2019 Virginia Geriatrics Society Conference - Call for Abstracts!
The 30th Annual Virginia Geriatrics Society Conference will be held in Richmond, VA from April 26-28, 2019 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel in Short Pump. The conference will feature renowned speakers from around the Commonwealth and beyond that will provide clinical updates on the care of older adults.

This year, the VGS Program Planning Committee is pleased to invite authors to submit abstracts (clinical vignette, clinical research, or quality improvement-patient safety projects) for our inaugural poster competition. In doing so, we hope to foster scholarly activity and promote research projects focused on improving the health of the elderly.

TOPICS OF INTEREST
We are interested in abstracts representing a unique case presentation of an older adult or geriatric syndrome (clinical vignette), a research project representing the interests of older adults or their caregivers (clinical research), or a quality improvement project focused on improving the care of older adults (quality improvement-patient safety).

SELECTION CRITERIA
Abstracts will be judged by a panel of experts on the (1) relevance of the case or research project to the audience at VGS, (2) innovation, (3) scientific validity, and (4) quality of abstract presentation. Abstracts with significant grammatical errors will be automatically disqualified.

PRESENTER REQUIREMENTS
The poster competition is open to all medical, nursing, and pharmacy trainees (students, residents, fellows) currently enrolled in an accredited school in Virginia. The trainee must be listed as an author on the abstract and be able to present during the poster session on Friday, April 26th from 5:30-6:30 pm. You will be required to register for the conference as a student attendee.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Posters accepted by the Committee will be on display during the poster competition session at the annual conference and available for download on the Virginia Geriatrics Society conference website after the event. Posters should be one-sided and a maximum of 4' x 8'. A comfortable (and affordable!) poster size is generally approximately 3'x 4'.

For more information about recommended poster formatting and content, please view the official guidelines: https://dochub.com/vgspostersessions/WvPj5Y/vgs2019-posterguidelines-final-pdf?dt=29ab3hBRbXGThp5dPNJ_

SUBMISSION
To submit an abstract, begin by filling out the form below. Please note:

- Abstracts can only be submitted online using this template.
- Abstracts must be submitted in English.
- Abstract may not exceed 400 words.
- No references, tables or graphics should be included in the abstract.
- When using abbreviations within the body of the abstract, please spell out the name in full at first mention and follow with the abbreviation in parentheses.
- It is the responsibility of the author to ensure abstract text does not contain any typos or grammatical errors.
- No changes can be made to the abstract after the submission window has closed.

DEADLINE
All abstracts must be submitted by Friday, March 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm. No abstracts will be accepted after the deadline. Following review of the submissions, selected individuals will be notified by April 5th.

If you have any questions, contact meeting coordinator Christine Heubusch at christine.heubusch@easterassociates.com or 434-977-3716 ext. 23

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