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2015 Pennsylvania Eastern Region Abstract Competition

We are pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the 2015 ACP Pennsylvania Chapter Eastern Region. The competition will be held Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Penn State/Hershey in Hershey.

This competition is limited to Resident/Fellow Members and Medical Student members of the ACP Pennsylvania Eastern Region ONLY. If you do not know your Pennsylvania Chapter region assignment, please check the zip code listing. If you are not currently an ACP member, residents and students can join at online.

Abstracts will be accepted into three categories: Clinical Vignette (reports of one or more cases that illustrate a rare disease entity or an unusual clinical presentation of an established disease), Research (clinical and/or laboratory research, delineating a new investigation into mechanisms of disease or consisting of a detailed review of a clinical problem), and Quality Improvement/Patient Safety. Refer to the online guides on How to Write a Clinical Vignette Abstract and How to Write a Research Abstract for more information.

All abstract submissions must be entered electronically via the online abstract submission form, which will be available on the chapter website on July 1. Remember to use the Eastern Region abstract link for submitting your abstract.

Each abstract will be evaluated on scientific merit, originality, presentation and clinical application. The abstract selection is competitive and not all abstracts submitted will be selected for poster presentation. Please note: only TWO abstracts can be submitted per first author. Word limit is 250 for cases; 450 for QI/Patient Safety and Research. Your abstract may not have been previously presented anywhere. Please note that first author and actual presenter must be members of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Submissions will not be accepted without your ACP membership number.

The abstract submission deadline: 11:59 PM August 2, 2015. Abstracts received after the deadline will not be accepted! We encourage you to submit early to ensure that your abstract is received.

All communication regarding the abstract competition will be sent electronically, so please make sure your submission e-mail address is accurate. You will receive an individual e-mail notification from Dr. Simon Mucha once he has received your abstract. Do not rely on any automatic confirmations generated by the computer. Authors of abstracts selected for poster presentation will be notified by e-mail later in the summer.

Separately, Dr. Brian McAllister, Chair of the Doctor's Dilemma competition, will send out an announcement. Only residents may participate in this event.

We look forward to your participation! It is a great event.

Nicole A. Swallow, MD, FACP Program Chair
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Training Program
Penn State/Hershey Medical Center
nswallow@hmc.psu.edu