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Call for Abstracts is open August 9 - September 24, 2021

Goals & Objectives

ASAM members and non-members are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations, focus sessions, and workshop sessions. ASAM encourages young investigators, researchers, clinicians, and physicians from diverse organizations and fields to submit. Presentation proposals must include engaging presentation formats and teaching methods.

The ASAM Annual Conference goals and objectives for accepted abstracts 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: One of ASAM's objectives for the Annual Conference is to increase the number of scientific and medical posters. ASAM will reopen the Call for Abstracts from January 3 - 21, 2022, for poster presentations only.

Submit an Abstract
▼ Submission Requirements The following bullet points outline important requirements to consider when submitting your abstract (Please Read Carefully):
  • All accepted submissions will be presented in-person in Hollywood, Florida. Do not submit an abstract if you already know you will not be able to present in-person during the conference dates.
  • The first abstract submission period is for poster presentation, focus session, and workshop session submissions. This period will be open from August 9, 2021 through September 24, 2021.
  • The second abstract submission period is only for poster presentations. It will be open from January 3, 2022 through January 21, 2022.
  • Abstracts must be original, new work, based on the latest evidence and data. Submissions should use evidence-based information with appropriate references. Anecdotal information should be kept to a minimum.
  • Submitters are not permitted to re-submit abstracts that have been previously submitted to ASAM, whether they were accepted or not. Submissions can be similar to past submissions but MUST be significantly updated to include new data, new teaching methods, or new content.
  • Abstracts must be submitted online through the following ASAM abstract submission link: https://www.abstractscorecard.com/cfp/submit/login.asp?EventKey=CCTKMGQF. Abstracts submitted via email, fax, or mail will not be considered.
  • Abstracts submitted outside of the two submission periods will not be reviewed or considered. All submission sections must be complete in order to be considered.
  • Submitters, presenters, and authors must complete disclosure of commercial interest forms prior to completing their submissions. Submitters can have commercial disclosures BUT submissions must be free of commercial bias. Having a commercial interest will NOT disqualify a submission.
  • Submissions cannot be used to advertise or advocate for a specific commercial interest.
  • There is a limit of up to 3 abstract submissions by one submitter.
  • Submissions are limited to a total of 8 authors. Submissions must have at least 1 but no more than 4 presenting authors. Submissions may have up to 7 non-presenting authors as long as the total number of authors does not exceed 8.
  • The sections of a complete submission are:
    • Presenter/Author Information
    • Presenter/Author Disclosure of Commercial Interest
    • Presenter Requirements
    • Abstract & Details
    • Learning Objectives
  • Poster Submission "Abstract & Details" section includes multiple parts:
    • Title – 12 words max.
    • Topic
    • Consideration for Awards
    • Abstract – This should be structured clearly and include sections such as: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions, etc. Prospective poster submitters can view the accepted 2021 poster submissions here. 250-500 words. 
    • References – 3-5 scholarly or scientific publications that were used to create the abstract. 50-350 words.
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – This should describe how your program/study took diversity, health equity, and addressing health disparities into consideration.50-200 words. 
  • Session Submission "Abstract & Details" section includes multiple parts:
    • Title – 12 words max.
    • Topic
    • Addiction Medicine Competencies – Checkboxes that indicate which addiction medicine competency the submission will address
    • Abstract – 250-500 words
    • Teaching Methods – Checkboxes that indicate the teaching methods the submission will use and a brief description of how the submission will be effective and engaging. Adult Learning Principles Tips50-200 words
    • Educational Purpose – Description of the problem or need that is being addressed in the presentation and how you plan to address it. 50-200 words
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – This should describe how your session will take diversity, health equity, and addressing health disparities into consideration. 50-200 words.  
    • References – 3-5 scholarly or scientific publications that were used to create the abstract. 50-350 words.
  • The entire submission may be completed by one submitter or by multiple submitters.
  • Accepted abstracts will appear in full in several places, including but not limited to: the event website, the Final Program, the ASAM e-Learning Center, and the Journal of Addiction Medicine (posters only). Submitters are responsible for ensuring that there are no conflicts with making the abstract information available, prior to the submission of the abstract.
  • First round submitters of abstracts will be notified of acceptance/non-acceptance in mid-November 2021. Second round submitters of abstracts will be notified of acceptance/non-acceptance of their abstract by the end of February 2022. It is the submitter's responsibility to notify their fellow presenters or authors.
  • Upon acceptance, all presenters and authors will be asked for additional information(eg, presenter photos and bios, poster PDFs, presenter agreements, etc.). Non-presenting authors will also have information they need to submit. Information must be completed by their posted deadlines. There will be one preliminary deadline in mid-January 2022 and a final deadline in mid-February 2022. All presentation slides and poster PDFs will be reviewed by members of the ASAM Annual Conference Program Planning Committee and feedback will be provided. This review MUST be completed before the presentation can be shown to attendees.
  • Presenters of accepted abstracts will receive a discounted registration rate after all presentation materials have been turned in.
  • Additional presenter/author questions should be directed to ASAM Education at: education@ASAM.org
▼ Submission Topics The ASAM Annual Conference Program Planning Committee seeks to provide content on a wide variety of topics to best meet the interests and learning needs of our conference attendees. Abstracts on any topic related to addiction medicine will be considered. The topics listed below are options that submitters can choose from during the submission process:
  • 12-Step/Psychosocial Interventions
  • Adolescent/Young Adult Populations
  • Alcohol
  • Behavioral Addiction
  • Behavioral Therapy/Motivational Interviewing
  • Cannabis/Synthetic Cannabinoids
  • Criminal Justice
  • Elderly Populations
  • Gender/Pregnancy/Neonatal Issues
  • Genetics/Biomarkers
  • Health Equity
  • Legislative/Policy
  • Medical Co-Morbidities
  • Neurobiology/Neuropharmacology
  • Nicotine/Tobacco/e-Cigarettes
  • Opioids/Opiates
  • Other types of drugs (Hallucinogens, Steroids, etc.)
  • Pain Management
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Polysubstance Use
  • Practice Setting Models
  • Prevention/Harm Reduction
  • Provider Education Programs
  • Psychiatric Co-Morbidities
  • Racial Justice
  • Sedatives
  • Stimulants (Cocaine, Prescriptions, etc.)
  • Systems Integration/Payment Models
  • Withdrawal Management
  • Other Not Listed
The ASAM Annual Conference Program Planning Committee has identified priority topics for inclusion in this year’s conference based on attendee feedback, trends in the field, and identified learner needs. Submissions on these topics are strongly encouraged. Click here to see the priority topics for 2022.
▼ Submission Categories

