We welcome abstracts for oral or poster presentations that reflect good science and align broadly with the interests and values of the Section. After reviewers score abstracts, the program committee arranges the highest-ranking submissions into oral and poster sessions organized by topic. Interested students may choose to submit abstracts for the Student Paper Award Competition (as described below). While we try to honor preferences for oral, poster, or roundtable presentations, this is not always possible.
Although it is not current Section practice, we reserve the right to give preference to abstracts submitted by Medical Care Section members.
IMPORTANT NOTE: APHA allows all members to designate two sections as their APHA homes for free. If you are not yet a Medical Care Section member, please consider identifying Medical Care as one of your two APHA sections. As an added benefit, members receive free on-line access to the Medical Care Journal and to the Medical Care Blog (http://www.themedicalcareblog.com/).
The following topics reflect both historical concerns and current focus areas of various committees within the Medical Care Section. They are neither prescriptive nor exclusive. The Section's program planners may fashion new topics and combine or eliminate others according to the distribution and number of highly rated submissions. Please, take a minute to review Medical Care Section Committees and use key words to identify in your abstract a Committee of your preference.
Contact: Danya Qato: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Jessica Williams: email@example.com
Contact: Lisa Lines: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Katherine S. Virgo: email@example.com
Contact: Kavita Sivaramakrishnan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Alison Jordan: email@example.com; or AliOJ.firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Cody Mullen: email@example.com
Contact: Cheryl Conner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all Students! Are You Conducting research related to Health Services, Health Economics, Health Equity, Rural Health, or other Research pertinent to Medical Care on a Hot Topic? Submit Your Paper to the Medical Care Section Student Paper Competition!
Typically, the Medical Care Section’s awards committee selects four or five of the most highly rated student papers for presentation in an oral student session at the Annual Meeting. To be competitive, abstracts should address original research conducted by the student on timely topics that fall within areas of interest to the Medical Care section as listed above. Crucial elements include short background indicating the niche in the literature filled by the research, data source, methods (analytical plan and statistical analysis), results and implications for clinical or policy audiences. When submitted, the abstract should indicate in the comments field that it has been submitted for the “Student Paper Competition”. A letter from the student’s advisor is required verifying that the paper was primarily written while the individual was a student and also confirming that funding is available for the student to attend the conference if his/her paper is selected for presentation. Abstracts submitted for the Student Paper Competition (and the accompanying letter from the student’s advisor) are due on the same date as all other abstracts submitted to the Medical Care Section, in February 2018 (see: https://apha.confex.com/apha/2018/oasys.epl).
INVITED SESSIONS (Opens: April 9th, 2018 – Closes: April 30th, 2018)
Individuals can also propose and organize entire sessions with four to five presenters. These invited (solicited) sessions are proposed and arranged at the initiative of individual organizers. It is the responsibility of the organizer to plan and develop the session, secure the presenters, and upload session details. The invited session process is competitive and slots are limited. Interested individuals are urged to seek a consultation with Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio, PhD, MA (email@example.com), Wassim Tarraf, MBA, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org) Program Co-Chairs prior to submission to increase their chances of earning a session slot.
The official start of invited session submissions is April 9th, when APHA accepts solicited abstracts. However, you are strongly encouraged to communicate to the Medical Care Program Chair your interest in organizing an invited session ahead of time. You should also inform individuals on your proposed panel to indicate on their abstracts your name as the organizer and that the submission is intended for an invited session. This information helps the Program Chair keep track of multiple abstracts that are ultimately meant for a single session.
Individuals submitting abstracts to the Medical Care Section for consideration are advised of the following criteria:
Medical Care and other sections, Special Primary Interest Groups (SPIGs), Forums, and Caucuses are planning some sessions jointly. Please share your ideas for cross- or multiple-group sessions and, if inclined, help plan them. Our proactive collaboration should result in broad appeal across APHA groups.
CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) CREDIT
APHA values the ability to award continuing education credit to health professionals at its annual meetings. To do so, APHA needs the following information, requested when submitting abstracts, with every abstract. APHA awards credit for entire sessions rather than for individual presentations. For sessions to be eligible for CE credit, presenters must submit:
1) Abstracts free of trade and commercial product names;
2) At least one MEASURABLE objective per abstract using action words such as Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define, or List (please DO NOT USE “to understand” or “to learn” as they are unmeasurable); and
3) Signed Conflict of Interest (Financial Disclosure) forms with relevant Qualification Statements. (Please see an example of an acceptable Qualification Statement in a Disclosure form on the APHA web site.)
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University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
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