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Annual Conference Submission Options

New for 2017! Nursing/Allied Health participants now have the following options:

  • Abstracts
  • Case Studies
  • White Papers (Non-CE)

Criteria for ALL Submissions

  • Each author of an abstract submitted to ASLMS must have made a significant contribution to the research and must assume responsibility for the content of the abstract.
  • The number of abstracts submitted by an individual and/or institution will be taken into consideration. In order to provide diversity of input, we discourage any one author making more than two presentations in a session. The other submissions could be submitted for the ePoster session.
  • The purpose of our conference is to disseminate accurate, balanced and objective information regarding lasers, other optical sources and related technologies in medicine and surgery. This purpose is best served by including presentations that are varied in terms of topics and presenters. 
  • ASLMS recognizes plagiarism, including self-plagiarism as a serious problem. All abstracts submitted to the Annual Conference and all manuscripts submitted to Lasers in Surgery and Medicine will be submitted to evaluation by iThenticate (or similar) software in an effort to verify the originality of the works. The software package is used to verify content has not been plagiarized and cross references published matter against the submission. 
  • Full disclosure of Conflict of Interest (COI) is expected and required of ALL authors and co-authors.

Abstract Criteria

  • Abstracts must not have been published or presented previously (clinical series updates are an exception to this stipulation).
  • Submissions must be of high quality and be presented with no bias toward a specific company(ies).
  • ALL scientific research referred to, reported on, or used in the abstract must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
  • Selection of abstracts for presentation will be limited to those abstracts that report already collected data. Abstracts must contain tangible factual information and should accurately reflect work that has actually been performed. Statements such as "results will be discussed' are unacceptable.
  • The number of patients in the study will be taken into consideration. Scientific, well-designed studies are given preference over anecdotal findings or single experiment or case. With rare exception, abstracts that present a single or a small number of cases should not be accepted for paper presentation, but may be appropriate for ePoster consideration.
  • Recommendations in the abstract involving clinical medicine must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.
  • The abstract must not present recommendations, treatment, or manners of practicing medicine that are not within the definitions as noted above, are known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits, or are known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients.
  • Abstracts should feature category-specific data with the expectation of full disclosure regarding methods and materials.

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Case Study Criteria

  • A Case Study is a brief report document providing study of a particular patient problem and demonstrating application of broad field research and knowledge to diagnose and determine treatment protocols with discussion of results and outcomes.
  • Submissions must be of high quality and be presented with no bias toward a specific company(ies).
    • Introduction: Provide a list of patient demographics and pertinent health history indicators. Also describe the condition or problem being treated.
    • Analysis: Give the data presented, note justification for diagnosis and treatment plan.
    • Discussion: Summarize the treatment plan and process.
    • Conclusion: Summarize the results, physician feedback and patient feedback.

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White Paper Criteria

NOTE: White papers, being more device-specific in focus, will be reserved for presentation within a separate, NON-CE segment of Nursing/Allied Health programming.

  • A White Paper is typically a narrative study with focus on a technical product or service.
  • ASLMS requests an abbreviated summary of no more than 2-3 pages for review efficiency.
  • The white paper should include an introduction and summary. The body should present problem, methods, solution, side effects, alternatives, new approaches or new solutions, benefits and summary. It may also describe the technical features and benefits of a product or service with the above detail.
    • Educational, practical, useful, and based on facts (NOT a sales pitch and NOT just opinion)
    • Material presented must have been the actual clinical work of the author.
    • Minimum number of subjects 1-20 or more.

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