These are the submission categories accepted during the first abstract submission period (August 9 - September 24, 2021). Poster presentation submissions are the only submission type that will be accepted during the second abstract submission period (January 3 - 21, 2022).

  • Focus Sessions: Focus sessions are 60-minute presentations designed to give learners an in-depth understanding of a specific clinical or scientific topic. Focus sessions are typically presented in a structured didactic format but other creative teaching methods are strongly encouraged.
  • Workshop Sessions: Workshop sessions are 60-minute interactive and experiential sessions designed to give learners an in-depth understanding of a specific clinical or scientific topic. Workshop sessions must use a variety of interactive teaching formats such as small group discussion, case-examples, demonstrations, worksheets, and other skill-building exercises.
  • Poster Presentations: Poster presentations offer an opportunity to share research interests and ideas. Presenters are required to prepare physical and electronic posters, set them up and present them on EITHER Friday, April 1, 2022 OR Saturday, April 2, 2022. Prospective poster submitters can view the 2021 accepted submissions here
▼ Abstract Writing Resources

The ASAM Annual Conference Program Planning Committee recommends the following abstract writing resources for those unsure of how to begin their abstract:

▼ Abstract AwardsThe ASAM Annual Conference Program Planning Committee will recognize the primary authors of high scoring and exceptional posters abstracts with the following six awards:

  • ASAM Abstract Submission Award: Best Overall
    This award is presented to the primary author of the highest scoring submitted abstract.
  • ASAM Abstract Submission Award: Representation in Research
    This award is presented to a poster's primary author who is from racial and/or ethnic underrepresented minority backgrounds (ie, American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Non-Caucasian Hispanic or Latinx). A primary author who fits this category should indicate so on the abstract form.
  • ASAM Abstract Submission Award: Resident
    This award is presented to a poster’s primary author who is currently enrolled in a medical residency program. A primary author who fits this category should indicate so on the abstract form.
  • ASAM Abstract Submission Award: Fellow-in-Training
    This award is presented to a poster’s primary author who is currently enrolled in a medical fellowship program. A primary author who fits this category should indicate so on the abstract form.
  • ASAM Abstract Submission Award: Associated Professionals
    This award is presented to a poster's primary author who is one of the following types of professional: Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN), Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry (Psych-CNS), Clinical Psychologists (PhD or PsyD), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Nursing Science (DNP or equivalent), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Physician Assistant (PA), Registered Nurse (RN), Social Workers, or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). A primary author who fits this category should indicate so on the abstract form.
  • ASAM Abstract Submission Award: Underserved Population
    This award is presented to the primary author of the highest scoring submitted abstract that addresses research on an underserved population (characterized by race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexual orientation). 
These awards will be made on the basis of new ideas or findings of importance to the field of addiction medicine, their methodology, and clarity of presentation, as judged by the Committee. The ASAM Annual Conference Program Planning Committee will select "Honorable Mentions" in categories where there are multiple exceptional submissions. Award winners will be notified by the end of February 2022.

▼ Reviewers & Review ProcessAll submissions are reviewed for quality, scientific value, interest to conference registrants, and overall appropriateness for inclusion in the program. Abstracts will be evaluated based on the submission criteria using a scale ranging from 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest). Abstracts will be reviewed by multiple reviewers and the average score will be used to rank the priority of the presentation.

Reviewers will also review the financial disclosures of the abstract authors in cases where there is a concern. Having a financial disclosure will NOT preclude an abstract's acceptance.

The Program Planning Committee are the primary abstract reviewers. However, ASAM would also like to encourage fellows-in-training to volunteer to participate as abstract reviewers. Additional abstract reviewers must be current fellows-in-training at an ACGME Accredited Fellowship Program.The Call for Abstract Reviewers was open from August 9, 2021 - September 10, 2021. Those that applied will be notified by September 27, 2021.

▼ Notification Letters

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. Notification letters for abstract submissions received during the first Call for Abstracts period will be sent out in mid-November 2021. Notifcation letters for abstract submissions received duing the second Call for Abstracts period will be sent out in mid-February 2022. If you do not receive a notification email, contact the Education Department at: education@ASAM.org, 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 in-person 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: education@ASAM.org.

If no other individual is available to present the accepted abstract and cancellation becomes unavoidable, please contact us immediately at the aforementioned email address so we can remove your presentation from the conference program.