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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 Internal Medicine Meeting 2016, ACP’s annual scientific meeting. 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, 2015
Deadline for Submission The deadline to submit has been extended until Monday, December 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST.
Abstract Review Period December 2015 - January 2016
Results Notification February 3, 2016
ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2016 in Washington, DCMay 5-7, 2016

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 2016 in Washington, DC. Authors chosen as finalists in the Poster Division of any competitions must set up their posters in Washington, DC, and be on site for the poster judging session. Only first authors will be registered for the meeting and invited to present. If you cannot attend, you must forfeit your presentation.

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 both the 2016 Resident/Fellow Members and Medical Students Members Abstracts Competitions has been extended until Monday, December 7, 2015 at 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

Login to 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.

A Guide to the Abstracts Portal

A Guide to the Abstracts Portal

Oral & Poster Presenter Information
ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2016 Oral Presenter Information

The ACP Resident/Fellow Competition Winners will be highlighted on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in rooms 204A and 204B. The presentations will begin at 12:45 PM; however, all first authors should arrive at their designated room promptly at 12:15 PM so they can load their presentation onto the computer. Technical assistance will be available at this time. Presentations should be 6 minutes in length and we will allow 2 additional minutes for questions. The room will be equipped with Microsoft PowerPoint.

The ACP Medical Student Competition Winners will be highlighted on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 209. The presentations will begin at 11:05 AM; however, all first authors should arrive at their designated room promptly at 10:25 AM so they can load their presentation onto the computer. Technical assistance will be available at this time. Presentations should be 6 minutes in length and we will allow 2 additional minutes for questions. The room will be equipped with Microsoft PowerPoint.

ACP Internal Medicine Meeting Poster Presenter Information

Medical Student and Resident/Fellow abstract poster presenters for Internal Medicine Meeting 2016 should review the Clinical Vignette & Research Poster Competition Poster Presenter Guidelines document for information on preparing your poster, as well as the dates and times of the poster presentations.

Poster Guidelines

Poster Guidelines

Preparing the Presentation
FAQs for Oral & Poster Presenters

When is my poster presentation? Resident/Fellow research posters will be judged on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Resident/Fellow clinical vignette posters will be judged on Friday, May 6, 2016. All Medical Student posters will be judged on Saturday, May 7, 2016. For a complete schedule with locations and times, please see the Research and Clinical Vignette Poster Guidelines.

Where is my presentation?
Posters will be displayed in the ACP Poster Area, located in Hall AB of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Will you register me for Internal Medicine Meeting 2016?
Yes! We will register you for Internal Medicine Meeting 2016, and your registration fee will be waived. If you have already registered for the meeting, your fee will be refunded. Please note that Resident/Fellow Members must be in good standing (dues paid) for us to register you for Internal Medicine Meeting 2016.

If I cannot attend the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2106, can a co-author present in my place?
No, only first authors (those who submit the abstract) will be registered for the meeting and invited to present. If you cannot attend, you must forfeit your presentation.

What are my other expenses?
You are responsible for arranging your own travel and hotel accommodations. If you need a hotel room, visit: http://im2016.acponline.org/travel-housing/. Please note that hotel reservations must be made by April 15 in order to receive special discounted room rates.

Will my abstract be published?
Your abstract will be included on a PDF that will be available on our website. The PDF file will include all winning and finalist abstracts in both the Research and Clinical Vignette categories.

Am I eligible for a prize?
Yes! You are eligible to compete for one of ten $1000 prizes in the poster division. Poster winners will be announced at the Young Achievers Recognition Reception on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 6:30 pm–7:30 pm.

What if I have questions?
Please contact ACP Abstracts Program at 800-523-1546, ext. 2666, or direct at 215-351-2666, or via e-mail at abstracts@acponline.org.

Chapter Winners: Please contact your local ACP Chapter for information about reimbursement of your expenses, including the meeting registration fee. The National office does not register chapter winners for the meeting.

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.

National Winners & Finalists 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.

When is the deadline for submission?
The deadline to submit an abstract for both the 2016 Resident/Fellow Member and Medical Students Abstracts Competitions has been extended until Monday, December 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM ET.

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 3, 2016.

When and where will the meeting take place?
The ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2016 will be held from May 5-7, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Do I need to register to attend the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2016?
No, if you are selected on the National level for an oral or a poster presentation, ACP staff will register you for the meeting.

If I cannot attend the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2106, can a co-author present in my place?
No, only first authors (those who submit the abstract) will be registered for the meeting and invited to present. If you cannot attend, you must forfeit your presentation.

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 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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