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Call for Abstracts

SIDM2021 Call for Abstracts is Now Closed

Join us for the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine's 14th International Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference (SIDM2021). This year's theme is: Reducing Disparities; Improving Diagnosis. In October, we will come together virtually to showcase developments in the field of diagnostic quality and safety while exploring how disparities and inequalities contribute to misdiagnosis and diagnostic delays.

SIDM2021 brings together physicians, patients, nurses, other healthcare professionals, researchers, institutional leaders, policymakers, educators, students, and trainees to highlight and share recent innovations to improve the diagnostic process.

SIDM is currently seeking submissions for scientific, education, clinical vignette, or practice improvement abstract proposals.

In order for your presentation to be considered, abstract guidelines must be followed as closely as possible. Please ensure that the presenting author completes the abstract submission. Abstracts must be submitted by June 10, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST.

All abstracts should report original, previously unpublished work. Although abstracts may reflect work previously presented elsewhere, the work should not be published prior to the conference dates. Work currently under peer review with an anticipated publication date after October 28, 2021 may be submitted. There is no limit on the total number of abstracts submitted by each presenter. However, if one author submits more than one abstract about the same data set, the abstracts should be substantially different. By submitting their work, authors automatically approve publication of their accepted abstracts in the open access journal Diagnosis.

Oral Presentations Oral presentations will consist of 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A. Oral presentations may be scientific, education, or practice improvement (see further explanations below). Where possible, presentations with a similar theme will be grouped together.
Poster Presentations Posters can present scientific, education, or practice improvement work. We also accept clinical vignettes. A poster-viewing session will take place for delegates to discuss the posters with their authors.

In balancing the program, the committee may require authors to present their work in an alternate format (e.g. as a poster rather than oral presentation).

All submitters will be notified of their acceptance status to SIDM2021 in July 2021.

Submission Themes

Review Process and Selection Criteria for SIDM2021

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by experts in diagnostic error; ranked in relation to other submissions within the same category; and rated on the basis of originality, appropriateness of methodology, clarity of presentation, and implications for research, education, or clinical practice. Submissions in all 4 categories are eligible for poster presentation; the top-ranked Scientific, Education, and Practice Improvement abstracts will be selected for oral presentations.

Abstract Preparation Guidelines for all Presentations
  • Specify all abbreviations in full at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, thereafter abbreviation only should be used.
  • Abstract should be written in English.
  • Check abstract thoroughly for spelling and grammar (will not be amended by conference secretariat).
  • Do not include references.
  • Do not include a header or footer.
All Abstract Submissions Must Include:
  • Title:
    • Maximum number of words: 15
  • Authors:
    • Principal author should appear first.
    • Use last name/surname followed by first name.
    • Include affiliation for each author.
  • Body of Abstract:
    • Maximum number of words: Scientific, Education, Practice Improvement 400 words, Clinical Vignettes 300 words with section headings specified above. If optional table or figure is added, the maximum number of words for the abstract must be reduced by 50 words.
Abstract Submission

Abstracts must be submitted electronically by the presenting author through the online submission site. You will be required to enter:

  • Preferred presentation type
  • Authors’ names (presenting author contact details - address, telephone and email)
  • Authors’ affiliations
  • Abstract title

By submitting an abstract all authors agree to release the license to the conference organizers and give permission to publish the abstract in the conference handbook, website, application, etc. and in so doing certify that the abstract is original work.

Note: If your abstract does not conform to the guidelines, including if it is over the word limit, it may be returned to the submitting author to revise or rejected.

Conference Registration

All presenters (including poster presenters) will be required to pay for their own conference registrations. It will be assumed that any presenter not registered has withdrawn from the program and their abstract will be removed from the syllabus and schedule.

Med-IQ is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is jointly provided by Med-IQ and Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the ACCME through the joint providership of Med-IQ and Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.

Med-IQ is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Key Deadlines
  • Call for abstracts opens: April 19, 2021
  • Abstract submission deadline: June 10, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • Notification of selected abstracts: July 2021