American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) 51st Annual Meeting

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2019 Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

Dear Colleague,

We cordially invite you to submit an abstract for consideration of an oral or poster presentation at the 51st American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland taking place May 2-5, 2019 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

The Scientific Program Committee has broadened abstract submission opportunities with the goals of involving more members in the Annual Meeting and encouraging the highest quality of presentations. To learn more about each of these opportunities, please see the details in the Call for Abstracts below. 

The 2019 Annual Meeting will include two categories of abstracts:

  1. Scientific abstracts: Original research that addresses the most urgent needs of our patients and the ACMS. Scientific abstracts with a primary author who is a fellow-in-training or who is in his or her first year of practice after completing a fellowship in Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology will be eligible for the Tromovitch Award Competition.
  2. Rapid Pearls abstracts: Two-minute anecdotal pearls regarding Mohs surgery technique, frozen section pathology, reconstructive surgery, or practice management. Rapid Pearl presenters must submit their final slides in handout format, with the exception of video files, for availability in the Annual Meeting mobile app.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

In addition to abstracts, fellows-in-training are invited to submit a case for the Clinicopathologic Case Competition. Fellows-in-training may submit clinicopathologic slides and photographs of Mohs cases that have uncommon or rare pathology or that illustrate prototypical diagnostic challenges and keys to diagnosis or tumor detection. Submissions must be received at the ACMS office by Friday, February 15, 2019.   

Your participation is crucial to ensure the continued success of our specialty’s premier meeting. Please encourage fellows-in-training to submit an abstract for the Tromovitch Award and/or a case for the Clinicopathologic Case Competition.

If you have any questions about the proposed abstract or the submission process, please contact us at info@mohscollege.org. We look forward to your contribution and hope to see you in Baltimore!

                                
Sarah T. Arron, MD, PhD, FACMS              Barry Leshin, MD, FACMS
2019 Scientific Program Chair                       ACMS President, 2018-19


Call for Scientific Abstracts

The Scientific Program Committee will give special consideration to original research that addresses the most urgent needs of our patients and the ACMS, including the following:

  • Outcome and quality metrics in the field of cutaneous oncology
  • Cost-effectiveness research on Mohs and reconstructive surgery
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Novel reconstruction techniques, particularly involving case series (single case reports are discouraged)
  • Outcome and quality measures for frozen section slide procedures and pathologic interpretation

Review Process for Scientific Abstracts

  1. Members of the Scientific Program Committee independently reviews each abstract.
  2. To ensure fairness, reviewers are blinded to the author(s) and/or institution(s) who submit the abstract.
  3. Each reviewer independently scores the abstracts according the significance, innovation, approach, and impact on the ACMS mission, and the field of Mohs and reconstructive surgery.
  4. Priority is given to work that has not been presented or submitted elsewhere.
  5. Acceptance is at the sole discretion of Scientific Program Committee, whose decision for oral versus poster presentation is final.

General Submission Guidelines for Scientific Abstracts

  1. The submission deadline is 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, January 10, 2019.
  2. In order to encourage broad representation of our members, the Scientific Program Committee will limit each person to one scientific abstract podium (oral) presentation and one Rapid Pearl presentation. Each member may serve as a co-author on more than one oral presentation or more than one poster presentation of a scientific abstract. Members accepted to present oral abstracts will remain eligible to present in invited non-abstract sessions.
  3. To preserve the integrity of the blinded review process, abstracts with identifying information will be disqualified. Eliminate all identifying words or phrases, including, but not limited to, author names, author institutions, industry affiliations, or geographic locations.  
  4. In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education guidelines, “Educational materials that are part of a CME activity, such as abstracts, cannot contain any advertising, trade name or a product-group message” within the abstract.
  5. General submissions must include preliminary or completed data to demonstrate that research is underway and will be completed prior to the date of the Annual Meeting. Tromovitch-eligible abstracts must include complete data analysis at the time of submission.
  6. Abstracts that do not have an ACMS member or fellow-in-training as an author must include a curriculum vitae of the primary author at the time of submission. The Scientific Program Committee will remain blinded to authorship during the review process.
  7. There is a strict 450-word limit. Author information and uploaded images will not count toward the 450-word limit.
  8. Abstracts may include up to three files or graphics uploaded in TIFF, GIF, or JPEG format and no larger than a combined 10 MB.
  9. No changes or additions may be made to the abstract after the submission deadline.
  10. All authors of accepted abstracts will be required to disclose any commercial conflicts of interest, which the Scientific Program Committee will review and consider for disqualification.

