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Call for Abstracts

2017 Call for Abstracts Now Closed

All health care professionals, including surgeons, nurses, residents, and medical students, affiliated with ACS NSQIP (Adult and Pediatric) and MBSAQIP facilities were invited to submit a 250-word abstract to be considered for presentation at the 2017 Quality and Safety Conference. Authors whose abstracts are selected for podium presentation are also required to present a poster. Exceptions will not be made. There is an option to request a poster presentation only. Mandatory poster templates and guidelines will be sent shortly after acceptance. There is a limit of three abstract submissions per primary author/presenter.

Abstracts should focus on quality improvement initiatives and the development, implementation, or validation of best practices. Research should utilize programmatic data, however, we are also interested in operational best practices relating to utilization of the programs, workflows, data and reporting, etc. 

The primary author is expected to present his or her poster and/or oral presentation at the conference if the abstract is accepted. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate copresenters. 

Abstracts will undergo a peer-review process that will focus on the following criteria:

  • Quality and originality of the work
  • Significance and applicability to improving surgical care
  • Relevance to quality improvement, best practices, workflows, and data utilization
  • Completed research
  • Clarity of writing
  • Primary author's availability to attend the conference

Abstract Competitions

Medical Student and Surgical Resident Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all medical students and surgical residents. For consideration, please select either the Medical Student or Resident option prior to submitting.

Please note: Presenting an abstract at the 2017 Quality and Safety Conference is one way to demonstrate the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME's) Scholarly Activity program requirement. In order to fulfill this requirement, you do not have to be the primary author; however, the abstract you are working on must be selected for presentation. 

SCR Abstract Competition

This competition is open to all ACS NSQIP (Adult and Pediatric) Surgical Clinical Reviewers (SCRs) and MBSAQIP Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Clinical Reviewer (MBSCRs), also known as the data abstractors for the program. For consideration, please select the SCR option prior to submitting. These submissions can include quality improvement efforts that were initiated based on programmatic data or those implemented to improve the efficiency of how you use the program at your facility. Highlight your best practices so others may learn from your experience.

Clinical Abstract Competition

This is an open competition.

Winners of the above mentioned competitions will be notified prior to the conference. Only primary authors will be considered.

Abstract Poster Competition

All posters will automatically be entered into this competition. The winning poster will be voted by conference attendees and announced onsite. 

Please note: The primary authors of the top abstract(s) will be invited to submit full manuscripts to undergo preliminary peer review and possible featured publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS).