THE 2024 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS IS NOW CLOSED! This contents of this page will remain up for reference. 

The Texas Society of Pathologists invites pathology residents and fellows to submit abstracts for the 39th Annual John R. Rainey, MD, Residents'/Fellows' Seminar during the 103rd Annual Meeting of the TSPThe 2024 Annual Meeting will be held February 2-4, 2024 at the Hilton Downtown Austin Hotel in Austin, TX.  

Please note: You must register for the meeting in order to participate in the Abstract Competition. The meeting registration fee for Residents and Fellows is $100 and can be located on the TSP website. There is no registration fee required for Medical Students.  (*Please note: you or your institution are responsible for travel, hotel expenses, and social activities.)


1.     The competition is open to all pathology residents and fellows in approved Texas training programs and should be members in good standing of the TSP.

·        Medical students and non-Texas, current residents/fellows are eligible to submit, however, they are not eligible for podium presentation nor awards. * If selected for poster presentation, a poster printing fee of $50 will be required, payable upon acceptance.

2.     An abstract of no more than 350 words should be submitted through the following links:  


·        Abstracts are accepted only by website submission.  Those received by fax, routine mail, or email will not be considered.

·        Your abstract file submission should NOT contain the names of the author, co-authors or institution.

·        Although not required, it is STRONGLY recommended that abstracts be broken down into four clearly defined sections:  background, materials and methods, results, and discussion. 

3.     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.

4.     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.

One case report may be submitted by an individual. Topics may cover anatomic, clinical or experimental pathology. These include, but are not limited to:

a)    report of one or more cases of diagnostic or conceptual interest,

b)    an in‑depth study of a case using new or a variety of methods,

c)    investigative basic research in any branch of pathology,

d)    differential diagnostic problems encountered by the practicing pathologist,

e)    improvements or evaluation of new stains, methodology or instruments.

5.   All investigative abstracts submitted will be considered for platform/podium presentation.  Six abstracts will be selected and will require on-site presenting on Sunday, February 4th at the Annual Meeting. Authors will be notified by Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

6. 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 provided upon your acceptance to present.

7.   Each podium presentation is limited to 10 minutes, with an additional 2-minute Q&A as needed, on Sunday, February 4th. Podium presenters will not be expected to prepare posters.

8.   Authors whose papers are not selected for podium presentation may be invited to present their abstracts on posters to be displayed at the meeting. Posters should be saved in a PDF format and sized to 24" (tall) x 36" (wide). 

9.   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, February 4th.

10.     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).

For additional questions regarding the abstract submission process, please contact Aliza Gersh, Meeting Coordinator, at

Thank you and good luck!

Sagar Dhamne, MD

TSP Residents & Fellows Seminar Committee Chair