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AABB Abstract Submission: Everything You Wanted to Know but Didn't Ask

The AABB Annual Meeting and TXPO, slated for October 24 - 27 in New Orleans, hosts many educational activities. Among these is the Abstract Poster session, an opportunity to share your research with others and possibly obtain preliminary publication for grant and funding purposes.

AABB's annual meeting will highlight accepted abstracts from the open submission process.

The deadline for submitting an abstract is Wednesday, May 6---less than a month away. For those of you who are procrastinating completing your abstract---and for those of you new to this activity---AABB's Director of Education Sharon Moffett shares some insight into the purpose of an abstract and the importance of participating in this event.

Q. What is an abstract?
A. An abstract is a brief summary of a research article, thesis, review, conference proceeding or any in-depth analysis of a particular subject or discipline.

AABB's annual meeting will highlight accepted abstracts from the open submission process. The abstracts will be showcased in oral presentation, physical poster, and online poster format.

Q. Why has AABB included abstract as part of its annual meeting?
A. Abstracts allow AABB attendees to review the latest research and information in disciplines related to hospitals, donor centers, cellular therapy, tissue therapy, or testing laboratories.

Q. Why would a member submit an abstract poster? A. Submitting an abstract allows individuals to share important new knowledge with colleagues, further high-quality patient care and increase their visibility as a participating member of the transfusion medicine and cellular therapies community.

Q. How do attendees benefit from the abstract program?
A. Attendees at the annual meeting will review and see the latest research in the transfusion medicine and cellular therapies community. AABB is offering attendees exciting opportunities to review abstracts and discuss findings with the authors. Be sure to take advantage of the following:

  • Review abstracts online through the ePosters/Online Abstract System.
  • Set up a time via the ePosters/Online Abstract System to meet onsite with an abstract author and up to nine of your colleagues in one of the two Abstract Theaters.
  • Attend the abstract poster reception held Saturday, October 25 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
  • New! Abstract posters will be available online for viewing by annual meeting attendees until November 30, 2009.

Q. How did you arrive at the idea of online forums for poster feedback?
A. In our efforts to make our meeting more interactive, AABB developed online author-attendee forums for all accepted abstract posters. The posters will be online and may be viewed by 2009 annual meeting attendees during and after the meeting until November 30th. There will be kiosks at the meeting for viewing posters, which can also be accessed through the Internet.

Q. Will posters be available for viewing on the AABB website after the conference ends? Will the forums continue?
A. Yes to both

Q. What will happen at the Oral Abstract Plenary Presentations?
A. The best of the new research in the field will be showcased at the Plenary session. Attendees will get the latest, up-to-the-minute newsworthy findings from the investigators themselves.

Q. What should a presenter expect to do at this presentation?
A. Make a 10-minute oral presentation on their abstract and be ready to answer questions regarding their abstract from the plenary session attendees.

Q. What will an attendee see and hear?
A. The best of the new research in the field will be showcased at the Plenary session. Attendees will get the latest, up-to-the-minute newsworthy findings from the investigators themselves.

Q. The AABB website says accepted abstracts can earn CME credits. Can you describe the CME credits that can be earned and their significance?
A. AABB is an approved, accredited provider (Provider number 0000381) by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians. For attendance at Oral Abstract Presentations, physicians may earn AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

AABB is an approved, accredited provider (Provider number 0011) by the California Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel as a provider of continuing education programs for California-licensed clinical laboratory personnel. California clinical laboratory personnel must provide a personal signature and other required information on the attendance log.

AABB is an approved, accredited provider (Provider number 4341) by the California Board of Registered Nursing as a provider of continuing nursing education programs. California nurses must provide a personal signature and other required information on the attendance log.

AABB is an approved, accredited provider (Provider number 50-4261) by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel as a provider of continuing education programs for Florida-licensed clinical laboratory personnel.

Physicians who present oral abstracts and prepare posters may earn AMA PRA Category 1 credit by applying directly to the AMA Physician's Recognition Award department.

US licensed physicians may earn AMA PRA category 1 credit for certain activities that providers cannot so designate. To obtain credit for presentations at conferences, physicians must apply to the AMA Physician's Recognition Award department. Category 1 credit may be reported to the AMA on a PRA application for presenting an education session, oral abstract, or poster session. To obtain credit for presenting a poster, attach to the PRA application a page from the program with the presentation abstract and identification of the presenter. To earn credit for presenting at an education session or oral abstract session, include with the PRA application a program or announcement of the activity showing the identification of the presenter and the category 1 designation.

Category 1 credits awarded: 5 credits per poster, 1 poster per year; 2 credits for each hour of teaching, with a maximum of 10 credits per year.

For additional information, go to http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/education-careers/continuing-medical-education/physicians-recognition-award-credit-system.shtml

To access the PRA application and instructions, go to http://www.ama-assn.org/ama1/pub/upload/mm/455/direct_credit_app.pdf

Q. Overall, what can AABB members expect from this year's annual meeting that will be different from the Montreal meeting?
A. ABSTRACT POSTER RECEPTION
Saturday, October 24, 5:30pm-6:30pm
A one-hour reception will feature abstract posters from scientific and administrative categories. Be sure to make time in your schedule to attend so you can meet the poster presenters and network in an educational environment.

Abstract Theaters

Two abstract theaters will be available for attendees to meet with the abstract authors. Before arriving at the Annual Meeting, attendees can contact the author to set up a time to meet onsite in one of the two Abstract Theaters.

Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of a 42" plasma screen in a theater-like setting to view posters online and meet with abstract poster authors and a group of colleagues to discuss poster content. Each of the two theaters will accommodate up to 10 individuals at a time. The zoom feature in the online system will enhance and enlarge the abstract image making it easier to view the detail. To participate in this great opportunity, select one or more abstracts of interest, e-mail the abstract author(s) to set up a day and time to meet and ask nine of your closest friends and colleagues to join you for a discussion! Attendees are free to access ePosters in the abstract theaters at any time as long as they are not in use. Groups using the theaters can schedule a time to meet using the sign-up board that will be located at the entrance to each of the theaters.

Abstract Presentations

Last year, more than 1000 abstracts summarized current research and science in transfusion medicine and cellular and related biological therapies. The abstracts showcased new studies and information in the form of oral, poster and online presentations.

ePosters/Online Abstract System

This year, all accepted abstract posters can be viewed online through the ePosters/Online Abstract System. The system is accessible through the Internet by annual meeting attendees only and can be viewed from your home, office, hotel room or at the meeting. Attendees may view posters and hold online forums by submitting feedback on the author's poster blog.

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