Florida Chapter
American College of Surgeons

FCACS Abstract Program Rules and Guidelines

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2020 Abstract Submission is now Closed.

The Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (FCACS) Surgical Education Committee invites the submission of abstracts for the Distinguished Edward M. Copeland, MD Resident Paper Competition. Accepted abstracts will be presented at the 2020 FCACS Annual Meeting being held May 1-2, 2020 at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld in Orlando, FL.

Entries will be accepted for the following categories:
1. Basic Science     2. Clinical Science     3. Commission on Cancer (CoC)*

*Entries in the CoC category should be specific to oncology and related to the mission of the CoC. The CoC is a consortium of profession organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

The top 3 scoring papers from each category will be selected for an oral podium presentation at the annual meeting. Entries not selected for a podium presentation, will be considered for a poster hall presentation.


1st, 2nd and 3rd place monetary awards will be provided in the above categories. Additonally, the winner of the CoC category will also be submitted for consideration in the national CoC competition held at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.

The 1st place resident/fellow poster and the 1st place medical student poster will also receive a monetary award.

All awards will be provided onsite at the meeting.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday, January 17, 2020

Finalists Notification
Friday, February 14, 2020

Abstract Lead Author Registration Deadline
Friday, March 27, 2020

Poster Hall and Oral Podium Presentations
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

  • Lead author must be a resident or fellow. Medical students are not eligible for the paper competition but can submit an abstract for consideration for the poster hall.
  • Lead author must be enrolled in a general surgery or surgical specialty residency/fellowship training program in the state of Florida and not set to complete training before May 2020.
  • As a condition of submission, the lead author agrees to register for meeting and present their work at the annual meeting for either a poster hall presentation or podium presentation (if selected for the competition). Additionally, a representative from the lead author’s program MUST be present at the annual meeting to support the resident, fellow, or medical student.
  • One of the abstract authors must be a member of the Florida Chapter American College of Surgeons.
  • All entries should represent original work done by the contestant while training in the state of Florida.
  • Abstracts that have been submitted for the poster hall or oral podium presentation at any other American College of Surgeons (ACS) chapter meeting are NOT eligible for submission/poster hall/oral presentation at the FCACS Annual Meeting.
  • All abstracts must be submitted online via the abstract submission website. Please be sure to read all instructions, information, and policies closely

Before preparing and submitting your abstract, please carefully read the following:

Questions? Contact the Florida Chapter office at abstracts@floridafacs.org or call 904-309-6240.

Publication Date: 
Friday, January 1, 2016 - 4:00pm