SRE competition 2017

 Michigan Osteopathic Association

Annual Autumn Scientific Research Exhibit Competition

Saturday, October 29th at 8 am- 12 pm

Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, MI

Abstract Submission Form 

SRE Flyer


September 16 - Abstract submission deadline  (CLOSED)

September 26 - Notification of acceptance 

October 21 - Submit PDF of poster, email to [email protected]

October 29 - Competition 8 am-12 pm, awards following   

All abstracts will be reviewed for acceptance. Only ONE First author submission allowed. Finalist/first author expected to participate during scheduled interview with judges on Saturday, October 29 between 8 am-12 pm

MOA student membership is free at 

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Budd, MOA CME Program Manager at [email protected]


  MOA Spring 2022 Scientific Research Competition Awards

The Westin Southfield Detroit - May 20, 2022

Lawrence J. Abramson, D.O. Award - Clinical Research First Place - $1,000: Jared Lutsic

MSUCOM D.O./PhD Basic Research - $500: Kit Yee Chu

Clinical Research Second Place - $500: Anya Costeloe

Clinical Research Third Place - $250: Marie Dowling

Case Presentation - $250: Blake Seelbinder

Honorable Mention for Osteopathic Principles - $100: Austin Benedict

Honorable Mention - $100: Alan Halim


Oral Case - $500: Deeshpaul Jadir

Oral Research - $500: Alex Moauro

Best Oral Presentation - $500: Benjamin Goodman   

Past SRE Award Winners

More about the MOA Spring & Autumn Scientific Research Competitions 

How Does the Judging Process Work? If interested in judging, please contact [email protected]

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 & Judges Scoring Rubric    

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
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
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
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)
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.

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. Poster size is typically 4' x 6'.

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.

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