2019 Call for Abstracts - Electronic Posters

The AOA invites you to participate in our state-of-the-art ePoster (Electronic Poster) Session at Optometry's Meeting® 2019! See the schedule below for sessions.

The ePoster Sessions create a national forum for clinicians, students and faculty to communicate interesting cases and original research to their colleagues. Abstracts based on unique clinical cases and all aspects of optometric research will be reviewed, and submissions meeting required criteria will be accepted for ePoster presentation. All case reports and research must be complete and unpublished at the time of submission. Poster abstracts must be submitted electronically and be received by Feb. 6, 2019.

ePoster Format

The ePoster format is an excellent way to present research and clinical data. The AOA will provide flat HD screen TV monitors on stands that are mounted with computers and loaded with software to display the posters.
There are many benefits of the ePoster format:

Top 5 Posters Featured

The top 5 posters will be selected to participate in an interactive education session at Optometry's Meeting on Friday, June 21 from 10am - 12pm. Each presenter will be paid a $350 honorarium to participate in this rapid-fire session featuring 15-20 minutes of presentation per author. The top 5 posters will also be featured in AOA Focus magazine.

Selection Criteria and Requirements

Authors will be notified by mid-March via email if their poster has been accepted. Acceptance will be based on the following criteria:

  1. All abstracts must meet the following requirements:
    1. Primary authors must be members of the AOA in order to be an Optometry’s Meeting Poster Presenter.
    2. The complete abstract must be submitted online by Feb. 6, 2019.
    3. A primary author may only submit 3 posters total; any posters exceeding this amount will not be considered.
    4. The abstract must follow the format example below explicitly, or disqualification will occur.ePoster Abstract
    5. The abstract submission must be complete; otherwise the entry will be disqualified.
    6. The abstract must be no more than 350 words (not including title and authors); all abstracts over this word count will be disqualified.
    7. The information conveyed must be of sufficient general interest to the optometric community.
    8. The abstract must be clear, concise and well-written in anticipation of publication.
    9. The abstract musst congtain sufficient detail for evaluation.
  2. Scientific abstracts must meet the following additional requirements:
    1. The abstract must be based on original and previously unpublished research.
    2. The abstract must describe a scientific investigation of the idea or product being studied.
    3. The abstract must demonstrate a clear and soundly tested hypothesis.
    4. The conclusions in the abstract must appear to be justified by the results presented.
    5. The abstract must contain evidence of a significant, new result and the significance must be clear from the abstract.
    6. The abstract must contain more than just preliminary results.
  3. Case report abstracts must meet the following additional requirements:
    1. The case report must highlight timely or essential information, not just a review of information already in the literature.
    2. The case report must be unique. If two similar case reports are submitted, a choice may be made between the two to maximize diversity in the poster program.
    3. The case report must demonstrate complete follow-through of patient care.
    4. The clinical significance of the case report must be clear from the abstract.
  4. Informational abstracts must meet the following additional requirements:
    1. The topic must be deemed appropriate for presentation at Optometry’s Meeting. Topics appropriate for informational posters include, but are not limited to, information about AOA programs or sections and residency programs.
    2. Informational posters may not contain product or service advertisements.
    3. Informational posters cannot be reviews of the literature.

Please note: Authors of selected posters will receive a complimentary Exhibit Hall Only registration pass to Optometry's Meeting.  If an author wants to participate in events and continuing education, the author will need to register as a professional attendee.  The author is also responsible for hotel and transportation costs.

Publication of Abstracts

Posters are peer-reviewed, and only those that meet the acceptance criteria will be selected for presentation and publication. Accepted posters will be published in an AOA digital supplement that will be promoted to AOA members and the profession. The supplement will be featured on aoa.org, optometrysmeeting.org and in an article in AOA Focus magazine following Optometry's Meeting.

Attending the Poster Session

There will be three ePoster sessions offering one hour of COPE Appproved CE credit. These will be in the Exhibit Hall at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 6-7pm and Friday, June 21, 2019 from 9-10am and 12-1pm. There will also be a preview session of all posters with no CE credit on Thursday, June 20 from 5-6pm. The authors will be notified of their session time upon acceptance. All primaryauthors must be present.

ePoster Specifications

Authors will be given ePoster creation and upload instructions upon acceptance. Examples of ePosters will be provided at that time.

Important Dates

Submission deadline Feb. 6, 2019
Notification of acceptance Mid-March 2019
Optometry's Meeting® June 19 - 23, 2019
ePoster Sessions June 20 and June 21, 2019
Rapid-Fire CE Course Featuring Top 5 Poster Presenters June 21, 2019 from 10am - 12pm


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