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ACP National Abstract Competitions

Please note: The information on this page is for the ACP National Abstract Competition that is part of the College's annual scientific meeting, Internal Medicine. For information on local abstract competitions, please visit your Chapter Web site, or contact your ACP Governor.

National Competitions Time Line

Key ActivityDate/Time Period
Abstracts Portal OpensOctober 15, 2014
Deadline for SubmissionDecember 1, 2014
Abstract Review Period December 2014 - January 2015
Results Notification February 4, 2015
ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2015 in Boston, MAApril 30 - May 2, 2015

Eligibility
Authors Eligibility

All first authors must be ACP Resident/Fellow Members or ACP Medical Student Members in good standing to submit an abstract. If you are not an ACP member, you can join online.

First authors of any abstract chosen as a winner in any competition must be prepared to give an oral or poster presentation of their work at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2015 in Boston, MA. Authors chosen as finalists in the Poster Division of any competitions must set up their posters in Boston, MA, and be on site for the poster judging session.

Abstract Eligibility

Original abstracts that either have or have not been presented at other meetings including ACP Chapters/Regions will be considered. Abstracts previously submitted to the National Meeting are not eligible and are subject to disqualification. Presentation of original work at the ACP meeting may, however, jeopardize presentation before another society. Abstracts are eligible if they have been published; however, abstracts based upon full papers that have been published are not eligible.

Deadline and Requirements
Deadline for Submission

The deadline to submit an abstract for 2015 for both the 2015 Resident/Fellow Members and Medical Students Members Abstracts Competitions is Monday, December 1, 2014, 5:00 PM EST.

Word Limit for Abstracts

The electronic abstract system will accept approximately 450 words. If you go over the limit, your abstract will remain in draft status and will not be submitted to the competitions. Please note, the word limit includes the title and authors.

ACP Membership Requirement

The first author must be an ACP Resident/Fellow Member in good standing (dues paid) or ACP Medical Student Member to submit an abstract.

Abstract Categories and Definitions

Abstracts are divided into five 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.

Writing an Abstract

Writing a Research Abstract

The first rule of writing abstracts is to know the rules. Organizers of scientific meetings set explicit limits on the length abstracts. For the ACP national meeting, the abstract submission application contains blocks for your title and co-authors as well as four blocks for the body of your abstract: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. The scientific abstract is usually divided into five unique sections, so to provide a more uniform abstract style, your submission must conform to the style provided. Since reviewers have many abstracts to read and rank; this format has been provided to make it easier conform to the stated rules and reduce the number that are simply discarded.

Writing a Clinical Vignette (Case Report) Abstract

Case reports represent the oldest and most familiar form of medical communication. Far from a “second-class” publication, many original observations are first presented as case reports. Like scientific abstracts, the case report abstract is governed by rules that dictate its format and length. This article will outline the features of a well-written case report abstract and provide an example to emphasize the main features.

View the Guide to Preparing for the Abstract Competition.

How to Submit/Revise an Abstract Chapter Winners Information
Submit a Copy of Your Abstract to ACP National

Please submit a copy of your winning abstracts to ACP National by logging into the ACP Abstracts Portal using your ACP user name and password.

If you are having trouble logging in you can reset your password here or call Member and Customer Service at 800-523-1546, x2600 or 215-351-2600 or email custserv@acponline.org.

Verify Meeting Registration & Travel Arrangments

Please contact your local ACP Chapter for information about attending the meeting such as your registration fee and your travel arrangements. The National ACP does not offer funding for medical students or residents presenting posters on behalf of their chapter.

Notification of National Winners & Finalists 2015

All first authors will be notified by February 4, 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be an ACP member to submit an Abstract?
Yes, the first author must be an ACP Resident/Fellow Member in good standing (dues paid) or ACP Medical Student Member to submit an abstract.

How do I check on my ACP membership status?
Contact Member and Customer Service at 800-523-1546, x2600 or 215-351-2600 or e-mail custserv@acponline.org.

What is the word limit for submitting abstracts?
The electronic abstract system will accept approximately 450 words. If you go over the limit, your abstract will remain in draft status and will not be submitted to the competitions. Please note, the word limit includes the title and authors.

Does the word limit include the title and authors, or is it just for the body of the abstract?
The 450 count word limit does include the title and authors sections in the system.

Can I include images with my abstract?
No, the electronic abstract system will only accept text; therefore, images are not permitted.

How many abstracts can I submit?
As a first author, you can submit up to a total of six abstracts; two abstracts to the Clinical Vignette Competition and one abstract to each of the Research Competitions: Basic Research, Clinical Research, and Quality Improvement-Patient Safety, and High Value Care.

What do I do if I'm having trouble logging into the Abstract Portal?
You can reset your password here or call Member and Customer Service at 800-523-1546, x2600 or 215-351-2600 or email custserv@acponline.org.

What if I forgot my username and/or password?
You can reset your password here.

Will I be notified that my abstract has been submitted successfully?
Yes, you will receive an e-mail notification that your abstract has been submitted successfully.

Can I make changes/corrections to my submitted abstract?
Yes, you can modify your abstract up until the abstract deadline . Be sure to save the changes before exiting the system.

I accidently submitted my abstract in the wrong category. How do I correct this?
You must withdrawal your abstract and resubmit in the correct category.

How do I withdraw an abstract after it has been submitted?
Send an email to abstracts@acponline.org requesting the withdrawal.

When will I be notified of the results?
All first authors will be notified by February 1, 2015.

When and where will the meeting take place?
The ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2015 will be held from April 30-May 2, 2015 in Boston, MA.

By submitting my abstract to the National Competitions, does that automatically include me in my local Chapter Competitions?
No, you must submit your abstract separately to the National Competitions and your local Chapter Competitions. To find out more information, please visit your local chapter website.

Whom can I contact if I have questions about local ACP chapters abstract competitions?
For information on local abstract competitions, visit your Chapter Web site, or contact your ACP Governor.

Whom can I contact if I have questions about the National ACP Abstract Competition?
E-mail questions to abstracts@acponline.org.

Local Abstract Competitions

Below are Chapter Abstract Booklets that include all submissions for the local chapter abstract competitions. The purpose of publishing these abstract books are to highlight the Residents and Medical Students' research and offer an platform for presenting their work in a formal setting before peers, faculty, researchers and educators.

For information on local abstract competitions, please visit your Chapter Web site, or contact your ACP Governor.

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