Abstract Submissions

2019 AAPOS 45th Annual Meeting with ISA

AAPOS 45th Annual Meeting

March 27–31, 2019 | San Diego, CA

Abstract Submissions

Important Dates

  • Electronic Abstract Submission Opens: August 17, 2018
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: September 28, 2018 (8pm EDT)
  • Deadline for current fellows to submit final abstract directly to Maria Schweers: November 2, 2018 (see below for more information)
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: Early December 2018

Abstract submission is now closed.

Deadline for Fellows

The AAPOS Program Committee is aware of the difficulties encountered by fellows when submitting an abstract for the annual AAPOS meeting. The fact that fellows begin in July, coupled with the increasing regulatory processes imposed by IRBs, can make it difficult for a new fellow to submit a completed and detailed abstract by mid to late September or early October. The reason this date is chosen is that the Committee reviews and grades abstracts prior to the annual AAO meeting where final decisions are made during a face-to-face meeting of the Program Committee. CME application is then generally completed by early December as we want to ensure that all abstracts get full CME credit for our members.

The Program Committee will assist fellows in this regard by offering two possible routes for abstract submission:

  1. The conventional route as currently stands. For the 2019 meeting, the fellow would submit his/her completed abstract by the regular deadline of September 28, 2018. Fellows are encouraged to use this mechanism whenever possible.

  2. Delayed deadline of November 2, 2018. To accommodate this route:
    • The Program Chair will save a pre-selected number of paper and poster positions for potential fellow presentations.
    • The fellow is still required to submit an abstract with at least the title and purpose by the September 28, 2018 deadline with completed financial disclosures forms for each author. He/she would then click a box on the electronic submission form stating that this is a fellow presentation and that the final version will be submitted to Maria Schweers by the November 2, 2018 deadline.
    • A statement from the fellowship director verifying that he/she is a current fellow and that appropriate IRB submissions and data collection and analysis are underway will be required.
    • Although this route of submission carries an obvious advantage to the fellow in having more time to submit a completed abstract, it is possible, depending on the number and quality of standard versus late submissions, that a later submission may result in a lower chance of the abstract being accepted.

Fellowship Research Award


To be awarded annually if a suitable candidate is identified. Winner to receive a cash award of $750. Additionally:

  • Annual Meeting registration fees are waived.
  • Recipient can only win the award once.
  • Applicant must be current fellow, or within one year following completion of fellowship.
  • Applicants must be from an approved fellowship position.
  • Applicants can apply by checking the abstract form at the time of submission.
  • Research committee to select top candidates for review, final selection, and winner announcement at the annual meeting.