Call for Abstracts

Introducing ASAM's Call for Abstracts

The ASAM 46th Annual Conference - Innovations in Addiction Medicine and Science Call for Abstracts is now CLOSED. 

*** Official Acceptance or Non-Acceptance notifications
will be sent via email Friday, February 13, 2015. ***

Goals & Objectives

ASAM members and non-members are invited to submit abstracts and presentation proposals for poster presentations, focus sessions, workshops, and symposiums (pre-approved).

ASAM encourages young investigators, researchers and physicians from diverse organizations and fields to submit.

Abstracts and presentation proposals should be original, new work with up-to-date data. Presentation proposals could also include original presentation formats and teaching methods.

ASAM welcomes submissions on all aspect of addiction.

The Annual Conference goals and objectives for accepted abstracts and presentation proposals are:

  • To present the best new scientific research available
  • To present the best practices, treatments, tools and modalities in all areas of addiction medicine
  • To bring science into clinical practice
  • For learners to experience concise, interactive, case-based and/or creative teaching methods

Note: ASAM is committed for The ASAM 46th Annual Conference to increase the number of scientific and medical posters. In order to accommodate late-breaking scientific research, ASAM will be re-opening the Call for Abstracts in early January 2015, for poster presentations only.

We encourage more participants to submit abstracts for poster presentations. 

Important Call for Abstracts Deadlines

  • General Online submission Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014 (CLOSED)
  • Online Late-Breaking Scientific Research Poster Presentations Open: Monday, January 5, 2015
  • Online Late-Breaking Scientific Research Poster Presentation Deadline: Friday, January 23, 2015

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, Poster Presentation, Focus Session, Workshop, or Symposium).
  3. Primary Topic Track: Carefully select the primary topic related to your abstract. Refer to suggested topics for reference.
  4. Specific Sub-Topic: Once you determine your primary topic, carefully select the specific sub-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. 

Review Process

All submissions are reviewed by the ASAM Annual Conference Program Planning Committee for quality, scientific value, and interest to conference registrants, in addition to overall appropriateness for inclusion in the program.

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 reviewed by Committee Members, and the average score will be used to rank the priority of the presentation.  

Call for Abstracts Notification of Acceptance and Non-Acceptance 

All notifications, of acceptance or non-acceptance, 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 notification emails not received due to incorrect contact information.

All abstract presenters will be asked to confirm receipt of their notification email and officially accept the invitation to present their abstract.

If you do not receive a notification email by Friday, December 5, 2014, contact the Education Department,, immediately to confirm acceptance or non-acceptance of your submission.

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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