As in previous years, the scientific program at the annual meeting will consist of three categories of sessions: oral slide-assisted presentation sessions, moderated poster-discussion sessions; and poster walk-around sessions. Presentations are organized by topic into specific categories (e.g., Clinical Circulation, Experimental Neurosciences), and experts in the field facilitate or moderate all scientific abstract presentations. Abstracts will be presented from Saturday to Wednesday, October 12-16 at the Moscone Convention Center. Thus, regardless of which days you plan to attend the annual meeting, scientific sessions will be available. If you can only attend over the weekend, carefully examine the scientific abstract sessions occurring throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday for the latest science on complex issues that challenge our daily practice.
Oral slide-assisted presentation sessions are 90 to 120 minutes in length and consist of up to six abstracts with 10 minutes for presentation followed by five minutes of moderated audience questions. Again this year, an invited speaker will introduce the subject matter in selected afternoon sessions. Moderated poster-discussion sessions consist of up to eight abstracts presented over 90 minutes. During the first 30 minutes, attendees may view and discuss each poster with the authors. The “walk-around” is followed by a 60-minute period in which the entire group convenes for a brief presentation of each abstract and a moderated question-and-answer period. Oral and poster-discussion sessions are generally the most interactive of the scientific presentations.
The remaining category of abstract session consists of a walk-around poster viewing lasting three hours. Expert discussants visit each poster to review the findings with the presenting author and attendees. Presenting authors must be at their poster during this time. In addition, all posters will be displayed in continuous rotation on monitors at various kiosks placed strategically throughout the convention center. Allowing a more in-depth discussion of each poster, poster sessions are limited to a maximum of 16 abstracts.
New Scientific Sessions
This year the Committee on Scientific Advisory will present electronic viewing for all poster-discussions and poster sessions. All poster-discussion and poster sessions will be presented using a 52-inch LCD monitor without the aid of a physical poster.
We will continue the program introduced three years ago in which at least two oral or poster-discussion sessions are dedicated to “Late-Breaking Abstracts.” This will be an exciting opportunity for authors to submit high-quality science with results that were not available until after the abstract deadline. The sessions will enable attendees to be exposed to the late-breaking science that drives our specialty. Authors will be notified of acceptance of their abstracts by mid-September.
Special Scientific Symposia
The Journal Symposium titled “Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation” is organized by the editors of Anesthesiology and will be held on Tuesday morning. The symposium will include three lectures and discussion of six abstracts in the West Building, Room 2020 from 8-11 a.m. In addition, this will be the sixth year of the very popular “Best Abstracts of the Meeting: Anesthesiology Editors’ Picks.” Authors will be given the opportunity to submit an enhanced and more detailed abstract in advance of the meeting, and two prizes will be given for the best clinical science and the best basic science work. The sessions will be divided into Basic Science with 12 abstracts on Monday from 8-10 a.m. in the West Building, Room 2020, and Clinical Science with 12 abstracts on Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. also in Room 2020.
The ninth annual Resident Research Forum on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. is well worth attending. Another popular event is the FAER Medical Student Anesthesiology Research Symposium on Tuesday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The Resident Research Forum is an exciting opportunity for residents to present their research in a forum of peers, to meet other residents actively involved in research activities and to exchange ideas with leaders in academic anesthesiology. The residents will also present their research at their regularly scheduled scientific sessions. The medical student symposium highlights research performed by medical students who have participated in the FAER research fellowship program. These residents and medical students are our future colleagues who are advancing the specialty of anesthesiology and will become our scientific leaders in the future.
Special Scientific Symposia
All submitted abstracts were graded by the scientific abstract subcommittees under the oversight of the Committee on Scientific Advisory using a Web-based process coordinated by OASIS. ASA sincerely appreciates the dedicated efforts of all subcommittee members who volunteered substantial time and expertise toward the selection and presentation of the latest science at our annual meeting. A total of 1,284 abstracts were accepted for presentation, a 70 percent acceptance rate, with the distribution of oral, poster-discussion and poster sessions based on available space and abstract review scores. Abstracts for presentation were grouped into sessions of similar content by the subcommittee chairs, and the Committee on Scientific Advisory chair determined the final schedule. Efforts were made to avoid conflicts with other scheduled sessions on a given subject, but many disciplines are widely represented across the annual meeting schedule, so there may be some overlap with another session on the same topic. This year’s and previous years’ abstracts will be available on the ASA annual meeting and Anesthesiology websites. Kiosks will be strategically placed in the convention center for downloading and printing abstracts.
As physicians, we do not simply follow the current “cookbook” in caring for our patients. Instead, through research, we continually seek new knowledge to improve upon the care of our patients. Our science has distinguished anesthesiology as a leading specialty in medicine. The Committee on Scientific Advisory believes you will find this year’s scientific abstract presentations to be valuable to your professional career and to patient care. The science presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting will cover the breadth of basic science and clinical topics in anesthesiology, addressing your research and practice interests. Come exchange ideas and benefit from these outstanding and exciting educational opportunities.
Joy L. Hawkins, M.D. is Professor of Anesthesiology, Vice Chair for Education and Director of Obstetric Anesthesia, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora.
William R. Furman, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Anesthesiology/Executive Medical Director for Perioperative Services, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.