2018 Annual Meeting - Call for Abstracts

PCSA's 2018 abstract submission site closed on Thursday, September 7, 2017 

PCSA's Program Committee is now reviewing abstract submissions in preparation for their Program Planning Meeting on September 30th.

PCSA's Call for Abstracts opened June 1st and closed September 7th.

This is the Call for Abstracts for the 89th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, which will be held February 16-19, 2018 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California. The Program Committee encourages submission of your scientific contributions for presentation at the meeting and publication in JAMA Surgery. JAMA Surgery reaches nearly 40,000 readers in over 70 countries each month, and our papers enjoy the shortest time from presentation to publication of any major meeting.

All presenters of papers and mini-podium presentations are required to register for the PCSA Annual Meeting prior to arrival and are responsible for their own travel expenses.

New this year: 

The Program Committee has the responsibility to review and rank all abstracts that are submitted. Abstracts will be considered for both Podium Presentation and Mini-Podium Presentation.

Mini-Podium Presentations should be prepared in PowerPoint format for three-minute presentations, followed by Q&A. Research Letter submission to JAMA Surgery is welcomed for Mini-Podium Presentations, but is not required.

An email will be sent to the PCSA Member author/sponsor with a copy to the submitting author notifying you of the status of your material for presentation as either a Podium or a Mini-Podium.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

  • Abstracts must conform to the exact size and format specifications noted on the Abstract Submission Form.
  • Abstracts should be kept to 250 words. Abstracts that are too brief or contain insufficient data will not be considered favorably by the Program Committee.
  • Photos, charts and graphs may be submitted with the abstract for review purposes only. Abstract text will only be printed in the final program book.
  • Do not reference any hospital or institution in the body of the abstract, or reference any other identifiers as abstracts are blinded to the reviewers.
  • Abstracts should not contain data submitted elsewhere concurrently or published previously, with the exception of the ACS Surgical Forum.
  • Authors with accepted Podium abstracts must submit a draft of their manuscript to the discussant two weeks prior to the PCSA Annual Meeting. 
  • Accepted Podium abstracts must submit an Original Investigation in the structured format of JAMA Surgery within ten days of the close of the Annual Meeting. Please access the JAMA Surgery website for the most recent version of Instructions for Authors.
  • Authors are required to submit two multiple choice questions with their abstract submission for Self-Assessment Quiz and MOC Credit planning for the 2018 Annual Meeting. For details on how to write effective multiple choice questions, click here now.

Authors and Presenters:  Each paper presented at the annual meeting is required to have at least one PCSA Member as an author, co-author, or sponsor. Submissions without a PCSA Member will not be accepted. The PCSA member author/sponsor must be registered for the meeting and close the discussion.

All draft manuscripts must be sent electronically to discussants and PCSA two weeks prior to your presentation at the meeting. It is also expected that the Original Investigation will be submitted within 10 days of the conclusion of PCSA’s Annual Meeting.

Authors of accepted mini-podiums are not required, but are encouraged to submit their manuscript as Research Letters (not Original Investigations) to JAMA Surgery.

Notification of the status of submission and all other correspondence related to the meeting will be sent to the PCSA Member author/sponsor with a copy to the presenter/author by the end of November.

Residents' Forum Competition:
The PCSA is continuing the Residents' Forum competition and encourages residents and their families to participate in the 2018 meeting.  A resident is defined as a surgical trainee enrolled in an ACGME-approved residency program.  The top-scoring resident paper from each of the 4 Caucus Regions will be presented during the scientific session. The presentations are judged on clarity, focus, and relevance to surgical practice. Please indicate during your submission process if your paper is to be considered for the Resident's' Forum Competition, and please submit a letter to pcsa@facs.org from the Program Director stating that the paper will be presented by the resident, is predominantly the resident’s work, and that the resident is enrolled in a ACGME program.

New Member Award:
If you have been inducted as a New Member of the Association during the past three years, you qualify to compete for the New Member's Prize. Please indicate during your submission process if you wish to be considered for this Prize. The award is complimentary registration to the 2018 Annual Meeting in Napa, California.

Your PCSA Program Committee can organize the best program if there are a large number of abstracts to be considered. Please be generous in submitting your best work. We look forward to seeing you in 2018 for another outstanding scientific and social meeting.

Christian de Virgilio, MD
Recorder and Program Committee Chair

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