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Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) Annual Meeting 2018
Orlando, Florida
October 17-20, 2018

Note: Closed to new submissions.

The maximum number of characters (including Title, Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusion and Authors) per abstract is 2400 characters (excluding any images). If you have included an image in your submission, 800 characters will be removed from the total number of characters available. Deadline has been extended to January 26. 

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  • Paper and Posters presented at a previous OTA meeting or previously published are not eligible for submission.
  • The OTA program committee will determine the most effective presentation method, either paper or poster. Abstracts may also be chosen for paper or poster presentation at the Basic Science Focus Forum or International Orthopaedic Trauma Care Forum.
  • It is the responsibility of the submitting author to communicate all presentation information to the presenting author.
  • There is no numerical limit on the number of abstracts an author may submit.  However, an author may present only one paper per session; various co-authors must present any additional accepted abstracts.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Faculty participation is limited to 3 Annual Meeting breakout sessions per person. This does not include pre-meeting events. 
  • OTA reserves the right to withdraw a presentation at any time.
  • Financial disclosures are mandatory for each author listed on abstracts. No abstract (whether podium or poster) may be presented without financial disclosure of ALL authors, whether or not they attend the meeting. Disclosures can be submitted during the submission of abstract or, upon acceptance.

BASIC SCIENCE ABSTRACTS:  Authors are frequently unsure if their study should be submitted in the basic science or the clinical section.  If the study involves no living human it most likely should be submitted under "Basic Science". This includes biomechanical studies on cadaveric bones or surrogates, studies involving animals, anatomic cadaveric studies, as well as other traditional basic science topics.  Meta-analyses, economic studies, and traditional clinical studies should continue to be submitted in the clinical sections. The program committee reserves the rights to move the submission to the section deemed most appropriate.

LARGE DATABASE STUDIES: There has been a recent increase in submissions of so-called "large database" research. The program committee suggests that authors consider recent recommendations for high-quality studies in the domain [1]. Two particularly relevant suggestions from the editorial include: "[Studies Should] correlate less-common adverse events with modifiable and previously unidentified risk factors, identify adjustable provider - or hospital-level variables associated with readmissions or complication, and compare resource utilization for common interventions across diverse geographic regions or practice settings. [Additionally, studies should] either presented genuinely counterintuitive descriptive finding or provide a specific suggestion to improve clinical care, practice management or public policy. "Large database studies that do not follow these guidelines are unlikely to be accepted.

1. Editorial: large database studies - what they can do, what they cannot do, and which ones we will publish, Grauer JN, Leopold SS, Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 May; 473(5):1537-9.
  • Text must be blinded (no references to author, institutions or country within the body or title of the abstract. Non-blind abstracts will not be considered.)
  • Abstract character count cannot exceed 2400 characters excluding spaces. Title, Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusion, and Authors all count toward the 2400 characters. Adding an image will reduce the character count by 800 characters. 
  • One image upload (5mb max., jpeg file) may be uploaded to augment your abstract text.
  • Abstracts must contain Purpose(hypothesis), Method, Result, and Conclusion.
  • Define any abbreviations the first time they are used.
  • It is required that all terminology, description, and clarification of fractures and injuries be according to the OTA/AO Fracture and Dislocation Compendium. The Fracture Compendium is published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma; Vol 32, Supplement 1, January 2018:  Fracture Compendium.  

January 26, 2018 - 11:59 PM CST Submission Close Date
Mid May 2018 Submitters notified regarding acceptance
June 1, 2018 Registration Opens
Note: Closed to new submissions.


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