2022 Abstract Competition 

The Texas Society of Pathologists invites pathology residents and fellows to submit abstracts for the 37th Annual John R. Rainey, MD, Residents'/Fellows' Seminar during the 101st Annual Meeting of the TSPThe 2022 Annual Meeting will be held April 1-3, 2022 at the JW Marriott Houston by the Galleria in Houston, Texas. The in-person meeting will also have a virtual viewing option via Zoom for those attendees that are unable to participate in the annual meeting on-site. The deadline to submit an application was November 18 by 4pm, so the window is now CLOSED.

The following are the Abstract Competition Guidelines:

1.  The competition is open to all pathology residents and fellows in approved Texas training programs.
2.  An abstract of no more than 350 words should be submitted through the following Google forms (submissions links have been removed as the 2021 deadline has passed):
3.  Abstracts are accepted only by website submission (via Google Forms).  Those received by fax, routine mail, or email will not be considered.
4.  The attached abstract file should NOT contain the names of the author, co-authors or institution. 
5.  It is strongly recommended that abstracts be broken down into four clearly defined sections:  background, materials and methods, results, and discussion.  However, this is not required.
6.  Papers are submitted with the understanding they represent work performed primarily by the presenter during their residency or fellowship and were not previously presented in a national meeting.  This does not preclude subsequent presentation or publication in a referenced journal.
7.  Residents and fellows can ONLY be listed as a first author on a single abstract submission. Multiple abstracts/case presentations may NOT be submitted nor can abstracts by the same author be submitted to investigative and case report. This does not preclude them from being included as co-authors in other abstracts.
8.  One case report may be submitted by an individual.  Topics may cover anatomic, clinical or experimental pathology. These include, but are not limited to:
    • report of one or more cases of diagnostic or conceptual interest,
    • an in depth study of a case using new or a variety of methods,
    • investigative basic research in any branch of pathology,
    • differential diagnostic problems encountered by the practicing pathologist,
    • improvements or evaluation of new stains, methodology or instruments.
9.  All investigative abstracts submitted will be considered for podium presentation.  Six abstracts will be selected and will require presenting on Sunday, April 3rd at the Annual Meeting, either in-person, or virtually - via Zoom. Authors will be notified by Monday, December 13, 2021 and exact times will be scheduled and provided at a later date.
10.  If you submit an application for Investigative Abstracts you must complete the Disclosure form required for podium presentation in the event you are selected. The disclosure form will be emailed to you upon receipt of your submission.
11.  Each podium presentation, whether in-person or via Zoom, will be limited to 10 minutes, with an additional 2-minute Q&A as needed, on Sunday, January 30. Podium presenters will not be expected to prepare posters.
12.  Authors whose papers were not selected for podium presentation may be invited to submit their work as a poster. Posters this year will be electronically displayed both on-site and via the TSP website. They will not be printed.

A panel of judges will select the top three podium presentations based on their scientific merit, clarity of presentation, originality, potential importance, interpretation and conclusion, use of audiovisual material and interaction with the audience during the Q&A period.  The winners will be awarded a certificate as well as $325, $225 and $150 for first, second and third places respectively.  A certificate will also be awarded to the institution sponsoring the best presentation.  Winners will be announced at the end of the conference on Sunday, January 30.

A panel of judges will also select the three best case report posters and investigational posters based on their scientific merit, clarity of presentation, originality, potential importance, interpretation and conclusion, and figures and tables.  Case report posters will be awarded the following (1st, 2nd, 3rd place - $100, $75, $50); Investigational posters will be awarded the following (1st, 2nd, 3rd place - $200, $150, $100). 

The registration fee for abstract participants is discounted for all residents and fellows ($50).

If you have additional questions regarding submission, please contact Alyssa Muckelroy, TSP Meeting Coordinator, at Alyssa.Muckelroy@texmed.org.