Improving global prehospital and emergency medicine, public health, and disaster health care and preparedness

Call for Abstracts

WADEM and JADM invite abstract submissions for the 23rd Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine. 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.

Abstracts presented at the congress will be published in an online supplement to WADEM’s journal, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (PDM). Each published abstract will have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), and the congress supplement will be available on PDM’s page on Cambridge Core.

The deadline to submit an abstract is 23:59 (CST – North America) on 3 November 2024. Authors will be notified of provisional acceptance of abstracts by 23 December 2024. For an abstract to be formally accepted, included in the program, and published in the supplement, the presenting author must be registered and paid to attend the Congress by 24 February 2025.

Inquiries regarding abstracts should be sent to –

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Abstract Submission Categories

Authors will need to select one of the following 12 categories for their abstract submission depending on which is the most applicable.

  1. Capacity Building
    • Health Systems
    • Hospital Burden and Business Continuity Plan
    • Public Advocacy and Crisis Communication
    • Health Workforce Development
    • Long-Term Disaster Planning
  2. Education, Training, and Research
  3. Far Afield
    • Aeromedical Retrieval and Evacuation
    • Prehospital Care and Transport
    • Resource Allocation
    • Wilderness and Remote Medicine
    • Austere Supply Chain and Contingency Logistics
  4. Hazards and Exposures (Natural and Man-Made)
    • Conflict Medicine and Hybrid Warfare
    • Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai Framework)
    • Counter-Terrorism Medicine
    • Infectious Diseases
  5. Health Care Worker Safety and Well-Being
    • Attacks on Health Care Workers and Facilities
    • Health Care in Danger (HCID)
    • Worker Stress and Burnout
  6. Humanitarian and Population Health
    • Displaced Populations
    • Ethics
    • Palliative Care
    • Pediatrics
    • Primary Care
    • Vulnerable Populations
  1. Integrative Health
    • Public Health
    • Environmental Health
    • Psychosocial and Mental Health
    • Pharmacy
    • Transdisciplinary Collaboration
    • One Health and Veterinary Medicine
    • Dentistry
  2. Mass Gathering and Event Medicine
  3. Medical Assistance
    • Civilian-Military Collaboration
    • International Emergency Medical Teams (iEMTs)
    • National Emergency Medical Teams (nEMTs)
    • Coordination
  4. New and Existing Technologies
    • Diagnostics
    • Forensics
    • Laboratory Sciences
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • Data Capture and Management
    • Robotics
    • Drones
    • Simulation
    • Logistics
  5. Nursing
  6. “Outside the Box”(Innovation and Miscellaneous)

Presentation Format Options

Oral Presentation - This spoken presentation format will be about 10 minutes long, including introduction and question and answer time. Presenters can display their research and/or findings of their accepted abstract in a slide presentation.

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

Table Top Presentation - Presenters have the opportunity to present to several different small groups. At timed intervals, listeners will move to another table to participate in another presentation. The presenter will give the presentation several times to different listeners during the session. 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 Type

The options for submission type are Original Research, Systematic Review, Research Report, Field Report, and Case Report.

Original Research is structured research that uses quantitative and/or qualitative data collection methods and analyses to establish a hypothesis, association(s), or prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

Systematic Reviews are structured, rigorous reviews of published and “grey” literature to clarify areas where there seems to be lack of consensus.

Research Reports are structured reports that describe preliminary research findings, activities, or aspects of science that provide information for the progression of knowledge or understanding. An example of a research report is a Scoping Review.

Field Reports provide analysis and direct observations of prehospital, emergency health, and disaster-related events.

Case Reports provide a detailed overview of symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of an individual patient or cohort of patients.

Abstract Submission Overview
  • Abstracts are to be submitted in English.
  • The 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 not be written using first-person pronouns such as "we," "our," or "I."
  • Abstracts should not contain any tables or figures.
  • The use of abbreviations and acronyms should be kept to a minimum.
  • Abstracts submitted as Original Research, Systematic Reviews, and Research Reports should be organized under the following sections:
    • Introduction
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusion
  • Abstracts submitted as Field Reports and Case Reports will be summaries.

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