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Kansas Chapter 2014 Resident Abstract Competition

The Kansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) will hold its annual ACP Resident poster competition during the annual scientific meeting on Thursday and Friday, October 2-3, 2014 at the Hotel Sorella, 901 W. 48th Place, Kansas City, MO.

The Chapter will provide a $1,000 stipend for the winning resident primary author to present their work at the national 2015 ACP Internal Medicine Meeting being held in Boston, MA from April 30 to May 2.

Please use the online Abstract Submission Form for your submission. Word limit is 450 words. Information on preparing an abstract can be found online.

Abstracts will be accepted in the following categories:

Basic Research
To improve human health, scientific discoveries must be translated into practical applications. Such discoveries typically begin at the bench with basic research - in which scientists study disease at a molecular or cellular level.

Clinical Research
Patient-oriented research. Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes: mechanisms of human disease; therapeutic interventions; clinical trials; development of new technologies; analysis of existing datasets; epidemiologic and behavioral studies; outcomes research and health services research.

Quality Improvement-Patient Safety
Submissions can report on efforts to improve patient safety or outcomes measurement. Such efforts may be projects developed and initiated to promote patient safety and/or processes that have improved or created a safer environment for patients. Abstracts may also be submitted that relate to the use of outcome data, how to measure and convert data into information.

High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care
Projects that focus on: reducing waste in the system (unnecessary testing and treatment or inappropriate setting for care), minimizing harms (radiation exposure, medication side effects), or improving patient care through communication (incorporating patient values and concerns into care plans).

Clinical Vignette
A clinical vignette is a report of one or more cases that illustrates a new disease entity, or a prominent or unusual clinical feature of an established disease. It may include a summary of pertinent patient history, physical findings, laboratory data, or management description.

Please note the following:

  • Please note that authors must be ACP members prior to submitting the abstract. Residents can also complete an online membership application. Please allow three days after applying for membership before submitting your abstract.
  • You must register for the annual meeting and complete an RSVP form for the meals. A chapter meeting registration form will be posted on the Kansas Chapter Web site by the end of June in the News & Meetings section.
  • No abstracts will be accepted after 5:00 pm (CDT) June 20, 2014.
  • Applicants will be notified by August 1, 2014 whether the abstract has been accepted for oral or poster presentation.

Please review the following instructions in preparing your poster. Posters not meeting these specifications will not be eligible for judging.

  1. The poster board surface is approximately 3’ high x 2’ wide (portrait presentation) and must be mounted onto foam core so it is rigid.
  2. Please do not make major alterations in the text of your abstract. This is strictly a poster competition. Therefore, laptops with slide shows are not permitted as part of your presentation.
  3. The primary author MUST be present and stand by the poster during the competition to give a brief presentation (4-5 minutes) of the poster to the judges. The competitors should be prepared to answer questions about their poster following their presentation.
  4. The winning resident will be asked to alter their posters to meet the National competition’s size requirements.
  5. Please note that poster graphics may be viewed or read from distances of approximately 3’ or more. Charts, drawings, and illustrations may be similar to those you would use in making slides; preferably simple and more heavily drawn.
  6. Simple use of color can add emphasis effectively. Hand-lettered material should contain heavy lettering, at least 3/8” high. Use block letters where possible. Typed material should be prepared in a large, legible font. Please keep illustrative material simple. Provide a panel containing the title, and name(s) of author(s) to identify your poster easily.
  7. This year, only 60 posters will be chosen for display. Therefore, competitors should submit their best case, as only one from each primary author will be accepted.

Please direct questions to Kris Rahm at krisrahm@me.com or 605-339-9804.

Leigh Eck MD
Melissa Gaines, MD
Co-Chairs, Abstract Committee


Page updated: 05/15/14

Contact Information


Susan K. Pingleton, MD, FACP
ACP Governor, Kansas Chapter


Kris Rahm
Executive Director
4904 S Sweetbriar Dr
Sioux Falls SD 57108
605-339-9804 - office
605-321-1466 - cell
605-271-9227 - fax
Email: krisrahm@me.com

Laurie Braun
Chapter Administrative Assistant
605-331-6995
E-mail: lauriejbraun@me.com