Abstract Submission

The online abstract submission form will open at 9:00am EST on Wednesday, January, 4, 2023; the form will close at 5:00pm EST on Friday, January, 27, 2023. No paper abstracts will be accepted. Upon submitting your form, a confirmation email will be generated. If a confirmation email is not received, please let us know by emailing domresearchday@upmc.edu.

Abstracts will be limited to 400 words and will need to include the following information: background, methods, results, and conclusions. Tables, charts, graphs, etc. will not be accepted. Only one abstract may be submitted per person and late submissions will not be accepted. Case studies and literature reviews cannot be submitted.

New This Year: Due to all presentations being back in-person, and limited space at the UClub, the number of abstracts that are assigned a poster presentation will be limited. As in the past, abstracts will be assigned as a plenary presentation, or poster presentation, based on a judge scoring process. Depending on the number of submissions, and final judging scores, everyone who submits an abstract may not receive a presentation assignment for Research Day.

Abstract Submission is now closed.

Research Categories

  • Bench or Basic Science Research
    This type of research is conducted in the laboratory with solutions, test tubes, cell cultures, pipettes, etc. Traditionally, basic science research focuses on the acquisition of knowledge regarding fundamental questions about the structure and function of the basic structures of human life (DNA, proteins, etc.). While basic science research often has clinical significance, the research has not yet been directly applied to patient care.
  • Clinical Research
    Clinical research aims to advance medical knowledge by studying people, either through direct interaction or through the collection and analysis of blood, tissues, or other samples. Clinical research is typically conducted with humans or on material of human origin, such as tissues and specimens and can include mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, and clinical trials.

*Note: Other forms of research, including HSR Epidemiology and QI are often considered clinical research, so if your research fits into one of those categories, select one of those rather than this broader category.

  • Health Services Research (HSR)
    The field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to and use of health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately health outcomes. (Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy)
  • Medical Education Research
    Medical education research aims to advance the knowledge, skills, and professionalism of health professional learners by understanding and evaluating educational ecosystems. Research in medical education often seeks to design and evaluate curricular innovations and/or assess and transform the culture underlying medical education (AAMC).
  • Quality Improvement (QI)
    Involves systematic, data-guided activities designed to bring about immediate and improvements in health delivery in particular settings. The QI process involves evaluating and learning from experience and is thus usually an iterative process. (Hastings Center workgroup)
  • Translational Research
    Describes a continuum of research from the laboratory into real-world practice. T1 research typically tests findings from basic research for clinical applicability or effect. T2 research tests new interventions in controlled environments (efficacy studies, phase II and phase III clinical trials). T3 tests how interventions work in real-world settings (effectiveness trials, phase IV clinical trials, implementation studies). T4 studies factors and interventions that influence population health. (University of Minnesota CTSI website).

Note: Since T2-T4 research describes studies that might also fit other categories of research listed in this document, this category should be primarily for early (T1) research. T1 research has commonly been referred to as “bench-to-bedside” and harnesses knowledge from basic science to produce drugs, devices, treatments, etc. for patients.


Faculty with rank at or below the assistant professor level, medical residents, and graduate and medical student researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts. We also encourage post-doctoral fellows who are research associates or assistants, working in Department of Medicine laboratories with the following degrees: MD, PhD, DDS, DO, MBBS or ScD, to submit. Multiple abstracts from one laboratory are allowed. However, investigators and fellows from a single laboratory cannot submit identical abstracts.