2018 Conference - Call for Abstracts

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We are pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts and Guidelines & Protocols to Share to be presented during the

42nd Annual Conference of the AAP District VIII Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine 

from June 21 to 24, 2018 in beautiful Midway, Utah.  

The conference will feature original research (basic science and clinical), quality improvement (QI) projects and protocols relevant to neonatal and perinatal medicine. Submissions by fellows, junior faculty, APRN/PA students and nurse practitioners/physician assistants, nurses and respiratory therapists are particularly encouraged.  

Research and QI abstracts will be accepted either as a poster or platform presentation.  We are seeking submissions on the following topics which will be featured as both platform and poster presentations:

·       June 21 and 22 – General neonatal/perinatal research and QI projects

·       June 23 – Opioid dependence and neonatal abstinence syndrome

·       June 24 – QI Projects that demonstrate a decrease in cost or added value (such as reduced length of stay) 

For the first time, this year’s conference will also be featuring a new “Guidelines/Protocols to Share” poster session (separate from traditional QI projects).  We encourage authors to submit clinical care guidelines or protocols in use in their NICUs and if possible, the outcomes that have resulted (such as, but not limited to, shortened length of stay).

Research abstract, QI abstract, and Guidelines/Protocols to Share submission forms are available (see below); the submission deadline is February 28th, 2018. Details of the conference can be found at www.district8perinatal.org.  Authors will be notified of abstract acceptance via email by March 31st, 2018.  Accepted abstracts will be published on the conference website.

Travel Awards for Trainees

Annually the AAP District VIII SONPM council evaluates the availability of organizational funds to be allocated for travel awards for trainees to attend and participate in our annual meeting.  Support for trainees is designated for those students and professionals who are training for a career in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine or Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  The Scientific Committee and Quality Improvement and Outcomes Committee and their chairs are responsible for selection and notification of the awardees and their level of travel support.   The chairs of both committees will confer with the upcoming annual conference chair to ensure fiscally reasonable and responsible use of funds. 

Individuals with the following qualifications may be considered for travel award:

·       Fellows in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine or Maternal-Fetal Medicine

·       Neonatal Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice students

·       Nursing students

·       Respiratory Therapist students

Travel awardees must:

·       Submit and be selected to present their original scientific or quality improvement work at the AAP District VIII SONPM annual conference, either as a poster or platform presentation

·       Attest to their status as a trainee (page 1 of abstract submission form)

·       If a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellow, attend the Fellows’ Workshop portion of the annual conference

·       If a neonatal nurse practitioner/Advanced Practice student, must attend the APRN workshop portion of the annual conference

·       To their best ability, attend and participate in the entire annual conference.

Inability to meet the above criteria may result in forfeiture of the travel award.

Two levels of travel awards can be granted:

1.       Full travel award – consisting of funds to cover meeting registration and shared lodging (with another full travel awardee) for the duration of the conference (3-4 nights’ accommodations) and 1 year membership to the AAP District VIII SONPM organization.  Estimated value: $1050 per award.


2.       Partial travel award – consisting of funds to cover meeting registration and 1 year membership to the AAP District VIII SONPM organization.  Estimated value: $550.

NOTE: All qualified trainees who submit an abstract that is accepted for presentation will be awarded 1 year membership to the AAP District VIII SONPM Organization. Estimated value: $50.

The exact number of full and partial travel awards will be decided by the Scientific and Quality Improvement and Outcomes Committees (with the approval of that year’s upcoming conference chair) each year taking into account total funds available for awards and total number of trainees who meet the above criteria. 

Previous full travel award winners will be considered only for partial travel awards for future conferences.

If selected for a travel award, fellows who do not require lodging for the annual conference (eg. They reside in the same city as the annual conference) may be awarded partial travel awards at the discretion of the chairs of the Scientific Committee, Quality Improvement and Outcomes Committee and annual conference.

Travel awards have no cash value. 

Questions?  Please contact Sheree Kuo, MD at shereek@kapiolani.org