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OPSC, with support from OPTI West, is proud to offer an opportunity for Residents and Fellows to fulfill their ACGME Common Program Requirement for Scholarly Activity through Short Oral Abstract Presentations (SOAPs) at our 2019 Annual Convention in San Diego, CA.

To submit an abstract for consideration, you must complete the form below in its entirety.  Multiple submissions are allowed, though you must complete a separate form for each submission.  Multiple submissions on a single form will be automatically rejected.

Submissions will be accepted until all presenters are identified.  No review of submissions will take place, however, until after January 7th.  All applicants will be notified of their status no later than January 14th. 

Please do not wait to book your hotel room or arrange travel until after you find out if you will present as our room block at the host hotel does tend to fill up quickly...  If you wish to stay at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina (the host venue), you may book online or call 1-800-MARRIOTT.  The Conference Rate is $235/night, plus tax.  If our block is sold out, or you simply wish to stay elsewhere, please visit the San Diego Visitor's Bureau web site for regional hotel information. 

All SOAPs will occur between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.


A maximum of seven (7) submissions will be accepted for presentation at the 2019 Convention.
ACGME Common Program Requirements (IV.B) considers resident scholarly activity as a core requirement. The specific type of research a resident or fellow can conduct is defined by the Scholarship Activity Guidelines generated by your specialty Review Committee. ( Many options exist. For instance, a Family Medicine Resident may present the results of a hypothesis-driven original clinical research study, present a case study and literature review of a clinical problem or present the design and results of a clinical quality improvement project conducted in your hospital or longitudinal out-patient clinic.
Yes. Oral presentations at your state society meeting (OPSC) fulfill the ACGME core requirement.
A written abstract is printed on the first page of research publications. The purpose is to summarize the reason for your research, methods, results and conclusions of the study without having to read an entire manuscript. In this case, the written abstract can be submitted for consideration of a presentation prior to the actual completion or publication of the work.
Original Research Abstracts include: Title, Authors and Affiliations, Introduction/Background, Research Objectives, Materials & Methods, Results, Conclusions, and Relevance or Implications
Case Study Abstracts include: Title, Authors and Affiliations, Background, Case Description, and Conclusions
The oral presentation will be brief and last no more than seven minutes. Presenters are limited to nine slides. The first slide includes title/authors and affiliation (your program name, hospital, etc) and conflict of interest statement. The final slide is for acknowledgements. This leaves up to 7 slides for the balance of your presentation, (approximately 1 slide per minute). If this is original research, a usual sequence of slides includes a brief introduction, methods, results, conclusions and future work. If a case study, consider slides on the history, examination, supportive ancillary data like radiographs and laboratory results, case progress and conclusions. Conclusions should include why this information is informative.
At this time, a Q&A session is scheduled to take place immediately following the final SOAP. Moderators will collect questions from the audience throughout the SOAPs and will attempt to select at least one question for each Presenter. The total number of questions asked will be determined by the time available.
No. Although you are certainly welcome to sign up to attend the entire event, it is not a requirement if you are selected to present a SOAP.
Yes, you can still be selected to present, though it depends on the type of study you are presenting. If your study involves less than four (4) patients, it does not need and Ethics/IRB review. If your study involves 4 or more patients, then a review is required for selection.


Submissions for the 2019 Convention SOAPs will be accepted beginning November 7th.

If you have any questions, please contact Karl Baur, CMP, OPSC's Director of Meetings and Publications at 916-822-5246 or


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