Womack Surgical Society Calls for Abstracts from Residents and Medical Students

Residents and medical students at UNC are invited to submit abstracts for the annual meeting of the Nathan A. Womack Surgical Society, to be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from May 1 to 3, 2014.  Abstract submissions will be accepted until Friday, April 4, 2014, at 11 p.m. EDT. Four submitted abstracts will be selected for presentation at the annual meeting on Friday, May 2. The George F. Sheldon Research Competition Award will be given for the most outstanding presentation. Abstracts may be on any medical research topic but are often related to surgery.

Please follow these instructions to submit an abstract:

Abstract Limit: There are no restrictions on the number of abstracts you may submit.

Character Limit: There is a limit of 250 words for 
the text of your abstract submission. Title, authors, institutions, tables, and images are not counted in the 250-word limit.

Tables and Images: You may add 1 table and 1 image to your submission.

Abstract Structure:  All abstracts must be structured with the following headings and content:

  • Objectives – A brief statement on the objectives of the study and the current state of 
research in the field. What limitation or problem does this study address?
  • Methods – The methods of study or experimental approach must be defined briefly.
  • Results – A summary of the study results, including sufficient details to support those 
conclusions. A brief table or image may be used.
  • Conclusions – A statement concerning the significance of the work and its implications 
for further research or clinical practice.

George F. Sheldon Research Competition Award

The award is named after the late George F. Sheldon, M.D.,  Zach D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery.  Dr. Sheldon chaired the UNC Department of Surgery from 1984 to 2001 and served as president of the American College of Surgeons from 1998 to 1999.  This award will be awarded to the medical student or resident in training with the most outstanding presentation.  Selection will be based upon the quality of abstract as well as the oral presentation, as judged by a panel of visitors and UNC faculty.  The award includes $500 cash and recognition at the annual Womack Society reception on Friday evening, May 2.

Submission:  All abstracts must be submitted electronically to Andy Kiser, M.D., andy_kiser@med.unc.edu , by 11 p.m. EDT on April 4, 2014.  Questions may be directed to Dr. Kiser or to Debbie Alberti, debbie_alberti@med.unc.edu , at (919) 966-3391.