SRE competition 2017

Spring Scientific Research Exhibit Competition

The 121st Annual Spring Scientific Convention has been cancelled

With the safety and health of members and staff in mind, the Michigan Osteopathic Association has cancelled the 121st Annual Spring Scientific Convention that was scheduled for
May 14 - 17, 2020 due to concerns with the coronavirus. As we work through the changes and transition to serve our members in these challenging times, we appreciate your patience as we work through the following decisions:

  • In-person event at the Westin Southfield Detroit- Cancelled
  • CME online speakers- Plans are being made to offer online CME with a date to be determined
  • House of Delegates- Online, with a date to be determined  

 For those who have already registered, you will receive a full refund. No administrative costs will be applied. You will be refunded in the same manner in which you paid for registration.

If you made a reservation at the Westin Southfield Detroit, please call (248) 827-4000 to cancel with the hotel directly. The Westin will allow cancellation without a charge as long as the cancellation is made by April 29, 2020.  

We appreciate the patience our members and partners have had in these difficult times.
Please keep yourself and your family safe. To stay updated on the issues surrounding COVID-19 visit:

Kris Nicholoff
Executive Director
Michigan Osteopathic Association

Your consideration to sponsor the 2020 Autumn Scientific Research Exhibit competition, while encouraging osteopathic interns, residents and practicing physicians to participate in the annual competition is greatly appreciated.
Link: Science Research Exhibit (SRE) Sponsorship (PDF)

What are the Time Commitments?

Poster presenters are assigned a one hour block during which time they will present posters, upon acceptance participants will be notified of estimated time to be present. On average 4 - 5 posters are judged per hour. Judging teams will meet immediately following competition for deliberations and awards announcement. If insufficient number of submissions received for a category, prize money may be reallocated to other categories at the SRE Subcommittee discretion.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by the deadline whether their submission has been accepted for presentation, more details and specific judging times will be shared by May 1. 

Exhibit Information 
Poster exhibits must be set up by 7:30 am day of competition, also display boards will be set up day before if you wish to hang poster(s) early. Judging will take place between designated times, participant or appointed representative must staff exhibit to be considered for an award.

Participants must remove exhibits from the exhibit area by 2 pm. Unless the participant has made other arrangements with MOA, all exhibits remaining will be considered abandoned and will be discarded. MOA accepts no responsibility for posters. 

Certificates will be provided to each presenting first author, awards announced after judges deliberations, all participants are welcome. Prize checks will be mailed to the winners after the convention. 

Presentation Options 
The purpose of the MOA SRE competition is to stimulate research by osteopathic medical students, residents and fellows who are MOA members. MOA medical student (enrolled in a COCA-accredited schools) and resident/fellow members are invited to submit abstracts to be considered for:

  1. POSTER (MOA to provide display board and T pins for hanging poster, poster size 4' x 6') 
    and, if desired,
  2. ORAL Presentations- During MOA Spring Only! Must include a PowerPoint presentation as well as a poster. MOA to provide set up including LCD projector, laptop, audio, mic, screen and podium, AV tech available onsite.

Exhibitors may use photographs; video or digital continuous closed loops, models, 3 dimensional projections, audiotapes, photomicrographs, hand drawings, etc. in the display. Information on the display must conform to legal requirements of protected health information (HIPAA compliant).

Electrical access must be pre-arranged with the MOA.


In order to submit an abstract, first authors must be an MOA member in good standing as an "Educational" member type (e.g., Resident, Fellow or Medical Student). If you are not a MOA member, you can JOIN NOW. There is no cost for Educational member type. MOA encourages practicing physician members to submit posters for exhibition; however, these physicians are not eligible for cash prize awards. One of the authors must be an MOA member in order to participate. 

By submitting an abstract and poster, you certify that (1) the research, abstract and poster are your original work or original work conducted by you and other authors; and (2) all co-authors are appropriately credited for their contributions and have been informed of the submission. Violation of these requirements will result in disqualification.

Filling Out the Application

Before you begin filling out the application, make sure you have the names, titles, and e-mail addresses of all authors. Draft your abstract in a Microsoft Word-compatible program before you begin submission, so that you can upload abstract into the designated abstract form field. The SRE Committee will use the abstract, limited to 500 words, as the initial screening tool.

Past SRE Award Winners

More about the MOA SRE competition

How Does the Judging Process Work? 

