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Call for Abstracts

to be presented at the

American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
46th Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium
March 4 - 7, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois

Abstract Submission Deadline:   July 31, 2019 (CLOSED)
General Poster Deadline:   September 30, 2019
Student Poster Deadline:   December 2, 2019

Types of Presentations

01.  Free Papers

Authors of accepted abstracts are invited to present their submission in the form of a Free Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting.  Free Papers may offer solutions to common problems, discuss patient and practice management techniques and innovative uses of technology, or present current research findings. The content and/or presentation of the information will promote quality or improvements in orthotic or prosthetic care. Free Paper presentations are 12 minutes in length and are organized and presented along with other similar presentations based on subject area.  All accepted abstracts will also be published in the 2020 Academy Annual Meeting Journal of Proceedings.

All abstract submissions are blind peer-reviewed by the Academy Annual Meeting Clinical Content Committee, which reserves the right to accept or reject abstracts.

Thranhardt Lectures

The Thranhardt Lecture Series is part of an education fund that was established in memory of Howard R. Thranhardt, CP, by the Southeast Hanger Companies. The Clinical Content Committee identifies, reviews, and selects the Thranhardt Lecture abstracts. The selected authors are expected to present on the clinical, research, statistical analyses, results, and conclusions of their abstracts. Those selected present their papers at a designated time at the Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium.  Each presentation is 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A with the audience. A $500 honorarium will be awarded to each Thranhardt presentation. The abstracts identified as the Thranhardt Lectures will be sent to the JPO Editorial Review Board for potential inclusion in a future issue of the JPO and become a course on the Academy's Paul E. Leimkuehler Online Learning Center.

The Clinical Content Committee will review ALL abstracts as potential Thranhardt Lectures, unless the author designates that they do not want their paper considered. The committee will select the 2020 Howard R. Thranhardt Lectures and Free Paper presentations and will notify the authors of their selection.

02.  Posters

Poster Presentations provide an additional forum for sharing information. Submissions should offer solutions to common problems, patient/practice management techniques, innovative uses of technology, current research findings, and more. Click here for Poster Instructions.

Abstract Content

The purpose of the abstract is to define the precise content of the presentation to the audience. Abstracts must adopt the introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and conclusion (IMRAD) format.

  • The results of the study must be included in the abstract. You may not state that the results will be presented or discussed.
  • Include references using the Harvard style of author name and year in the text of the abstract (Author, 1999). Do not use numbered references or footnotes.
  • If submitting an abstract to provide an overview of a clinically relevant subject, such as a case study, new technique or literature review, outline the learning objectives and report on the methods used to compile the information or develop a given technique, and all major conclusions.
  • Method - If appropriate, use the standard presentation adopted in scientific papers. Subjects: sample size, demographics, medical conditions, as appropriate. Research tools: gait analysis, surveys, questionnaires; other instruments. Procedures: what was done by whom to whom. Data Analysis: processing of data; statistical design; statistical tests.
  • Summarize your results. Include graphs or tables as appropriate. Ensure that these fit within the column width. Alternately, place them at the bottom of the page in a single column format. Use black and white graphics. Do not use color or shaded backgrounds.
  • Discuss your results. Relate your results to those of other authors. State the primary conclusion and clinical implications, if any, of your work. Indicate any future directions you may be pursuing.
  • In an effort to maintain the clinical relevance of the conference, every abstract must include a brief indication of its clinical applications.
  • The promotion of a specific proprietary business or commercial interest is strictly prohibited.
  • View a properly executed Sample Abstract.
  • All abstracts must be original work, attributable to the author.
  • It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure accuracy of content, spelling and presentation.
  • This abstract, if accepted, will be published exactly as submitted in the 2020 Academy Annual Meeting Journal of Proceedings.

Abstract Submission

The Abstract Form must be submitted with your online application.

01. The Abstract Form

  • Your abstract is to be typed in the space provided on the Abstract Form by replacing the existing text using a minimum of 10-point font.
  • Figures are acceptable and must be included within the Abstract Form in the spaces provided.
  • Upload your completed Abstract Form as part of your Abstract Application.

02. Abstract Application

  • The lead author's full name with credentials, contact information, and biographical sketch are required. This information enables the committee to contact the lead author if any clarification is needed.
  • A two-line description of the presentation must be provided. This description will be included in the Preliminary Program if your paper is accepted.
  • Include the full names and credentials of additional presenters when applicable.


  • The initial step of the online application requests contact and biographical information for the author and other important details about the abstract.
  • Next steps of the online application request required Abstract Information.
  • The Abstract Form must be uploaded to fully complete your abstract submission.
  • To decline the consideration of an abstract as a Thranhardt Lecture, please email [email protected].
  • You will receive a confirmation within 48 hours. It is your responsibility to confirm receipt of your abstract if you do not receive confirmation from the Academy.

Please complete the application and abstract form in its entirety.  Should you need to make changes after submission, you are able to do so up until the deadline.  You will receive instructions how to do this once you’ve added your email, below.



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