Abstract Submission

The Florida Committee on Trauma (FCOT) is proud to announce that abstract submissions are open for the 2024 Paper Competition at the Annual Meeting on May 3, 2024 in Tampa, Florida. The competition is open to all trauma centers, general surgery training, and trauma/acute care surgery fellowship programs to submit original research by residents and fellows in the fields of trauma, critical care, and injury prevention, including burns, pediatric and geriatric care. The abstract window closes February 9, 2024.

Abstracts will be accepted for both basic science and clinical science. The winners of the respective categories will be submitted to represent Florida in the Southeast Regional Competition sponsored by the ACS Committee on Trauma. To be eligible for the national competition, submitted work may have been previously presented, but must not be planned to be published in any peer-reviewed journal by our meeting date. 


  • Format

    • Abstracts should be no more than one page (excluding the Title Page) and provide adequate information and objective data to evaluate the abstract properly. Graphs and tables must fit on the one page.

    • The abstract page should be one page (8 1/2 x 11 inches), font Times Roman, size 11 or 12.

    • Format: Title. Background (1 paragraph) Study Design (about 1 paragraph) Results (1-2 paragraphs) Conclusion

      • Describe the problem addressed in the abstract, how the study was performed, the salient results, and the conclusions of the authors. Authors may use the downloadable template.

    • The abstract should be submitted electronically, preferably as a Word document. It is permissible to single space the abstract. Charts and graphs may be embedded in the document as .jpeg files

  • Author Names and Affiliations 

    • List the name(s) of all authors, including first name and middle initial, graduate degrees of authors, and FACS if author(s) are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. No more than 10 names may appear under the title except in special circumstances. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g. a hyphenated name), please indicate this clearly.

    • Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names.

    • Correspondence address, phone number and email. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of review, revision, publication, and post-publication. Only one corresponding author is allowed. Ensure that phone number (with country and area codes) is provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.) Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.

    • Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address.

Abstracts should be uploaded as an attachment below.

If you have images or graphs or other content not suitable for text fields, you may attach your abstract as Microsoft Word document or PDF file here. You must still fill out all required fields above.
Files must be less than 16 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx ppt pptx.
Attach any additional supporting images only.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png.