Leadership & Career Development
Those who practice consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatry have exposure to a variety of clinical experiences that inform their scholarly work. Through activities such as writing case reports to contributing to clinical trials, C-L psychiatrists can participate in the advancement of scientific knowledge and the generation of new questions for further study. Preparation of an abstract for a poster or similar presentation at a scientific meeting can often serve as a first step in transforming noteworthy clinical material into an educational composition with a purpose and point of view. Successful submission of an abstract brings opportunities, including poster presentations, new professional connections, and future publications. Such gains can be especially meaningful and influential for early career clinicians, including trainees, with impact on career development, mentorship, and lifelong collaboration.
Production of high-quality abstracts with potential for acceptance at national meetings involves several ingredients, from the identification of relevant clinical material, to the generation of a perspective, to the composition of a convincing and well-written brief narrative that supports the point of view, utilizing key aspects of the available literature. This process requires specific knowledge and skills that may not be part of routine medical training and practice, such that many abstracts do not initially meet acceptance standards. To address this limiting step, this workshop, co-sponsored by the Education Committee and the Oral Papers and Posters Subcommittee, will lead participants in interactive exercises to hone skills related to creating poster abstracts on clinically-based themes. Participants will gain practice in developing and modifying an abstract into submission-ready form. Strategies for successful abstract creation will be supported with relevant educational materials. Skills developed in this workshop will be relevant to trainees, medical educators, and those at any point in their career interested in scholarship and mentoring.
Dr. Gordon-Elliott will serve as moderator and introduce the session (2 minutes).
Dr. Kasick will provide an overview of poster abstracts types, and the components of the abstract (6 minutes).
Dr. Saad-Pendergrass will speak about the case report abstract, as an emblematic submission type, including its purpose, development and design (8 minutes).
Dr. Slocum will provide guidance on organizing and presenting relevant case-based material in an abstract (6 minutes).
Dr. Lee will review optimal utilization of material and existing literature in the discussion component of the abstract (8 minutes).
A small-group interactive and actively facilitated exercise will follow (45 minutes), in which an abstract with strengths and deficiencies is reviewed, dissected into its elements, evaluated according to a provided assessment tool, and then improved. Participants keep a copy of the short and practical assessment tool for future reference and use.