Submission Categories

Course Sessions:

Courses are typically presented in a lecture format and are structured, formal presentations that review basic concepts or offer new material in special areas. Suggestions include diagnostic approaches and specialized treatment areas, or translating research findings into practical clinical terms.  Creative teaching methods are also encouraged and presenters should be sure to include time for questions.

Courses are concentrated presentations of clinical material that are expected to complement the more scientifically oriented symposia. They are offered concurrently with these symposia. Course faculty will share their knowledge and practical experience with participants.

Length – All Courses are two hours in length.

Process – Course abstracts are submitted and selected through the online abstract process.

Room Setup – The Audio Visual (AV) set-up for each room will include the following: (1) LCD Projector with Screen, (1) Laptop [PC], (1) Podium Mic and (2) Headtable Table Mics. The room will be set theater style.

Workshop Sessions:

Workshops offer an interactive format that deal with topics and issues best handled informally in give-and-take sessions of small groups. Workshops offer participants an opportunity for hands-on experience, utilizing cases and viewing of demonstrations, with an emphasis on audience participation in discussions, skill-building exercise, etc.  Workshops should include the development of special skills, particular diagnostic or treatment problems, or other issues requiring the active exchange of ideas.

Length – All Workshops are two hours in length.

Process – Workshop abstracts are submitted and selected through the online abstract process.

Room Setup – The Audio Visual (AV) set-up for each room will include the following: (1) LCD Projector with Screen, (1) Laptop [PC], (1) Podium Mic and (2) Headtable Table Mics. To promote an interactive atmosphere for both audience and presenters, most workshop session rooms will be set in rounds/banquet style.

Component Sessions:

Component sessions are open meetings in which only members of ASAM Councils, Committees or Action Groups may submit an abstract to report on their activities and their concerns and obtain feedback from the ASAM membership.

Length – All Components are two hours in length and will be held on Thursday evening of the conference.

Process – Components abstracts are submitted and selected through the online abstract process.

Room Setup – The Audio Visual (AV) set-up for each room will include the following: (1) LCD Projector with Screen, (1) Laptop [PC], (1) Podium Mic and (2) Headtable Table Mics. The room will be set theater style.

Paper and Poster Presentations:

Paper Presentations offer an opportunity to briefly present research findings or data on clinical experiences.  ASAM encourages everyone and especially young investigators to submit abstracts for papers.

Length – All Paper Presentations are 15 minutes in length and have a five minute question and answer period.

Process – Paper Presentation abstracts are submitted and selected through the online abstract process.

Room Setup – The Audio Visual (AV) set-up for each room will include the following: (1) LCD Projector with Screen, (1) Laptop [PC], (1) Podium Mic and (2) Headtable Table Mics. The room will be set theater style.

Note:  One of ASAM’s objectives for the 2014 Med-Sci Conference is to increase the number of scientific and research papers. We encourage more participants to submit paper sessions.

In addition to presenting your paper presentation on-site at the conference, accepted paper presentations will be displayed in ASAM’s e-Live Learning Center and on the website of Journal of Addiction Medicine. 

Paper presenters whose abstracts are accepted may also choose to share their abstract in a poster format in addition to the oral paper presentation. This is optional. However, if accepted paper presenters choose to do a poster, they must follow the poster guidelines to display a poster. More details will be sent to people with accepted abstracts in November.

Poster Presentations offer an opportunity to share research interests and ideas. Presenters are required to prepare posters, set them up and attend their poster during a designated period time from.  ASAM encourages everyone and especially young investigators to submit abstracts for papers.

Length/Size – All Poster Presentations are set up and viewed during the entire conference. The size should not exceed 3 feet 10.5 inches high 7 feet 10.5 inches wide.

Process – Poster Presentation abstracts are submitted and selected through online abstract process.  Posters are open during the conference.  Poster people should also plan to sit by their poster on Friday, April 11th from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  During this time attendees are encouraged to view the posters.  More details will be sent to people with accepted abstracts in November.

Room Setup – The Audio Visual (AV) set-up for each room will include the following: (1) LCD Projector with Screen, (1) Laptop [PC], (1) Podium Mic and (2) Headtable Table Mics. The room will be set theater style.

Note:  In addition to displaying your poster presentation on-site at the conference, accepted poster presentations will be displayed on the website of Journal of Addiction Medicine.  More details will be sent upon acceptance.                                                             

Symposia Sessions

Symposia presentations are special sessions developed by experts in the field of addiction medicine and the Scientific-Medical Program Committee, including specialized presentations presented by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).  The topics and presenters are selected by Program Planning Committee’s review of needs assessments for topics and selecting the presenters.

Length – All Symposia are two hours in length.

Process - Symposia are not selected through the online abstract process.  However, the organizer for each of the symposia will submit goals, objectives and all course information through the online abstract system.

Room Setup – The Audio Visual (AV) set-up for each room will include the following: (1) LCD Projector with Screen, (1) Laptop [PC], (1) Podium Mic and (2) Headtable Table Mics. The room will be set theater style.

Note: Assigned Symposium Organizers must submit their abstract information to the Call for Abstract System.


Questions? Contact ASAM’s Education Department

American Society of Addiction Medicine
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Education Department
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