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Research Abstracts & FIRES Manuscripts

The deadline for all submissions is Friday, June 5, 2020

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Abstracts describing Research Projects will be accepted in the following categories: 

1. Research Abstract – Completed Study
Abstracts in this category represent completed work in which simulation is either the subject of the research or is used as a research tool. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods studies are welcomed. A specific research question and hypothesis are required. Established research methodologies and theoretical frameworks should inform the intervention, study design, and assessment process. Descriptive statistics may be presented. Use of inferential statistics on incomplete data, however, is strongly discouraged. Theoretical frameworks used to inform the intervention, methodology, or assessment process should be included when appropriate.

Research Abstracts (Completed Study) will be accepted either for an Oral or Poster Presentation format.  The format will be stated in your acceptance letter. You are not required to prepare both formats.

2. Research Study Development and Presentation Program 
Abstracts in this category describe studies in the development phase or in early stages of implementation for which the author wishes to receive focused review and feedback. This category is intended to help investigators better design, develop, implement, and prepare simulation-based research projects. Abstracts submitted to this category should represent research studies and ideas that hold promise to answer important questions in the field of simulation. Authors of abstracts accepted into this track will be invited to present their work during a series of special sessions at IMSH 2021 designed to foster collaboration among researchers working in similar topic areas. Participants in this program will receive feedback from fellow research colleagues on important topics such as the relevance of the identified problem, components of study design, study aims and goals, resource allocation, methodological considerations, outcome measures, and assessment metrics. Special consideration will be given to those topics most relevant for eventual publication of the completed study. 

3. FIRES (Future Innovators in Research, Education and Simulation) 
The FIRES program provides developing researchers an opportunity for manuscript publication in     the SSH Journal, Simulation in Healthcare.  Submission requirements are for shorter papers than typical journal submissions.  If accepted, the manuscript will be accepted as an Oral Presentation at IMSH 2021, and will be published as a short paper in Simulation in Healthcare in the Spring of 2021.

Authors are required to adhere to the Simulation in Healthcare guidelines for formatting and references.

The FIRES manuscript cannot exceed 2000 words and contain no more than four figures/tables. A structured abstract is required, not to exceed 250 words. Please see the Simulation in Healthcare Instructions for Authors for additional information about style, reference format and table and figure format requirements. 

Oral Presentation Information

Presenters will have eight minutes to present their work during a moderated Oral Presentation session, using a format that will be further defined at the time of acceptance.  Multiple presenters will be grouped together in each session, organized by like topics.  Oral Presentation Sessions will be held on Sunday, January 10th, 2021 immediately following the Opening Plenary.

Poster Presentation

Poster presenters are asked to prepare a physical poster summarizing their research for presentation at the meeting.  Presenters will be assigned a four-foot high x eight-foot wide poster board on which to display the poster. Posters do NOT need to fill the entire poster board.  Excessively large posters are both expensive and cumbersome.  Posters will be on display beginning Sunday, January 10th, immediately following the Opening Plenary Session, through Tuesday afternoon, January 12th at 2:00 PM.

Poster Professor Rounds Format

As an accepted poster presenter, you are expected to participate in Professor Rounds which be held on Sunday afternoon.  Each poster presenter should plan to prepare a three-minute oral overview of the research and be ready to answer any questions from both the assigned professors and audience members in attendance. 

A team-based moderation process will be used, with two professors assigned to most groups.  Professors will meet presenters at the first poster in each topic group and progress throughout the rounds to each poster.  All presenters in each topic group are expected to join the group to hear about the other poster presenters and the professors’ comments, rounding together. Specific group assignments, professors and board numbers will be sent following official notification of acceptance. 

Abstract Submission Requirements

Hypothesis/Research Question
Must contain the hypothesis or research question. Provide background information on a current gap in knowledge or need in a specific area in healthcare simulation. State the specific research question(s)/hypotheses and why the research question(s) are important to the simulation healthcare community. Include citations to relevant literature if appropriate. (max 1000 characters)

Describe the study/design, experimental method(s), participants, Apparatus, and procedure. Include the independent and dependent variables where appropriate. (max 1000 characters)

Describe the data/findings/results collected and how they were analyzed. Report any statistical analysis and appropriate statistical notation. You may NOT cut and paste a table into this text box. If your work is not yet complete, please provide anticipated results. (max 1000 characters)

Describe your conclusions, how the findings/results of the project do/do not support the original hypothesis/research question/objective for the project, and the resulting implications for the healthcare simulation community. Do NOT use a table in this section. The conclusion should be a narrative summary of the results and findings. If your work it not yet complete, please provide anticipated results. (max 1000 characters)

References must be formatted as shown in the Reference Format Guidelines (max 1000 characters)

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