AAEM 22nd Annual Scientific Assembly
AAEM 22nd Annual Scientific Assembly

American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)

22nd Annual Scientific Assembly

AAEM/JEM Resident & Student Abstract Competition

Submissions are now closed

This competition is designed to recognize outstanding research achievements by residents and students in emergency medicine.

Previous Resident & Student Abstract Competition Winner


Top Eight Oral Abstract Presentations

Thursday, February 18, 2016
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The AAEM/JEM Resident and Student Research Competition is designed to recognize outstanding research achievements by residents and students in emergency medicine. To apply, you should submit an abstract summarizing the objectives, methods, results, and conclusions of the research performed according to the instructions detailed in this brochure. Submitted abstracts will be judged by the AAEM Abstract Review Committee, who will select eight for oral presentation at the Resident and Student Research Forum during AAEM’s 22nd Annual Scientific Assembly, February 17-21, 2016, in Las Vegas.

Final judging of the eight oral presentations will take place at the Scientific Assembly. Abstracts not selected for oral presentation will be displayed as 4´ x 8´ vertical poster presentations during the Scientific Assembly. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not prepared to travel to the Scientific Assembly in Las Vegas and present it in the session selected by AAEM. The presenter of the oral abstract judged to represent the most outstanding research achievement will receive a $3,000 honorarium. $1,500 and $500 honoraria will go to the presenters of the second and third place oral abstracts, respectively.


Abstract Submission Instructions

Please read the abstract submission instructions carefully. The deadline and space requirements are strictly enforced in order to give all authors an equal opportunity to submit their data in the same amount of space and under the same time constraints.

  1. Resident or Medical Student Status — In order to be eligible for consideration, the first author and principal investigator of each abstract submitted must be either a (1) resident in an ACGME, AOA, or ACGME-I accredited emergency medicine training program or (2) medical student in an LCME/COCA accredited institution with a strong interest in emergency medicine as a future profession, or a medical student with a strong interest in emergency medicine whose country is found within the Directory of Organizations that Recognize/Accredit Medical  chools (DORA). To verify this, you must submit the name of the appropriate designated official (e.g., program director, dean).
  2. Submission Deadline
    - Electronic submissions will be accepted beginning September 11, 2015.
    - Abstract receipt deadline for electronic submission is November 13, 2015.
  3. There is no fee for submitting an abstract. All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English.
  4. You must submit both a blind and formal version of your abstract.
  5. If you have questions regarding the abstract submissions for the 22nd Annual Scientific Assembly, please call AAEM at (800) 884-2236 or email Emily DeVillers at edevillers@aaem.org.


Abstract Submission Guidelines

Electronic Instructions

Abstracts submissions are now closed.

Presenting Author Information

You will need to submit the presenting author’s name, address, telephone, and fax numbers, as well as an email address. Only the presenting author listed on the submission form will be notified of abstract acceptance.


Indicate what monies have funded the research.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

In accordance with the essentials and standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, as well as guidelines proposed by the Food and Drug Administration and endorsed by the American Medical Association, an author with a conflict of interest with the content of their abstract must disclose that conflict prior to presentation. A conflict of interest includes, but is not limited to, any relevant financial relationship in a company, product or procedure mentioned in the abstract or in the presentation to be given at the conference. The authors must complete the disclosure form included in the electronic submission. A conflict in and of itself will not eliminate an abstract from consideration.

Previous Presentations of Abstracts

No abstract published as an article on or before October 1, 2015, may be submitted for this competition. Abstracts that have been presented at the national meetings of other organizations should not be submitted for consideration.

Informed Consent

Any studies involving human subjects must conform to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association (Clinical Research 1966; 14:103) and must meet all the requirements governing informed consent of the country in which the research was performed.

Abstract Publication

All oral abstracts presented at AAEM’s 22nd Annual Scientific Assembly will be published in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of Emergency Medicine. Ownership of abstracts not accepted reverts to the authors.

Notification of Abstract Selection

The presenting author of all abstracts submitted by November 13, 2015, will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by January 13, 2016.

Withdrawals and Revisions

Withdrawals and revisions must be received in writing to Emily DeVillers at edevillers@aaem.org by November 16, 2015. No changes can be submitted after that date.


Abstract Formatting

  1. Use 12-point Times New Roman (or similar) type. If Times New Roman is unavailable, other options include Helvetica or Arial. Limit text to 2,500 characters, including spaces, and single space all text in the body of the abstract.
  2. Do not indent the title. Capitalize only the first letter of each word in the title. List author names using initials only for first and middle names. Underline author names continuously. Include institution, city, and state where research was performed. When submitting the blind copy, omit author names, institution, city, state or any other identifier where research was performed. Omit degrees, titles, institutional appointments, street addresses, and ZIP codes. Single space entire abstract. The left-hand margin of the abstract’s text should be perfectly aligned.
  3. Use of abbreviations — The use of standard abbreviations is desirable. A special or unusual abbreviation should be placed in parentheses after the first appearance of the full word it represents. Numerals rather than words should indicate numbers, except to begin sentences.
  4. Use of drug names — Each time a proprietary drug name is used in the abstract, the first letter is capitalized. Nonproprietary (generic) drug names are preferred and are not capitalized.
  5. Structuring the abstract — Structured abstracts facilitate explicit presentation of critical information and objective assessment of scientific validity. Each abstract should include the following topic headings. It is not necessary to begin a new line or leave extra space between topic headings.

Objectives: A precise statement of the purpose of the study or the pre-study hypothesis. This may be preceded by a brief introduction summarizing past work or relevant controversies that place the study in perspective.

Methods: A brief statement of the methods used, including pertinent information about the study design, setting, participants, subjects, interventions, and observations.

Results: A summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions.

Conclusions: Conclusions should be succinctly stated and firmly supported by the data presented. Note important limitations.


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