Judges work in teams of at least three (3), and include at least one (1) osteopathic physician, one (1) researcher (may be practicing DO, MD or PhD with research experience), and at least one trainee (resident or student). Each team must, as a group, give an evaluation of each poster or oral presentation based on criteria established in four domains: 

 1. Presentation (organization/layout)

 2. Introduction/ Background

 3. Description of methods (data and analysis)

 4. Discussion (overall clarity of thought)

Submission Categories

      1. Basic Science Research Abstract Format

      2. Clinical Medicine (Research Study) Abstract Format

      3. Clinical Vignette (Case Report) Abstract Format

      4. Quality Improvement/ Patient Safety High Value Care Abstract Format 

Do I Need to Have Research or Judging Experience to be a Judge?

No. The MOA will provide experienced judges on each judging team to help train anyone who wants to participate. Our goal is to increase participation of students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians, in addition to the research community in Michigan. 


1Basic Research:
Description: To improve human health, scientific discoveries must be translated into practical applications. These discoveries typically begin at the bench with basic research - in which scientists study disease at a molecular or cellular level.

2. Clinical Research
Description: Patient-oriented investigations conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes: mechanisms of human disease; therapeutic interventions; clinical trials; development of new technologies; analysis of existing datasets; epidemiologic and behavioral studies; public or community health, or social determinants of health.

3. Clinical Vignette or Case Report
Description: Report one or more cases that illustrate a new disease entity, or a prominent or unusual clinical feature of an established disease. It may include a summary of pertinent patient history, physical findings, laboratory data, or management description.

4. Quality Improvement (QI), Patient Safety (PS), or High-Value Care (HVC)
Description: Projects or research that demonstrate the aspects of Quality Care as defined by the Institute of Medicine: Safe (injury avoidance or mitigation to patients and/or providers); timely (reduce waits and delays for patients and/or providers); effective (based on scientific knowledge, extended to all likely to benefit, while avoiding underuse and overuse); equitable (provide consistent quality, without regard to personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status); efficient (avoid waste, including waste of equipment, supplies, or ideas); patient centered (respects and responds to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, ensuring patient values guide clinical decisions. High Value Care: In addition to IOM quality care definition: improving patient care through communication (aligning patient values and concerns into care plans) or advancing effectiveness of population health management.

Preparing Your Abstract Submission

For a good all-around resource for preparing to submit abstracts or posters, please visit:
American College of Physician’s Guide to Preparing for the Abstract Competition.

Link: View a Case Presentation example                                                                                                                                                                 
Link: View a Research Presentation example

ANDY Award (Spring Scientific convention only)                                                                                                                                                                        First Place                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Second Place
Third Place
Miscellaneous Category 

Judging Criteria 

Judges will assess each exhibit on multiple criteria established by the SRE Committee consistent with generally accepted standards for competitive scientific research displays, including presentation (organization/layout), appropriate introduction/background, clear description of methods, data and analysis, thoughtful discussion and overall clarity of thought. They will judge case presentations on a unique set of weighted criteria. Displays should be readily understood with or without the author present.

The subject matter should be current and of interest to practicing clinicians. Although the committee encourages prospective studies, subject matter need not be limited to new research.

Whenever possible the exhibit should promote osteopathic principles as they relate to the clinical situation or scientific aspect of the display.

The concept of a research exhibit by definition means the display will be graphically interesting.

Materials You Bring 

Use large mailing tubes for ease in transporting exhibit posters. MOA provides "T" pins and tape, if you prefer other mounting materials, please bring your own. You are responsible for printing and costs associated with your poster.

The following guidelines are offered to assist you with a successful presentation:

Content and Text
The research display should focus on Hypothesis or Objective, Methods, and Results of Objectives. A short and legible introduction and summary of conclusions are essential. Your presentation should contain succinct headings that organize and logically display the information. Use large print, including heavy block letters if possible. Keep the text and figure legends explicit and brief.

Graphics should be explicit and brief – charts, drawings, and illustrations should be similar to those you would use in making slides. Illustrations must be read from distances of about 3’ or more. Also, use color to effectively add emphasis. Ensure all illustrations are made beforehand. Do not mount your presentation materials on heavy board because they may be difficult to keep in position.

SRE exhibitors shall assume full responsibility for damage and shall indemnify and hold harmless the MOA, and the convention venue from all liability, which may ensue from any cause whatsoever. The MOA does not guarantee or protect the exhibitors against any loss, theft, or damage of any kind. You are responsible for any personal valuable property that may be left unattended.

Contact Melissa Budd, CME Program Manager

(517) 347-1555 x 112
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