Call for Abstracts

Introducing ASAM's Call for Abstracts

ASAM's 2014 Annual Conference Call for Abstracts is now officially open. Please use the above button to submit your abstract.

Goals & Objectives

Members and non-members are invited to submit abstracts for course sessions, workshop sessions, component sessions, paper sessions and/or poster sessions. ASAM encourages young investigators, researchers and physicians from diverse organizations and populations to submit abstracts. Abstracts should be original, new work with up-to-date data. ASAM welcomes submissions on all aspect of addiction.

A list of suggested topics based on needs assessments of past registrants and members and non-members are provided. All submissions are reviewed by the ASAM Medical-Scientific Program Committee for quality and interest to conference registrants, in addition to overall appropriateness for inclusion in the program.

The person submitting online abstracts as an individual or for a group of presenters will be considered the “Organizer” and primary contact person for the respective abstract and/or presentation. The roles and responsibilities of the organizer are as follows:

  • Confirm participation of all presenters listed in your proposal.
  • Provide all presenters in your session with important information regarding participation.
  • Provide ASAM complete contact details (Full Mailing, Email and Credentials) for all member and nonmember presenters
  • Notify ASAM immediately if there are changes to the presenter roster and provide the appropriate information.

The Med-Sci Conference goals and objectives for accepted abstracts are:

  1. To present the best new scientific research available
  2. To present the best practices, treatments, tools and modalities in all areas of addiction medicine
  3. To bring science into practice
  4. For learners to be presented with concise, interactive, case-based and/or creative teaching methods.

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.

Important Call for Abstracts Deadlines

  • Online submissions Start Date: Friday, August 16, 2013
  • Online submission Deadline: OFFICIALLY CLOSED

Writing an Abstract Submission

  1. Abstract Title: Submit the title exactly as you would like it to appear in the program (maximum 12 words). Make the title dynamic and conclusive, rather than descriptive.
  2. Category: Carefully choose the correct category for the submission of your work (ie, Course, Component, Workshop, Paper Session, or Poster Session).
  3. Primary Topic Track: Carefully select the primary topic related to your abstract. Refer to suggested topics for reference.
  4. Specific Topic: Once you determine your primary topic, carefully select the specific topic that best relates to your abstract. Refer to suggested topics for reference.
  5. Structure: A well written abstract should have the following identified sections: Introduction/Session Description, Methods, Results and Conclusions.
  6. Proofread: Avoid using incomplete sentences, redundant phrases, obvious misspellings, and other symptoms of a hurriedly-written abstract. Remember, a judge must be able to understand your hypothesis in order to accept.
  7. Authors/Presenters: Take the time to cross check contributing co-authors/presenters professional information, including place of work, title, credentials and full contact information. Remember, ASAM will be publishing accepted abstracts and we want your information correct from the start.
  8. Length: Abstract text should be approximately 250 to 500 words.  There is a 500 word limit. 

Call for Abstracts Notification of Acceptance and Non-Acceptance

All notifications will be sent by email. It is the submitter’s responsibility to ensure his/her email address is correct and current. ASAM is not responsible for confirmations not received due to incorrect contact information. An email confirmation will be sent upon successful submission of an abstract.

All abstract presenters will be asked to confirm receipt of their confirmation email and officially accept the invitation to present their abstract. If you do not receive a confirmation email, contact the Education Department,, immediately to confirm acceptance or non-acceptance of your submission.

Call for Abstracts Evaluation Criteria

Abstracts will be evaluated based on the submission criteria using a scale ranging from (5) Highest, (4) High, (3) Neutral, (2) Low, (1) Lowest, and (0) Rejected. Abstracts will be blind reviewed by 2013 Med-Sci Conference Program Planning Committee Members, and the average score will be used to rank the priority of the presentation.

Abstract Cancellation Policy

Please do not submit an abstract if you are not confident that you will be able to attend the conference and make the presentation. Cancellations impose a serious burden on the development of the conference program and may negatively impact the overall quality of the program.

If your presentation has been accepted but extenuating circumstances prevent your attendance, we ask that you attempt to find another individual to make the presentation and notify us of this change as soon as possible at

If cancellation becomes absolutely unavoidable, please contact us immediately at the aforementioned email address so we can remove your presentation from the conference program.

Questions?  Contact ASAM’s Education Department

American Society of Addiction Medicine
4601 North Park Avenue
Upper Arcade, Suite 101
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-4520
Education Department
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