SHEA will be accepting abstracts to be presented at SHEA Spring 2017 Conference. Registrants are encouraged to submit focused scientific abstracts related to healthcare epidemiology, surveillance, implementation science and patient safety, and prevention strategies.

Abstract Submission Site is CLOSED

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Poster Presenters

New this year! We are pleased to announce the FedEx Office onsite at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis is offering a 30% Pre-Event Poster Discount on their poster printing service for our poster abstract presenters. In order to receive this discount, please contact the FedEx Office at usa5616@fedex.com. Please note your order must be place three days prior to the start of the conference and prices are subject to change depending on the size of your poster. Additional FedEx Office Poster Printing Information

General Information | Types of Abstract Presentations
Abstract and Author Requirements | Resolution of Personal Conflicts of Interest
Formatting Your Abstract | Help with the Online Submission Form

Please Note:

  • You must be registered for you to present your oral or poster presentation at the Conference.
  • Authors will receive notifications before the early registration cut off  on the status of their abstract.

General Information

  • Abstracts submission deadline was 11:59 p.m. EST on January 12th! SHEA is not responsible for abstracts that are not fully completed and submitted by this deadline date. Please ensure that your submission has been submitted and you have received the confirmation e-mail. 
  • Submissions with “INCOMPLETE” status cannot be processed.
  • Submitters may return to the online system to edit abstracts, revise information, correct typographical errors, tables, graphics, or delete a submission at any time before the submission deadline. After this time, the system will be closed and completed abstracts reviewed by SHEA. An author may not revise or resubmit an abstract in order to make changes or corrections after this deadline; adding or removing authors after the submission deadline is not permitted. The abstract may be withdrawn or, if accepted, the error may be indicated during the presentation. Proofread abstracts carefully to avoid errors before they are submitted. SHEA is not authorized to make changes to a submission.
  • General information subject to change due to circumstances beyond SHEA’s control.


Types of Abstract Presentations

Oral Presentations

  • Authors of abstracts selected for oral presentations will be notified in advance to prepare. Read our guidelines for oral and poster presentations.
  • All accepted oral abstracts presentations will be:
    • Included in the Conference Final Program (including abstract title, content, authors and presentation time).
    • And published online for attendee access (including abstract title, authors, and PDF file of oral presentation).

Poster Presentations

  • Poster Presentations will be scheduled during the lunch sessions.
  • All accepted poster abstracts presentations will be:
    • Included in the Conference Final Program (including abstract title, authors and presentation time).
    • And published online for attendee access (including abstract title, content, authors, and PDF file of poster).
  • Submitted abstracts are selected as poster presentations to give authors an opportunity to acquaint attendees and experts in the field with the fundamentals of their abstracts and research. Presenting authors are required to be present at their poster boards during the entire poster session. Read our guidelines for oral presentations.

Abstract and Author Requirements

  • Obtain approval in advance from all co-authors before placing their names on the abstract. Submission of an abstract denotes that co-authors as well as authors have read the abstract, take responsibility for its content, and approve that their names appear on the abstract. Failure to obtain approval from all authors will result in immediate rejection of the abstract.
  • Include a concise statement of the research under investigation and its objectives. Define all concepts and abbreviations at first use.
  • Describe experimental methods briefly (including relevant numbers of patients and/or microorganisms).
  • Describe specific findings and analysis of data. (Promises such as “to be completed” are not acceptable.)
  • Include specific conclusions, with supporting statistical analyses when appropriate. (Concluding statements such as “the results will be discussed” are not acceptable.)
  • Do not submit multiple abstracts on overlapping facets of the same project unless each abstract has important, novel information and clearly stands on its own. Repetitive abstracts will be rejected.
  • Resolve any issues relating to patent matters before submitting the abstract.
  • Agree to the SHEA embargo and copyright policy.
  • Provide disclosures of potential conflicts of interest and complete an attestation form. List any financial interests, assistance, or relationships with companies, supporters, or commercial products that are related to the research (for example, research support, grants, sponsors, stockholder, etc.). A response to this request must be provided for each author or author group before the abstract can be peer reviewed.

Resolution of Personal Conflicts of Interest

It is the policy of SHEA that all faculty, abstract authors, and staff disclose and resolve any real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. According to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Essentials and Standards, SHEA must provide balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all sponsored educational activities accredited for continuing medical education (CME). The intent of the disclosure is to provide the audience with information on which they can make their own judgments on program content. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America is accredited by ACCME to provide CME for physicians.

Formatting Your Abstract

  • Abstracts should be no more than 1,950 characters; not including title, authors, and spaces. Characters within a table are counted towards the character limit. Figures, title, and authors do not count against the 1,950 character limit. Use simple fonts.
  • Italics, underline, bold, superscript and subscript formatting, Greek characters (both upper and lowercase), scientific characters, charts, tables, and graphs are accepted.
  • Always include the abstract title, authors, affiliations, and text.
  • You may upload a file or copy and paste the text of your abstract from a word processing document or a clipboard directly into the online abstract box.
  • Figures are accepted and they do not count towards character limit. You are limited to three images in one abstract. There isn’t a maximum allowed resolution for figures. The maximum size for an abstract is 5120 KB including images. If you choose to include images, you must upload the abstract in html format; images can be in any file type. Color images are allowed.
  • All fields must contain the requested information or the submission will not be complete.
  • Do not send multiple submissions of the same abstract. Duplicate abstracts will be rejected. Be sure to combine all new information into one abstract.
  • Always keep an original copy of your submitted abstract.
  • Always proofread your abstract. Accepted abstracts will be published exactly as submitted. If English is not your first language, please have a fluent English speaker review your abstract.

Help with the Online Submission Form

The following is required to complete the online submission. Please note, detailed instructions are provided online during the abstract submission process.

Use a concise title that summarizes the content of the abstract. Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles, and species names. Italicize all specific/scientific names of microorganisms as appropriate.

Choose one to three key words in the menu (highest priority first). Additional key words are accepted but should be words in common usage, such as those used in Medline and Index Medicus.

Enter complete author(s) names (example: John S. Doe, MD). Include the name, degree, institution, city, state, and country of all authors and author groups.

List the name of each author’s institution, city, state, and country (do not include department, division, laboratory, etc.). Grant acknowledgments should not appear in abstracts, but should be included in the CME disclosures.

Describe the relevance of the research using background, methods, results, and conclusions. SHEA will not edit or revise the abstracts. Submitters/authors are responsible for the accuracy of the abstract text. We recommend that a colleague review the abstract for accuracy and grammar.

Provide all pertinent contact information to ensure that correspondence is received promptly and accurately. You must specify the “presenting author.” SHEA will correspond with the presenting author using only the contact information that is provided at the time of submission. It is the responsibility of the presenting author to communicate future correspondence to all co-authors. Notifications will be sent to the presenting author only.

Changes/modifications, including author and affiliation changes, are allowed for submitted abstracts until the abstract submission deadline, Changes to submitted abstracts will not be possible after this deadline. Once you submit the abstract, a confirmation message will appear on the screen with an abstract tracking number assigned. Keep records of your abstract tracking number until you receive your abstract disposition letter.