Monday, March 2, 2015

A rewarding experience: Presenting an abstract on neurodiagnostics at the ASET 2015 Annual Conference!

I think that many people are not aware of the benefits of presenting an abstract at the ASET annual conference, and are not sure of how to go about submitting an abstract application.  I am actively seeking abstracts for presentation at the ASET 2015 annual conference in Weston, Florida (suburb of Fort Lauderdale).  Abstracts will be presented on July 30 & July 31.  The deadline for abstract submission is March 15 and you can access the abstract application here: ASET Abstract form and information.
You may download and print an abstract form to fill out, or simply use our on-line abstract application option directly from our website.

We need both platform and poster abstract presentations for our 2015 annual conference program.  So, what is in it for you?
1   *    Free meeting registration for the day on which you present your abstract.  This represents a significant savings on meeting expenses!
2   *    The opportunity to share knowledge that you have with other neurodiagnostic practitioners in a friendly and supportive environment, and to gain confidence in giving a presentation!  Since the podium abstracts slots are 30 minutes long, including time for questions, this is an ideal way to start speaking in public for ASET.  And if you prefer, you can opt to do a poster presentation, that does not require speaking from the podium.  You simply create a visual illustration with appropriate text content to demonstrate your point.
3   *   The opportunity to be a published author!  All abstracts that are presented are published in the December issue of “The Neurodiagnostic Journal”, and subsequently are listed in the PubMed database.

A Poster Abstract Presenter:

FAQs about abstract presentations:

Q: What kind of topics can I present as an abstract? 
A: Almost anything!  We have a history of very diverse subject matter presented as abstracts over the years.  Most people think that this has to be a very scientific research paper.  While that is something we like to include in the abstract program, that is not the only kind of abstract that we accept.  If you are doing a new, cutting edge procedure, you can share that!  If you have a fascinating case history, rare disease case, odd set of artifacts, you can present that!  If you have a successful management technique, you can present that too!  We have had very interesting abstract presentations from technologists who have traveled to third-world countries to volunteer their services!  We have included presentations on veterinary neurodiagnostics!  So, think about what you have done and come up with an abstract for us!
Q: How do I request time or space to present an abstract?
A: There is an abstract application form on the ASET website, please just go to the “meetings” tab + annual conference + abstract and poster presentations + Download 2015 Abstract Application, or print the abstract form, complete it and fax it to me or scan it and e-mail it to me.  In addition to the application form, you must also submit the 100-200 word synopsis of your abstract subject matter.  A Word document is fine.  The abstract you compose will be published in the ASET Journal and printed in the final program for the annual conference.

 Please also note that on our website you can also access tips on how to do prepare a poster or podium abstract presentation.

Q:  When will I find out if my abstract is accepted?
A: I will send out acceptance notices in April.  The ASET Program Committee will review all abstract applications starting on April 1.  Within a month of the deadline I will contact everyone who submitted an abstract.  I will schedule a time for each podium abstract presentation at that time, and will include that in my notice to you.  You do not have to prepare a handout for an abstract, or submit the slides in advance. 
Q:  What happens on the day of the abstract presentation?
A: For poster abstracts, we schedule a time early on Thursday morning of the annual conference for posters presenters to put their posters up in the designated display area of the exhibit hall.  The poster boards are 4 feet high by 6 feet wide and we provide a banner with the poster title and authors.  During poster breaks we request that the authors be present to discuss their topic with attendees.
For platform abstracts, we ask that you bring your PowerPoint file with you on a flash drive and pre-load the file on the ASET laptop in the meeting room prior to your presentation, preferably before the meeting begins, during a break or during lunch  We will introduce you at the beginning of your assigned time slot.  We will let you know when you are within 5 minutes of the end of your time slot, so that you can take questions from the audience.  No handouts are required.