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Call for Abstracts

The WADEM Congress 2023 invites abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations. The Congress theme is “Complexity and Continuity: Caring, Coping, and Overcoming in an Increasingly Challenging World.” Submissions are encouraged across a wide range of themes of relevance to disaster medicine, prehospital care, and the health aspects of emergency management and complex humanitarian crises.

Abstract submissions can be made by clicking the button below. All abstracts must be submitted by 12:00 CST (midnight) on Monday, 7 November 2022. Authors will be notified of provisional acceptance of abstracts by 21 December 2022, including the accepted presentation type. Presenters of accepted abstracts must be registered and paid by the Early Registration Deadline on 13 February 2023.

Accepted abstracts will be published as a special online supplement to WADEM’s academic journal, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine on Cambridge Core.

All inquiries regarding abstracts for the WADEM Congress should be sent to – alavelle@wadem.org.

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Presentation Format Options

Oral Presentation – A spoken presentation, including introduction and question and answer time. Presenters display the research and/or findings of their accepted abstract in a slide presentation.

Lightning PresentationFive Minutes, Five Slides – This exciting oral presentation format requires presenters to make their point clearly and limit non-critical information in the presentation during the allotted five-minute presentation time.

Table Top Presentation – Presenters have the opportunity to present to several different small groups during the session. At timed intervals, the presenter will move to another table of listeners to give the same presentation. This informal presentation style facilitates discussion, the exchange of ideas, and networking with other delegates.

Poster Presentation – Presenters will display a printed poster in the exhibition space. Each day of the Congress will have a dedicated poster session in which presenters will be able to present their posters, answer questions, and interact with delegates. Additionally, presenters will be able to upload their posters to an online poster gallery.

While every effort will be made to accept an abstract for the presentation type selected in the submission process, the Committee reserves the right to change the presentation type.


Abstract Submission Categories

Authors will need to select one of the following 33 categories for their abstract submission depending on which is the most applicable.

  • Aeromedical Retrieval & Evacuation
  • Austere Medical & Surgical Practice
  • Austere Supply Chain & Contingency Logistics
  • CBRNE/HAZMAT
  • Civilian-Military Collaboration
  • Conflict Medicine & Hybrid Warfare
  • Counter-Terrorism Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Education, Training, & Simulation
  • Ethics
  • Forensics & Laboratory Sciences
  • Health Systems & Hospital Overcrowding
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Humanitarian Care & Displaced Populations
  • Mass Gathering Medicine
  • Medical Assistance Teams/Emergency Medical Teams
  • Natural Hazards & Disaster Risk Reduction
  • New Technologies
  • Nursing
  • One Health, Veterinary Medicine, & Animal Welfare
  • “Outside the Box” (Innovation and Exploration)
  • Palliative Care & Disasters
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy
  • Prehospital Care & Transport
  • Primary Health & Disasters
  • Psychosocial & Mental Health
  • Public Health & Environmental Health
  • Special Needs & Vulnerable Populations
  • Trauma
  • Travel Medicine
  • Wilderness & Remote Medicine

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Abstract Submission Details

  • Abstracts are to be submitted in English.
  • Presenting author should be the first named author on the abstract.
  • Email correspondence regarding the abstract will be with the presenting author.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 300 words (excluding the title, authors, and affiliations)
  • Commercial presentations are not permitted.
  • There is no fee for submitting an abstract.
  • The abstract should be organized under the following sections:

    • Introduction
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusion
  • Abstracts should not contain any tables or figures.
  • The use of abbreviations and acronyms should be kept to a minimum.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by 12:00 CST (midnight) on Monday, 7 November 2022 for consideration by the Committee. Authors will be notified of provisional acceptance of abstracts by 21 December 2022, including the accepted presentation type.
  • For an abstract to be formally accepted, included in the program, and the published in the abstracts supplement, the presenting author must be registered and paid to attend the Congress by 13 February 2023.