduction of the visual abstract (15 minutes)
  • Create a visual abstract using a templated guide (20 min.)
  • Review common visual abstract mistakes (20 min.)
  • Revise your visual abstract (20 min.)
  • Strategies to disseminate your work (10 min.)

Please bring a laptop and an abstract you would like to disseminate using social media. By the end of the session, you will be able to make a visual abstract of your own!

Facilitated by: Andrew M. Ibrahim M.D., M.Sc., clinical lecturer in surgery at U-M, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, and creative director at Annals of Surgery.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact Jordan Wright or 734-764-2574. Please also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange so letting us know at least 2 weeks in advance is much appreciated.

Upcoming Sessions

There are no scheduled sessions for this workshop. Interested in attending a future session? Let us know.