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NCAPA Poster Session Guidelines

NCAPA will host a Poster Session during the Winter Conference in February of 2018. The poster session has been developed through a partnership between the NCAPA and the NC PA Program Directors Council as an opportunity to increase student/faculty/practicing clinical PAs scholarship.

Criteria for Submissions

There will be four categories of submission, each with separate guidelines (below), but the following apply to all:

  • Abstract – Microsoft Word document, size 11 font;
  • 400-500 word maximum, excluding references;
  • Three-five references maximum per abstract;
  • Graphs, charts, and/or photos are not allowed as part of abstract;
  • Research studies must have results (preliminary results are acceptable);
  • Authors can submit previously presented/published study, but preference will be given to those not yet presented/published.

Abstracts will be part of a blind review by PA program faculty volunteers. Reviewers will not review abstracts from their own institution or practice.

Within each category, there will also be a Student sub-category, in which the first author must be a student and which cannot include “literature reviews” or similar submissions created as master’s projects.

Abstracts that do not include all required information will not be reviewed.

Four Categories of Submission and Abstract Guidelines:

Clinical – Case Study | Review Criteria
  1. Author Names, affiliations, corresponding author contact information and a statement as to whether this work has been previously presented
  2. Note if primary author is a STUDENT
  3. Introduction/Background
  4. Purpose
  5. Clinical Evaluation
  6. Differential Diagnosis
  7. Treatment
  8. Conclusion
  9. References – if applicable

Research (educational, clinical, scientific) | Review Criteria
  1. Author Names, affiliations, corresponding author contact information and a statement as to whether this work has been previously presented
  2. Note if primary author is a STUDENT
  3. Introduction/Background
  4. Purpose/Research Question
  5. Methods – Design, setting, participants/sample, treatment/interventions/outcome
  6. Data Analysis
  7. Results
  8. Discussion
  9. Conclusion
  10. References

Educational Innovation | Review Criteria
  1. Author Names, affiliations, corresponding author contact information and a statement as to whether this work has been previously presented
  2. Note if primary author is a STUDENT
  3. Introduction/Background
  4. Purpose/Educational Objectives/Outcomes
  5. Curricular Design
  6. Research evidence for the Innovation
  7. Impact/Effectiveness
  8. References

Professional/Community Outreach | Review Criteria
  1. Author Names, affiliations, corresponding author contact information and a statement as to whether this work has been previously presented
  2. Note if primary author is a STUDENT
  3. Overview/Summary
  4. Goals of the Outreach Effort
  5. Outreach or project Activities
  6. Accomplishments/Impact
  7. Significance to the Profession/Community
  8. Recommendations
  9. References if applicable

Student authors may submit in any category and will be placed into the student section for that category.

Authors are responsible for all costs, including the cost of a single day’s registration at Winter Conference.

Anticipated Timeline

  • Abstracts should be submitted via email to Emily Adams at emily.adams@ncapa.org. Authors will be able to submit abstracts until Wednesday, November 1, 2017;
  • Abstracts will be blinded and assigned to reviewers (Nov 6-24)
  • Emails will be sent to corresponding author notifying of acceptance for presentation no later than December 10, 2017;
  • Presentation of posters will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2018. You do not have to attend the full Winter Conference to be eligible to participate in the poster session.

Additional Information

  • It is anticipated that up to 20 posters will be accepted for the Winter 2018 Conference
  • Size of poster for display TBD
  • Poster presentation abstracts will not be published for the Winter 2018 conference but may be in the future years

If you have any questions, feel free to contact NCAPA Executive Director, Emily Adams at emily.adams@ncapa.org.