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2021 ACEP Research Forum

October 25-28, 2021

Abstracts Deadline: May 21, 2021, 4:00 pm CST 
The ACEP21 Research Forum Abstract Submission Site is open.

Go here to submit your abstract today.

ACEP’s abstract submission site requires that you have an ACEP account. If you are an ACEP member, or have an existing ACEP account, you will sign in with your usual username and password to access the submission site. If you are not a member and do not have an account, you will need to set one up before you can submit. Setting up an ACEP account does not require membership in ACEP and is free to do. Follow the steps below to set up your ACEP account.

  1. Go to acep.org and click on the upper right corner where it says “Join/Renew” or From the Sign-in page, click on “Create an Account” (this is free to do). 
  2. Complete the form with your information. 
  3. You’re all set up and ready to submit!

If you experience any difficulties or have any questions, please contact ACEP Member and Customer Care at membership@acep.org or acep.org/contactus.

Research Forum FAQs

Research Forum 2020 Abstracts - Annals Supplement

Abstract Review Process

Abstracts will be peer reviewed for presentation at the 2021 Research Forum. Abstracts will be accepted that are judged scientifically valid and that yield important information which will ultimately affect patient care. Abstracts submitted, or the resultant manuscripts, must not appear in a referenced journal before publication of the meeting abstracts in the October 2021 issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine. Case reports or subject reviews are not considered original research.

The Research Committee and ad hoc reviewers will review abstracts blinded to authors. Notification will be sent in July 2021. We regret that we cannot give notification information by telephone. 

Accepted abstracts will fall into the following categories:

  • Virtual Poster Hall
    • The Virtual Poster Hall features on-demand, pre-recorded abstract presentations that give authors the opportunity to present their original work. Virtual Poster Hall presenters will pre-record 8-minute oral presentations which will be available to all conference participants for asynchronous viewing. There are no physical abstract presentation times or locations scheduled during the meeting as everything will be available on-demand. No posters needed.
  • Abstract Oral Presentation Session
    • Abstract Oral Presentation Sessions will be scheduled as live events for the in-person meeting. Between five and seven abstracts are selected for a single session, organized by topic (ex. Toxicology, Infectious Diseases, etc.). Each presenter has up to 6-minutes to give an oral presentation of their work. The sessions are moderated with time at the end for questions from the audience to actively involve and engage participants in discussion. No posters needed.
  • Plenaries
    • The highest ranked abstracts are selected as an oral presentation in one of three Plenary Sessions. Five abstracts are typically selected for inclusion in the plenary sessions and presenters have up to 8 minutes to present their work. The sessions are moderated with time at the end for questions from the audience to actively involve and engage participants in discussion. No posters needed.
  • Brooks F. Bock Lecture
    • Up to three of the top scoring abstracts will be chosen for inclusion in this session. Presenters must agree to the following requirements: Presentations must be submitted by the deadline outlined in the acceptance notice and presenters must be a faculty member at the time of presentation.  To be considered for this session, you must indicate you interest in the “Affirmations” tab on your abstract submission. No posters needed.
  • EMF and Awards Showcase
    • High scoring abstract submissions from EMF grantees are included in this unique session. This session also includes presentations from ACEP’s National Outstanding Contribution in Research Award Winner and other featured presentations. To be considered for this session you must be an EMF grantee presenting your funded research. No posters needed.




Research Forum Medical Student Scholar Program

The Research Forum Medical Student Scholar Program is a unique volunteer opportunity for medical students interested in research.  Scholars assist throughout the Research Forum with social media promotion and help speakers and moderators during the abstract presentations (ie, trouble shooting A/V, recording audience questions, etc.). Scholars receive a certificate of appreciation from the ACEP President and are encouraged to include the experience on their CV. 

If you are interested in participating, please submit your current CV and no more than 500 word statement on why you want to participate to researchforum@acep.org.

Deadline: June 30, 2021



To be considered for any of the awards listed, you must be the corresponding author for the abstract submission and the presenter of the abstract at the Research Forum.

The Emergency Medicine Foundation will present an award to the outstanding established researcher and a special award to an outstanding young investigator.

  • The annual Excellence in Research Award (Best Paper) will be presented to an investigator based on the abstract, presentation, discussion, and subsequent research manuscript.
  • The annual Best Presentation by a Young Investigator Award will also be chosen. Investigators at the assistant professor level or below with fewer than five years of faculty appointment may request that their abstracts be considered for review in the young investigator category.

The ACEP Research Committee will also present awards for best medical student paper and best resident paper.

  • The Best Medical Student Paper Award will be given to a medical student who is the primary investigator of an outstanding abstract presentation.
  • The Best Resident Paper Award will be given to a resident who is the primary investigator of an outstanding abstract presentation.

All four awards will be presented at the 2021 ACEP Research Forum.


2020 Award Recipients 
The following recipients were selected in 2020 and will receive their awards at the 2021 Scientific Assembly in Boston.


Excellence in Research Award (Best Paper)
Lamees Alshaikh, MBBS, MPH
"Non-specific ECG Findings in Patients with Low High-Sensitivity Troponin Values Are Not Associated With Significant 30-day Adverse Outcome"


Best Presentation by a Young Investigator Award 
Alexis Zebrowski, PhD, MPH
"Rightsizing Response: The Optimization of Critical Care Resources during COVID-19"


Best Resident and Medical Student Paper Award
Ronald Check, MD
"Failure Rates During Reuse of Disposable N95 Masks in Clinical Practice in the Emergency Department"


Best Resident and Medical Student Paper Award
Emily Johnson, MD
"The Opioid Epidemic Meets the Coronavirus Pandemic: Rates of Emergency Department Visits for Opiate Use Disorder During Covid-19"

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Best Resident and Medical Student Paper Award
Sarah Keene, MD
"A Geriatric Assessment Program in the Emergency Department is Associated with Increased Discharge Rate and Decreased Hospital Length of Stay"

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Best Resident and Medical Student Paper Award
Danh Nguyen
"Factors Associated with Emergency Department Use Among Adults with Newly Diagnosed Cancer"

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Best Resident and Medical Student Paper Award
Kristen Nordham
"Organ Donation Potential in Cases of Fatal Gunshot Wounds to the Head: Tools for Timely Screening in the Emergency Department"

Best Resident and Medical Student Paper Award
Kirstin Scott, MD
"Assessing Financial Risk Among Uninsured Patients Seeking Care in the Emergency Department"

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