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If you are a BCM resident, fellow, student, NP, PA, or non-faculty staff member, please select the Research Day submission site.
 
If you are an MEDSS member, an alumnus of a Department of Surgery training program, a current BCM faculty member, or a past BCM faculty member, please select the Alumni Symposium submission site.
 
Welcome!
 
We are excited to announce the 11th Annual Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Research Day Event, which will be held on Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, 2023. Details about the format and venue will provided by direct communication.
All residents and fellows in the department are asked to submit a completed project, work in progress, or project plan for the symposium. Medical students, graduate students, and undergraduate students who have been working on surgical research projects at Baylor College of Medicine are also encouraged to submit their work. We also welcome submissions from postdoctoral research fellows and non-faculty staff in the Department of Surgery.
All abstracts must be submitted by 6:00 pm on Monday, December 12, 2022.
Award for Best Presentations
Alumni judges will score the presentations during the symposium. Educational awards will be given for the best presentations.
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 residents and fellows in the department are asked to submit a completed project, work in progress, or project plan for the symposium. Medical students, graduate students, and undergraduate students who have been working on surgical research projects at Baylor College of Medicine are also encouraged to submit their work. We also welcome submissions from postdoctoral research fellows and non-faculty staff in the Department of Surgery.

Review process

The top scoring abstracts will be selected for oral presentation. Most other abstracts will be eligible for poster presentation. You may submit more than one abstract as first author, but only one abstract per first author will be selected for presentation. Acceptances will be sent the week of January 16, 2023 via email. The acceptance email will describe the type of presentation and provide additional 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

Abstracts can feature a completed project, work in progress, or project plan. Case reports will not be accepted. On the abstract submission form, you will be asked to classify your abstract as a Scientific Abstract (for completed projects or work in progress) or as a Project Plan Abstract. You will also be asked to categorize the type of research.

Scientific Abstracts: Scientific abstracts should describe either completed work or work that is currently in progress. Case reports will not be accepted. The goal of the symposium is to enable trainees to present their best work; therefore, abstracts can describe work that has been previously presented at scientific meetings or published in the literature. Although abstracts presented at previous years’ Research Symposium events cannot be resubmitted, new abstracts reflecting substantive progress in the same project are acceptable. The presenter must be the first author on the abstract, and the abstract must reflect work done by the presenter. It is acceptable to submit more than one abstract as first author, but only one abstract per presenter will be selected for the program. The program will feature oral scientific presentations, quick shot presentations, and poster sessions. The top scoring abstracts will be selected for the oral presentation competition, the quick shot presentation competition, and the poster competition.

Project Plan Abstracts: These abstracts should describe the plans for a project in clinical, health services, educational, or basic science research. Trainees should work with a faculty member to select and plan a project. Although abstracts presented at previous years’ Research Symposium events cannot be resubmitted, new abstracts reflecting substantive progress in the same project are acceptable. The abstract must reflect work that will be done by the first author. It is acceptable to submit more than one abstract as first author, but only one abstract per first author will be selected. Project plan abstracts will be included in the printed program.

Abstract Submission Instructions
All abstracts must be submitted via the online submission system by 6:00 pm on Monday, December 12, 2022. 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.

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Abstract Submission

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