How to Submit

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Tromovitch Award Abstract Competition

Scientific abstracts with a primary author who is a fellow-in-training or who is in his or her first year of practice after completing a fellowship in Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology will be eligible for the Tromovitch Award Abstract Competition.

  1. The submission deadline is 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, January 10, 2019.
  2. Eligibility:  the primary author of the abstract must be a fellow-in-training or in the first year after completing a fellowship in Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology.
  3. The abstract must present original research done by the fellow-in-training during his or her year of training.
  4. Tromovitch-eligible abstracts must include complete data analysis at the time of submission.
  5. Authors must indicate on the submission website that he/she is applying for the Tromovitch Award Abstract Competition.
  6. Tromovitch-eligible abstracts must follow the General Submission Guidelines outlined in the Call for Abstracts.
  7. The Scientific Program Committee & Tromovitch Award Committee review all Tromovitch-eligible abstracts and decide which ones will be accepted for the Annual Meeting.
  8. Authors of accepted abstracts must give an oral presentation at the Annual Meeting to be eligible for the Tromovitch Award.
  9. After the oral presentations at the Annual Meeting, the judges of the Tromovitch Award will choose the winner based on the originality of the work, the quality of the science, the relevance to the field of Mohs and reconstructive surgery, and the quality of the oral presentation. In some years, there may be no award.
  10. The recipient of the Tromovitch Award must submit an article suitable for publication in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery by March of the following year. Upon receipt of the article by the Journal, the recipient of the award will receive complimentary membership dues for his or her first year of membership in the ACMS and free registration for the Annual Meeting of the following year.

Call for Rapid Pearl Abstracts

The 2019 Annual Meeting will continue the ‘Rapid Pearls’ abstract session. This session gives the ACMS membership an opportunity to share a pearl with colleagues via an oral presentation during the plenary session. Rapid Pearl presenters must submit their final slides in handout format, with the exception of video files, for availability in the Annual Meeting mobile app. The Scientific Program Committee will give special consideration to Rapid Pearls abstracts that address the following topics:

  • Mohs surgery technique
  • Frozen section pathology
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Practice management

Review Process for Rapid Pearl Abstracts

  1. Members of the Scientific Program Committee independently reviews each abstract.
  2. To ensure fairness, reviewers are blinded to the author(s) and/or institution(s) who submit the abstract.
  3. Each reviewer independently scores the abstracts based on the novelty of the pearl, its relevance to ACMS members, and the overall quality of the submission, including clarity of photographs or video.
  4. Acceptance is at the sole discretion of Scientific Program Committee.

General Submission Guidelines for Rapid Pearl Abstracts

  1. The submission deadline is 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, January 10, 2019.
  2. Submission is limited to ACMS members, and each member may submit only one pearl.
  3. The Scientific Program Committee will limit each person to one Rapid Pearl presentation and one scientific abstract podium (oral) presentation.
  4. Presenters must submit their final slides in handout format, with the exception of video files, to make available in the Annual Meeting mobile app.
  5. The submission must be in the form of a PDF of a PowerPoint presentation designed for a 2-minute presentation (no more than 8 slides per presentation), and/or a video edited to a maximum length of 1 minute and no larger than 100 MB. Submissions exceeding these parameters will be disqualified.
  6. To preserve the integrity of the blinded review process, submissions with identifying information will be disqualified.  Eliminate all identifying words or phrases, including, but not limited to, author names, author institutions, industry affiliations, or geographic locations.
  7. All submissions must be HIPAA-compliant. If any photos or videos allow patient identification, the applicant must indicate that the patient has provided consent. If the abstract is selected for presentation, the author must provide a copy of the consent form for final acceptance.
  8. In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education guidelines, “Educational materials that are part of a CME activity, such as abstracts, cannot contain any advertising, trade name or a product-group message” within the abstract.
  9. No changes or additions may be made to the abstract after the submission deadline. All authors of accepted abstracts will be required to disclose any commercial conflicts of interest, which the Scientific Program Committee will review and consider for disqualification.

Call for Fellows-in-Training Clinicopathologic Case Competition

Fellows-in-training are invited to submit clinicopathologic slides and photographs of Mohs cases that have uncommon or rare pathology or that illustrate prototypical diagnostic challenges and keys to diagnosis or tumor detection.  The winner will be invited to present the case during a plenary session at the Annual Meeting.

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Poster Specifications

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