ANZCA ASM : 5 May - 9 May 2023

ASM Call for abstracts

The ASM Call for abstracts is now open. Authors can submit their abstract/s online.

ANZCA strongly supports all forms of anaesthesia and pain medicine research. This includes everything from sub-studies of large multicentre research such as the LOLIPOP trial (recently awarded a Medical Research Future Fund grant) to survey research or audits undertaken by trainees in their local hospitals and ANZCA-funded research.

Prospective authors are invited to submit their abstracts for the 2023 ASM in the categories of anaesthesia and pain medicine. In 2023, abstracts can also be submitted for the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG satellite meeting for the Michael Paech Prize. More information about the Michael Paech Prize, eligibility information and submission guidelines are available on the meeting website. The format for this prize session will be oral presentations.

The Gilbert Brown Prize Session, ANZCA Trainee Academic Prize Session (ANZCA Trainee Research Prize and ANZCA Trainee Quality Improvement Prize), FPM Dean’s Prize and FPM Best Free Paper Award will be oral presentations. A number of electronic posters (ePosters) will also be selected for moderated oral presentations for the ASM Open ePoster Prize and Trainee ePoster Prize sessions.

The regional organising committee will also select a number of the abstracts presented at the 2023 ASM to be considered for publishing as an e-supplement to the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care journal or in the Pain Medicine journal.

Abstract submission guidelines
The ASM abstract submission guidelines, including information about eligibility guidelines for awards and prizes is available online. Abstract submission guidelines and prize information for the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG satellite meeting are available on the meeting website. Abstract submissions for both meetings will close at 11.59pm (AEDT) on Sunday 15 January 2023. 

Authors will be notified in late February whether their abstract/s have been accepted for the ASM. If you have not received any correspondence please check your junk folder first, otherwise please contact the ASM team by email. All authors accepted for the ASM are required to register for the ASM prior to the close of early-bird registration, Friday 3 March 2023, otherwise their abstract may be withdrawn from the program and ASM proceedings.

FAQs
Where can I find more information about the required format for abstracts, publication requirements and prize elibility?

The ASM abstract submission guidelines include important information on required formatting, publication requirements, eligibility for prizes and more. We highly recommend ALL authors review these prior to submitting their abstract.

How do I determine which prizes I’m eligible to be considered for?

The eligibility for prize sessions is assessed for the presenting author. Please refer to the eligibility criteria for individual prizes noted at the bottom of this page and the ASM abstract submission guidelines.

Can I be submit an abstract for both an ASM prize and the Michael Paech Prize?

Yes, authors can submit an abstract for both an ASM prize and the Michael Paech Prize, however if their abstract is selected for presentation for the Michael Paech Prize session, they will be ineligible for prizes at the ASM. Their abstract can however be accepted for display as an ePoster at the ASM.

Please note: If an author submits an abstract for both the ASM and Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG satellite meeting and it is accepted for both (i.e. for the Michael Paech Prize and as an ePoster for display only at the ASM), the author will be required to register as a paid delegate for both meetings by the close of early-bird registration, Friday 3 March 2023.

Can I submit an abstract if it has already been published?

You are able to submit for display only as an ePoster. It is not eligible for a prize session. You will be asked to note this in the submission questions.

Eligibility states: Abstracts will only be considered for ASM prizes if they have not been orally presented or published in a journal. Your abstract remains eligible for submission if it has been displayed at a scientific meeting i.e. as an ePoster.

Can I resubmit my abstract?

Yes, you are able to log back into the portal and resubmit your abstract any time prior to the close of abstracts on Sunday 15 January 2023 at 11.59pm AEDT. Please ensure you use the same email address.

Do the references need to be included within the abstract word limit?

Your abstract should not exceed 3500 characters including spaces (approximately 600 words) including references. A maximum of three (3) references are allowed and are included in the word limit. Tables, graphs, diagrams, symbols, scientific characters or internet links are not accepted.

Will late submissions be accepted?

Unfortunately we are unable to accept any abstract submissions after 11.59pm AEDT on Sunday 15 January 2023. Please ensure you submit your abstract well in advance of this date to ensure you complete the submission process and have sufficient time to clarify any queries prior to the call for abstracts close.

How long after the abstracts close will I find out if my abstract has been accepted?

Authors will be notified late February whether their abstract/s have been accepted for the ASM or the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG satellite meeting.

