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2019 Section on Tobacco Control (SOTCo) Abstracts Program


  • Abstracts submitted should focus on any aspect of tobacco and child health, including but not limited to, effects of maternal smoking during pregnancy, secondhand smoke exposure and child health, teenage initiation and smoking, media and smoking, emerging tobacco products, intervening with parental smokers during the pediatric office visit, tobacco dependency treatment, quality improvement projects, and tobacco control policy.
  • Abstracts will be accepted for poster presentations only. The top abstracts chosen by the Abstract Review Committee may be given the opportunity to discuss their abstracts in a brief oral presentation.
  • The SOTCo aims to include trainees and early career physicians in tobacco control efforts hence trainees and early career physicians are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts.
  • SOTCo is accepting ongoing/completed projects, programs, original research, and QI projects (for MOC Part 4 credit.
  • Two types of abstracts are encouraged:
    1. Program abstracts describing ongoing or completed projects focusing any aspect of tobacco control
    2. Research abstracts presenting original research findings.
  • Special consideration will be given to abstracts submitted and presented by physicians in training at any level.
  • Submission of an abstract will not preclude future submission for journal publication, nor does prior publication nor prior presentation or acceptance at another medical or scientific meeting disqualify submission to this section. Complete the fields regarding previous submission even though this will not exclude the paper from consideration. Priority may be given to papers not previously published or presented.
  • Note that abstract authors who attend the National Conference & Exhibition must register and pay for the meeting (as well as any additional travel and housing expenses). The Section does not have funds to cover these costs for authors of abstracts.
  • Presenters of accepted abstracts should notify Rachel Boykan (at Rachel.Boykan@stonybrookmedicine.edu) as soon as possible if they must cancel their presentation.

  • This year, we will be accepting abstracts describing quality improvement projects. These abstracts may be eligible for free MOC Part 4 credit through the AAP’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Portfolio. Additional details are available here.

    Quality Improvement Project Abstract Submission and MOC Part 4 Eligibility
    • Please describe the following in your abstract submission. These items MUST be included on the poster in order to be eligible for MOC credit.
    • The specific aim of the quality improvement project that describes the target population, desired numerical improvement, and timeframe for achieving the improvement.
    • The process for improvement (e.g. QI methodology utilized, how the intervention was implemented, how tests of change were used to modify interventions, who was involved, etc.)
    • Graphical display of data: a minimum of baseline and 2 follow-up measurements.
    • A discussion of the degree to which the aim was achieved.
    • Factors that affected success
    • Next steps for the QI project

    • To submit an abstract describing a QI project select the QI project submission type.
      Authors of accepted abstracts will be contacted by AAP Division of Quality/MOC Portfolio staff with further information about MOC eligibility.
      Note: authors can still submit a QI project abstract even if not interested in MOC credit. Abstracts may still be accepted into the program even if they do not follow the MOC guidelines. These, however, will not be eligible for MOC credit.
      Poster/oral presentations describing projects already approved for MOC Part 4 credit are not eligible for additional credit.

      If you created an account in a different program, you may use the same username and password. If this is your first time submitting, please create a new account.



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