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Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society Congress and
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Alumni Symposium
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We are excited to announce that the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Alumni Symposium, and the 23rd Congress of the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society (MEDISS) will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, 2020, in the Cullen Auditorium at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
The joint symposia will begin at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 1, with sessions highlighting the clinical, educational, and research accomplishments of the department. The day will conclude with an informal poster reception and dinner in the Michael E. DeBakey Library and Museum and adjacent foyer. At 7:00 am on Saturday, May 2, the session will begin with the 8th Annual Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Research Symposium, during which our residents, fellows, students, and non-faculty research staff will present their scientific achievements from the current academic year. Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Craig Miller, a vascular surgeon and author of the recently released biography of Dr. DeBakey, “A Time for All Things: The Life of Michael E. DeBakey.” Following the Research Symposium and lunch, Dr. Matthew Wall, Jr., will deliver the MEDISS Presidential Address. This will be followed by a series of abstract presentations given by MEDISS members and then the presentation of the DeBakey Surgical Award. The event will conclude with a banquet at 7:30 pm.
All abstracts must be submitted by 6:00 PM on March 2, 2020.
Full details about abstract submission, program plans, and the award competition are provided in the Abstract Submission Instructions section of this website. Please contact Dr. Scott LeMaire (slemaire@bcm.edu) if you have any questions.

Eligibility

All MEDISS members, alumni of the Department of Surgery, and faculty members in the Department of Surgery are eligible to participate. Non-BCM residents, fellows, and students are also eligible to submit provided that the senior author/mentor is an MEDISS member, alumni of the Department of Surgery, or faculty member in the Department of Surgery. Abstracts should describe completed work and can describe work that has been previously presented at scientific meetings or published in the literature.

Review process

The top scoring abstracts will be selected for presentation. Acceptances will be sent during the week of March 30, 2020 via email. The acceptance email will provide instructions for preparing the presentation.

Evaluation criteria

Abstracts will be scored based on the following five criteria:
  • Significance and innovation – Does the abstract address an important problem or question? Is the study objective or hypothesis clearly stated?
  • Study design and methods – Are the methods appropriate and clearly described?
  • Results and analysis – Do the results address the scientific question or hypothesis? Do the results reflect an appropriate analysis? Are quantitative data reported whenever possible?
  • Conclusions – Are the conclusions justified by the data? Do the conclusions relate specifically to the stated objective or hypothesis?
  • Clarity – Is the overall abstract clearly written and easy to understand? If used, is the table or figure clear and informative?

Abstract submission instructions

All abstracts must be submitted via the online submission system by 6:00 pm on Monday, March 2. Abstracts will be submitted using the following format.

  • Title
  • Authors – List all authors contributing to the work. The presenting author must be listed first, followed by co-authors and senior author (usually the faculty mentor).
  • Background – Describe why the study was conducted and state the objective and/or hypothesis. In abstracts describing planned projects, this section should convey the rationale behind the project.
  • Methods – Describe how the study was conducted, focusing on study design, experimental techniques, and analytic approach. In abstracts describing planned projects, this section should describe the plans for conducting the study.
  • Results – Describe the most important findings of the study. Quantitative results should be reported whenever possible. Abstracts can include one figure or one table. In abstracts describing planned projects, this section should describe the anticipated results.
  • Conclusions – Describe the conclusions reached based specifically on the study results and comment on the relevance of the study. In abstracts describing planned projects, this section should describe the potential impact of the study in the care of patients with surgical disease.
  • Figures: Upload figures, photos and tables as separate pdf documents.
  • Tip: Avoid symbol fonts such as α, β, γ in your abstract; instead spell them out as in: alpha, beta, gamma.

    Download PDF Abstract Submission Instructions



Abstract Submission

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