ASM PRIZES
Gilbert Brown Prize

The Gilbert Brown Prize is a prestigious prize that is awarded annually at the ASM. Eligibility for the prize shall be limited to fellows of the college and the Faculty of Pain Medicine within eight years* of admission to fellowship of ANZCA. In the case of fellows who also hold a specialist qualification from another college or equivalent, eligibility for the prize shall be limited to fellows within eight years* of obtaining their original specialist qualification in anaesthesia or pain medicine. The presentation must be delivered by the candidate who has submitted the abstract. Applicants may submit only one abstract for consideration for presentation in the Gilbert Brown Prize session. The prize takes the form of a medal and will be accompanied by a grant of $A1000 for educational purposes. The Gilbert Brown Prize winner will also receive a certificate recognising the award. Please note only one abstract per author can be entered for consideration for this prize.
* Taking into account career disruption.

ANZCA Trainee Research Prize (formerly the Trainee Academic Prize)

The Trainee Research Prize shall be awarded to the trainee or fellow, within one (1) year of award of the Diploma of Fellowship who is judged to make the best contribution at the Trainee Academic Session – Trainee Research Prize – held as part of the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). Prospective authors must meet the eligibility criteria by 12 midnight (AEDT) on 1 March in the year of the ASM. This Session will only be open to trainees or fellows to present material related to their research whilst a trainee. The prize will take the form of a medal, and be accompanied by a certificate recognising the achievement.
* Taking into account career disruption.

ANZCA Trainee Quality Improvement Prize

The Scholar Role Subcommittee (SRSC) have introduced this specific prize for a scholar role activity to raise awareness to the importance of quality improvement activities and to recognise exceptional work in either:
• Critical appraisal of topic
• Audit
• Clinical Practice Improvement Project
The Trainee Quality Improvement prize shall be awarded to the Trainee or Fellow, within one (1) year* of award of the Diploma of Fellowship by 12 midnight (AEDT) on 1 March 2023 who is judged to make the best contribution at the Trainee Academic Session – Trainee Quality Improvement Prize – held as part of the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). Prospective authors must meet the eligibility criteria by 12 midnight (AEDT) on 1 March in the year of the ASM. The prize will take the form of a medal, and be accompanied by a certificate recognising the achievement.
* Taking into account career disruption.

FPM Dean's Prize

The FPM Dean’s Prize is awarded for original work presented in the area of pain, judged to be a significant contribution to pain medicine and/or pain research. Eligibility is limited to Faculty of Pain Medicine trainees, or fellows of FPM within eight (8) years* of admission to fellowship of the FPM by 12 midnight (AEDT) on 1 March in the year of the ASM. Elected fellows must be within eight (8) years* of admission to their original fellowship by 12 midnight (AEDT) on 1 March in the year of the ASM. The prize takes the form of a certificate and a grant of $1,000AUD for educational or research purposes and will be awarded at the FPM Annual General Meeting.
* Taking into account career disruption.

FPM Best Free Paper Award

The Best Free Paper Award is awarded for original work judged to be the best contribution to the free paper session of the Faculty of Pain Medicine. The faculty free paper session is open to all ASM registrants. The prize takes the form of a certificate and a grant of $A500 for educational or research purposes and will be awarded at the FPM Annual General Meeting.

A career disruption involves a prolonged interruption to an applicant’s capacity to work, due to:
• Pregnancy.
• Major illness/injury.
• Carer responsibilities.
Interruptions must involve either a continuous absence from work for periods of 28 calendar days or more and/or a long-term partial return to work that has been formalised with the applicant’s employer.

EPOSTER PRIZES

The organising committee of the 2023 ASM will select two posters to be awarded a prize under the following categories:

ASM 2023 Open ePoster Prize

The prize of $A500 is to be used for recognised educational purposes. The Open ePoster Prize will be awarded to the author(s) of the poster judged to be the best of those submitted in terms of originality, scientific rigor and quality of presentation.

ASM 2023 ANZCA Trainee ePoster Prize

This prize of $A500 is to be used for a recognised educational purpose and will be awarded to the author(s) of a poster presented at the annual scientific meeting (ASM) by an ANZCA trainee or fellow within one (1) year of award of the Diploma of Fellowship which the Regional Organising Committee considers best of those submitted in terms of originality, scientific rigor and quality of presentation.

Important note: The submitting author of an abstract will always receive email confirmation of receipt of the abstract into the submission site. Please check your junk folder and contact the ASM team should your email not have been received.

EPOSTERS

ePosters will be displayed electronically at the meeting to enable interactive browsing by delegates. Authors selected for Open ePoster and Trainee ePoster sessions will be invited to present their work as a short slide presentation.