Submission Guidelines

Rheumatology fellows and junior faculty from across the U.S. and Canada are invited to submit abstracts of their original basic or clinical research findings or unusual clinical cases.

Eligibility

  • Fellows-in-training at an ACGME-accredited rheumatology training program in the U.S. or Canadian (RCPSC) accredited rheumatology program
  • Junior faculty members associated with an ACGME-accredited rheumatology training program in the U.S. or Canadian (RCPSC) accredited rheumatology program
  • Interns and residents-in-training in an accredited program within the US and Canada who have an M.D., DO, MBBS, or PhD degree; a special interest in rheumatology; and a relevant submission

Content

  • Unusual, fascinating clinical cases
  • Partial or completed clinical trials
  • Scientific observations, partial or fully tested scientific or clinical hypotheses
  • Encore abstracts may be submitted

Identification must include

  • A brief title that is clearly descriptive of the study should be highlighted in bold.
  • The main author’s name should be highlighted in bold and underlined.
  • Current institutional affiliations; city and state should not be included in the abstract itself
  • All contact information including address, telephone number, fax number, cell number, pager and E-mail address
  • Submitting author classification (Fellow or Junior Faculty and whether clinical or basic research)
  • Disclosure of whether the research was funded or supported in any way by commercial interests (e.g., pharmaceutical grants)

Abstract Body

  • Sans serif font (such as Arial, Helvetica or Times New Roman) is preferred with no font size smaller than 11 point
  • Include the purpose of the study, methods used (if appropriate), summary of results and the conclusions reached.
  • The text body should be limited to 2,800 characters excluding title, author’s name or affiliation, disclosure and spaces.
  • Graphs, charts, and images may be uploaded and submitted without character penalty.

Submission

  • All abstracts and the participant’s curriculum vitae should be submitted electronically online at http://nyrif.com/online-submission/.
  • If you are unable to access the online submission site, then the abstract and CV may be E-mailed as Microsoft Word Version 6.0 or higher “doc” or “docx” files to: pmclain@bham.net.
  • If you are unable to E-mail your submission, you may fax a copy of your abstract and CV to: (205) 991-6161.
  • The deadline for receipt of submissions is midnight March 26, 2018.
  • All abstracts will be judged by the experienced faculty judging panel.
  • Abstracts previously presented at other meetings will not be excluded.

Selection

  • The judging panel will choose the fourteen most exceptional abstracts for oral presentations at NYRIF. The top ten individuals will receive stipends of $1000 each for travel and meeting expenses.  The remaining four will receive stipends of $500 each.  The top fourteen abstracts may be chosen to be presented as both an oral and a poster presentation.
  • The next eleven abstracts to be determined by the judging panel to be highly meritorious will be permitted to present a poster presentation and will receive a stipend of $500 for travel and meeting expenses.
  • Five remaining abstracts may be chosen by the judges as meritorious and will also be permitted to present a poster in the poster session and will receive a $250 stipend towards their travel and meeting expenses.
  • Notification of abstract acceptance for oral or poster sessions as well as category of travel stipend award will be made by E-mail by April 17, 2018.
  • All judge’s decisions are final

Awards

  • Semifinalists will receive a certificate of recognition and accomplishment with their travel stipend at the Award’s Banquet Wednesday night, May 16, 2018.
  • The overall top abstract in the combined clinical and basic research categories as well as the top poster presentation will be awarded certificates recognizing scientific achievement and exceptional promise.
  • All travel stipends will be awarded to the participants at an Award’s Banquet Wednesday night, May 16, 2018 at which time $1000/recipient travel stipends will be awarded to the ten top finalists, $500/recipient travel stipends to the next fifteen semifinalists and $250/recipient travel stipends for the remaining five semifinalists.