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Future Date

April 27-28, 2020

Abstract Submission

The electronic abstract submission system opens on December 7, 2018, and will close on February 1, 2019. Please email for the password-protected submission link. No paper abstracts will be accepted, they must be submitted electronically.

Of note, abstracts will be limited to 400 words, and will need to include the following information: background, methods, results, and conclusions. Upon submission via the web link, a confirmation email will be generated.  If a confirmation email is not received, please let us know by emailing

We will accept abstracts that have been, or will be, submitted to a regional or national meeting. All abstracts are automatically accepted for poster presentations, or an oral presentation. Click here for poster guidelines and printing options.

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 advancing knowledge itself and fundamental questions about the structure and function of the basic structures of human life (DNA, proteins, etc), rather than focusing on immediate clinical significance.
  • 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.


Faculty with the rank at or below the assistant professor level and medical residents are encouraged to apply as well as graduate and medical student researchers, and postdoctoral fellows who are research associates or assistants with the followings degrees: MD, PhD, DDs or MSc and working in Department of Medicine laboratories. Multiple abstracts from one laboratory are allowed. However, investigators and fellows from a single laboratory cannot submit identical abstracts.


A total of eight (8) abstracts will be selected for 15-minute oral presentations: four (4) on April 29, 2019 (residents only) and four (4) on April 30, 2019 (all other levels). Poster awards will be based on research category.