Abstract Submission Information

The abstract submission site is closed for the 2017 program and will reopen on January 1, 2018.

The HVPAA welcomes the submission of abstracts for its annual meeting, which will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on September 22-24, 2018. The mission of the HVPAA’s annual research conference is to identify and advance quality improvement initiatives that have safely eliminated unnecessary tests, procedures or treatments.

Any academic medical center may submit an abstract to be considered for oral podium or paper poster presentation until April 1 at midnight PST. Published data and previously presented research can be submitted, but will be considered for poster presentation only (not for podium presentation). Educators may submit medical school and GMEC curricula for poster presentation. Poster presentations of any kind do not require attendance at the conference.

Preference will be given to value improvement projects with resident, fellow or medical student collaborators and those that include results demonstrating improved patient care quality, confirmation of patient care safety and reduction in costs. The abstract review committee consists of faculty from our founding member academic medical institutions (www.hvpaa.org/faculty).

Abstract submission categories:

  • Improving diagnostic efficiency
    • laboratory/pathology
    • imaging
    • cardiac diagnostics
  • Reducing unnecessary therapeutics
    • treatments (medications, transfusions)
    • procedures (interventional, endoscopic, surgical, operative supplies)
  • Consultations
    • reducing unnecessary consultations
    • engaging appropriate consultants to expedite care
  • Quality driven pathways to reduce practice variabilities
    • surgical pathways
    • medical pathways
  • Discharge transitions
  • Optimization of patient care setting
    • outpatient clinics to expedite discharge
    • specialty acute care clinics to avert emergency department visits
    • specialized inpatient units
  • Preventative medicine
  • Provider behavior modification
  • Information technology
    • appropriateness guidance
    • EMR algorithms to expedite diagnosis
    • outpatient monitors for real-time assessment and feedback
  • Medical school and GME high value curricula

Abstract submission and formatting guidelines:

  1. Select a preferred format for presentation (oral or poster). Please note that the final decision regarding presentation format rests with the Abstract Review Committee.
  2. Enter the Title of the abstract.
  3. Enter the Body of the abstract, separated into the following 4 sections:
    • Introduction
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions
  4. Please limit your abstract to <500 words. You may edit your abstract in a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word, and copy/cut and paste into the online submission box.
  5. Describe the Clinical Implications of your value improvement initiative in <100 words. Specifically, how did this initiative improve the quality and safety of patient care as well as the patient experience.
  6. Add your information and co-authors’ information.
  7. Indicate if your presentation has been previously presented or published.
  8. (Optional) Upload Supplemental Files (table, figure, graph, PDF, word doc, etc)
  9. Please note that if your abstract is accepted, the content cannot be modified other than to add or remove authors.
  10. Podium abstract presentations should be in powerpoint format with no more than 20 slides and not to exceed 8 minutes, followed by 7 minutes for discussion

High Value Educational Curricula abstract submission formatting guidelines:

  • DIOs, Program Directors, curriculum directors and medical educators are invited to submit high value educational curricula for consideration as poster presentations.
  • For these abstracts, please use the following format:
    • Objectives
    • Target Audience (medical students, residency, fellowship)
    • Description of Program
    • Evidence of Program Efficacy (expected or measured)
    • Assessment of Environmental Change (optional)
    • Conclusions 
  • Please limit your abstract to <500 words. You may edit your abstract in a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word, and copy/cut and paste into the online submission box.
  • Describe the Clinical Implications of your educational curriculum in <100 words. Specifically, how will this educational program improve patient care value as well as quality and/or safety.
  • Add your information and co-authors’ information.
  • Indicate if your presentation has been previously presented or published.
  • (Optional) Upload Supplemental Files (table, figure, graph, PDF, word doc, etc)
  • Please note that if your abstract is accepted, the content cannot be modified other than to add or remove authors.
  • Educational curricula will be presented in poster form only.
  • Poster presentations do not require in-person conference attendance.
  • Information about poster size and shipping instructions will accompany acceptance notices.
pillars IMPORTANT DATES
  • January 1, 2018 – Abstract submissions site opens
  • April 1, 2018 – Deadline for abstract submissions by midnight PST
  • June 15, 2018 – Abstract notifications sent
  • September 22-24, 2018 – National conference