Call for Abstracts

 2017 Annual Quality Congress

Call for Abstracts

Calling all neonatal colleagues to share your improvement stories, outcome data, and research during the Annual Quality Congress. Abstracts will be peer reviewed. Accepted abstracts will be featured in a poster session, poster symposia, and/or podium presentation. Posters will be presented at the Learning Fair on Saturday, October 28, 2017 and select posters will be featured in the Poster Symposia on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, 2017.

The VON Learning Fair reflects the collective work of our community of practice, and is one of the most popular events at our Annual Quality Congress.  In the interest of widely disseminating information to our interdisciplinary audience, we encourage authors to share encore abstracts from other recent scientific and quality conferences as well as abstracts for new quality improvement initiatives.

The deadline for abstract submission was July 17th. The deadline for revised abstracts and attestations was August 25th for NICQ NEXT2 and  September 1st for revisions to all other abstracts.  The State Collaborative deadline was August 21st.

Who Should Submit an Abstract?

  • Individuals or teams engaged in improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and value of newborn care
  • Individuals or teams enrolled in  NICQ NEXT2 and/or iNICQ Choosing Antibiotics Wisely collaboratives
  • State, regional, or international quality improvement groups
  • Fellows and Early Career Neonatologists
  • Parents who are partnering with professionals for improvement
  • Physician team members applying for MOC Part 4 credit

We are particularly interested in abstracts that demonstrate measurable improvement related to our key conference themes:

  • Improving chronic lung disease
  • Improving healthcare disparities
  • Improving neonatal care around the world
  • Improving antibiotic utilization / and or infection outcomes in the NICU
  • Innovative programs or examples of family-centered or family-integrated care
  • Interdisciplinary teams and teamwork
  • Novel models of NICU care and/or environments
  • Improving outcomes and increasing value

Abstract Submission

  • Please refer to the 2017 Abstract Development Guidelines available here.
  • Prior to submitting your abstract, please review the Abstract Pre-Submission Checklist available  here.
  • Physicians seeking MOC Part 4 credits associated with a quality improvement abstract must provide a completed Attestation form when the abstract is being submitted.  For more information visit the Maintenance of Certification Part 4 webpage.

Poster Guidelines

Posters are a visual representation of your improvement story or research abstract, created by your team after your work is accepted. Use these guidelines to create your poster:

  • Use a horizontal/landscape orientation.
  • Dimensions are not to exceed 48 inches wide X 36 inches high.
  • Simplicity and clarity are the keys to an effective poster.
  • Avoid overwhelming viewers with too much information—the casual viewer should be able to identify the main messages after a quick look at the poster.
  • Simple visuals (attractive charts, tables, and graphics) will greatly increase the effectiveness of any poster.
  • Symbols, letters, and numbers should be large enough to be seen from a distance of four feet.

If you wish to integrate video into your poster presentation, there are now a variety of commercially available hangers for iPads and similar devices that can be mounted to your poster. Please bring your own hanger, mount it securely, and be sure your electronic device is fully charged. Do not leave any electronic devices unattended. There is no electricity at the poster stations.