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Research Day FAQ

Where do I submit my abstract?

All abstracts should be submitted in MS Word format online at one of the following links:

What’s the submission deadline? DEADLINE EXTENDED

11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019

How will I know that my abstract was successfully submitted?

Abstract presenters will receive an automated email notification that the abstract has been submitted successfully.

What format should my abstract follow?

The format of Basic, Translational, Clinical and Population research abstracts should include the following headings:

  • Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Tables and figures may be included in the body of the abstract.

Vignette/Case Report headings should include:

  • Introduction, Case Description, and Discussion. Tables and figures may be included in the body of the abstract.

How long can the abstract be?

Submitted abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. This does not include title, authors, or references.

What Research Categories will be included this year?

Basic, Translational, Clinical, Population, and Vignette/Case Report are all acceptable forms of research. Use the definitions below to determine the research area of your abstract:

  • Basic Science Research is scientific inquiry that seeks to discover how systems function (in both healthy and diseased models) and develop a base of knowledge that other scientists can use in order to achieve more applied investigational goals, such as treatments or cures for diseases.
  • Translational Research is defined as discovery that uses research principles or materials derived or produced from laboratory or clinical study which ultimately identifies, develops and tests potential diagnostic, therapeutic and/or prophylactic strategies in humans.
  • Clinical Research can be divided into clinical studies and clinical trials. A clinical study is any type of clinical research involving patients that involves non-interventional research, such as observational or mechanism-based studies. A clinical trial is a research study designed to test the safety and/or effectiveness of drugs, devices, and other medical interventions.
  • Population Research is medical research that focuses on a defined geographic community, such as a county, region or country, or a subgroup within such a region, in which the characteristics of the entire population can be defined. Studies may be cross-sectional, retrospective or longitudinal in design, and gather information about incidence of diseases, behaviors or types of injury within the subject population from a variety of sources. The data may be used to establish incidence rates within a population or subpopulation, to elucidate potential cause and effect relationships leading to illness, to discover useful biomarkers associated with the development or progression of specific conditions or to test the effectiveness of specific community-based interventions for the prevention of disease.
  • Vignette/Case Report is a report of a single case of a disease, usually with an unexpected presentation or complication, which typically describes the findings, clinical course, and prognosis of the case, often accompanied by a review of other cases previously reported in the biomedical literature to put the reported case in context.

Will I get a notice that my abstract has been accepted for the poster session?

Yes, applicants will be notified by email no later than March 20, 2019, regarding the acceptance of their abstract. Upon an abstract’s acceptance, the abstract presenter will receive an email with additional information and details.

Where can I get my poster printed, and what size should it be?

Please contact the UMMC Department of Printing. The Printing Department can help you with all of your design and printing needs. Poster presentation boards will be provided on Research Day, along with everything necessary to display your poster. Poster dimensions should be no more than 70 inches in width by 46 inches in height. The Department of Medicine is not responsible for any costs incurred to create or print your poster.

What time will judging occur for the poster competition, and where will it be?

Judging will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. April 16, 2019, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union Gymnasium. Presenters should plan to be available to discuss their poster with the judges during this time period, no exceptions (please make arrangements for this in advance).

*MSRP participants may follow a different schedule. Please refer to your MSRP organizers for this information.

Will my poster be eligible for competition and awards?

Only Department of Medicine trainees (fellows, residents, medical students, and other trainees) who are both first author and presenter are eligible to compete for awards.

Whom should I contact for more information?

Questions should be directed to Kim McGuire.