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The UCSF Department of Surgery is accepting abstracts for the 34th annual RESIDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM to be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

This CALL FOR ABSTRACTS invites surgical residents, fellows and medical students to submit abstracts for consideration no later than February 11th, 2022. Unlike recent symposiums that have been held in a virtual format, we are anticipating an in-person event for our 2022 research symposium.

Participation in the symposium is a requirement for all research residents in the Department of Surgery. For those who have just initiated a project or have limited data, a “quick-shot” presentation type is acceptable. For all others, a “full-length” presentation is the standard. Each presenting author can submit only one abstract for consideration.  

If you are concerned about your ability to contribute an abstract, or participate in this symposium, please contact Amar Nijagal ([email protected]) for advice and suggestions. All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Department of Surgery Research Committee.

Our goal is to engage all research residents in sharing their work. This event is a great opportunity to learn about the work of your colleagues and highlights the options for junior residents who are trying to decide what to pursue during their research years. 

When preparing an abstract, please follow these formatting guidelines and adhere to the word count limit of less than 250 wordsPlease make sure your abstract has been reviewed by your mentor(s) prior to submission. You may include 1 figure/table.

  • HEADER: Prepare your abstract on a single sheet of paper (8 ½ x 11) with ½ inch margins, single-spaced. Abstracts must have a title and a list of authors. Presenter’s name must be underlined. Leave a single space, then being your introduction.
  • INTRODUCTION: Begin your abstract with an introduction of one or two sentences. Clearly state the hypothesis you have or are planning to explore. Use clear, simple English, avoiding unnecessary scientific and medical jargon.
  • METHODS: Briefly outline the relevant techniques in the methods section, avoiding too much detail.
  • RESULTS OR PROGRESS: For residents giving “quick-shot” presentations, this progress section should highlight efforts. For residents with data, this results section is the most important (and usually the largest) part of the abstract. It is often helpful to summarize results in a table or graph. Where appropriate, compare the results between control and experimental groups using a suitable statistical test. Please state the test used, the number of experimental animals or replicates.
  • CONCLUSIONS: Clearly state conclusions in one or two sentences. Avoid conclusions that exceed the results.  For work in progress, describe the next steps.

Submit abstracts in .doc format by clicking here. Abstracts will be accepted through FEBRUARY 11, 2022.

Questions?  Contact the Surgery Education Office at (415) 476-1239 or email the event coordinator: [email protected].




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