Any surgical investigator in training, including fellows, residents and medical students. Abstracts will be selected for presentation at the 2017 Department of Surgery Research Day, to be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The research may be clinical, epidemiological, health services and quality improvement, or basic and translational science and may cover any area of surgical research. Individuals may submit more than one abstract, but each author may only have one oral presentation. Awards will be given for top three (3) oral and top three (3) poster presentations. 


A 250 word abstract that presents a concise summary of research completed or in progress. This research may have been presented previously at a local or national meeting, but it may not have been previously published or in press. The title must be brief and informative. The body of abstract must include Introduction, Methods, Results and Conclusions as separate paragraphs. A one-page table may be submitted, which does not count toward the 250 maximum word count. No figures are to be included.


Submission of abstracts is by email only.  Please note that the name of the person submitting the abstract, the PI supporting the work, as well as the Departmental laboratory they are from, must be noted on the abstract.  Please attach the abstract as a word document and send it to


Deadline for abstract submission is 5 pm on Monday, April 10, 2017.  Decisions regarding accepted oral and poster presentations will be circulated by mid-April.


Please refer questions to Gail Shoemaker at 412-647-1749 or

 Abstract preparation suggestions

Title  Provide clear and accurate information for finding, indexing, and scanning

Abstract  Summarize all key information

Introduction Why did you start?

Background knowledge

Describe the nature and severity of the specific problem

Describe the specific aim

What is the hypothesis?

Methods What did you do?

Ethical issues (IRB, etc.)

Describe the intervention and its component parts in sufficient detail that others could reproduce it (describe instruments and procedures)

Clinical: Identify study design (observational, experimental, qualitative, quantitative)

Provide details of qualitative and quantitative (statistical) methods used to draw inferences from the data

Statistical analysis and significance is emphasized.

Results What did you find?

Describe the most important points learned from the data

Clinical: Present data on changes observed in measures of patient outcome (for example, morbidity, mortality, function, patient/staff satisfaction, service utilization, cost, care disparities)

Clinical: Consider benefits, harms, unexpected results, problems, failures

Conclusion/Discussion What do the findings mean?

Highlight the work’s particular strengths