FLAAEM20 Competitions

Abstracts  |  Case Reports  |  PhotosSimWars  |  NEW 20 in 10 Resident Lecture


Authors should 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.


  • 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 Schools (DORA). To verify this, each submission must be signed by the appropriate designated official (e.g., program director, dean).
  • Electronic submission deadline for abstracts/posters is April 8, 2020
  • There is no fee for submitting an abstract/poster. All submissions must be sent in PowerPoint®/PDF electronic format

Abstract Submissions

  • Presenting Author Information
    Include 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.
  • Funding
    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 April 1, 2020, may be submitted for this competition.
  • 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 Formatting

  1. Use 12-point Times New Roman (or similar) type. If Times New Roman is unavailable, other options include Helvetica or Courier. 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. 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. Non-proprietary (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.

Abstract Publication

  • No submission published on or before April 1, 2020 will be accepted
  • Notification of Abstract Selection
    Authors of all abstracts submitted by April 8, 2020, will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by April 29, 2020.
  • Withdrawals and Revisions
    Withdrawals and revisions must be received in writing by May 6, 2020. No changes will be possible after that date.


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Case Reports

Case Report Abstract Format

  • Title – The title is a summary of the abstract itself and should convince the reader that the topic is important, relevant, and innovative.
  • Authors – Include name, degree and institutional affiliation. The authors included should be those who contribute significantly to the intellectual content of the case report.
  • Introduction - Describe the context of the case and explain its relevance and importance. Describe whether the case is unique. If not, does the case have an unusual diagnosis, prognosis, therapy or harm?  Is the case an unusual presentation of a common condition? Or an unusual complication of a disease or management? Describe the instructive or teaching points that add value to this case. Does it demonstrate a cost-effective approach to management or alternative diagnostic/treatment strategy? Does it increase awareness of a rare condition?
  • Case description – Follow the basic rules of medical communication. Report the case in sequence. Describe the history, examination and investigations adequately. Is the cause of the patient's illness clear-cut? What are other plausible explanations? Describe the treatments adequately. Have all available therapeutic options been considered? Are outcomes related to treatments? Include the patient’s progress and outcome.
  • Discussion – Discuss rationale for decisions that were made and the lesson from the case. Report a literature review of other similar cases. Describe how this case is different from those previously reported. Explain the rationale for reporting the case. What is unusual about the case? Does it challenge prevailing wisdom? In the future, could things be done differently in a similar case?


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Photo Competition

Case History

Photo submissions must be accompanied by a brief case history written as an “unknown” in the following format

  1. Chief complaint
  2. History of present illness
  3. Pertinent physical exam (other than what is depicted in the photo)
  4. Pertinent laboratory data
  5. One or two questions asking the viewer to identify the diagnosis or pertinent finding.

Discussion and Pearls

In a separate Word document, please list the following information

  1. Answer(s) and brief discussion of the case, including an explanation of the findings in the photo
  2. One to three bulleted take home points or “pearls.” The answers and learning points must be mounted as a separate display.

All acceptances are expected to bring a 36” x 48” poster to the FLAAEM conference to participate in person for an oral competition.


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Friday, May 22, 2020
3:00pm-3:30pm Student Introductory Session
3:30pm-5:00pm Resident Team Competition

SimWars is a simulation-based competition between teams of EM residents. The exercise involves various aspects of patient scenarios emphasizing team work, as well as individual decision making and assessment.

Please include:

  • Name of Residency Program
  • Names of the 4 Team Members (team captain & 3 team members)
  • Contact Information (email address & phone number for each team member)

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20 in 10 Resident Lecture Competition

Residents are given up to 10 minutes and exactly 20 slides to lecture on any topic relevant to emergency medicine. The lecture series tests the residents ability to condense content, engage an audience and deliver an entertaining and high yield learning experience. After submissions close, 5 resident candidates will be selected to present at FLAAEM20. At the end of the competition, one resident lecture will be selected by the audience as the “best resident lecturer.”

Submission Requirements

  • Provide a written summary of the proposed topic (less than 250 words) and up to three written objectives for the lecture, include an email address and phone # contact with your submissions. Submission deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Letter of support from Program Director stating that the resident is available and able to travel to FLAAEM20 competition if selected
  • You may submit up to 3 lecture topic applications per resident applicant


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