Scientific Abstracts

Scientific Abstracts

Please note that the SGIM 2021 Annual Meeting will be virtual. Please take this into consideration as you prepare your submission. Sessions will be pre-recorded with a live-chat Q&A element. Submissions designed to maximize audience engagement in a virtual format are especially encouraged.

Scientific abstracts report the results of original research and must contain data (either quantitative or qualitative) that reflect research findings. Scientific abstracts can address a broad range of topics relevant for general internal medicine, such as health equity and social determinants of health, healthcare delivery, medical education and others listed in the SGIM21 Primary Submission Categories.

SUBMISSION Guidelines & Policies


Key Dates

Submission Length

Submission Criteria


Presentation Format

Presentation Selection & Scheduling

SGIM21 Primary Submission Categories

Scientific Abstract Award Eligibility

Non-Commercial Funding Source


Submission & Presentation Tips

Designing a Poster

Topic & Intended Audience

Key Dates

November 19, 2020: Submission Portal Opens
January 6, 2021: Submission Portal Closes (12pm ET)
March 1, 2021: Acceptance Notifications Sent
March 11, 2021: RSVP Responses Due
March 19, 2021: Presentation Recording/Virtual Poster Upload Due

Submission Length

Scientific Abstract submissions are limited to 3,000 characters, including spaces with the option to include either one table or one figure that is part of the character count.

Maximum character count limit applies only to these sections:

  • Background
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Tables/Graphics (if included)
Character count limit does not apply to author information

Submission Criteria

  1. Title No all caps, quotes, underlining or bolding.
  2. Learning Objectives (2 required) Each learning objective should reflect one of the six ACGME Core Competencies.
  3. Background Describe the context and importance of the study and state the objective(s) and/or hypothesis and/or research question of the study
  4. Methods Include a description of the methods used including study design, setting, population, measures, and analytic procedures.
  5. Results Describe the results in sufficient detail to support the conclusions. Tabular or graphic results are acceptable. It is not satisfactory to state, "The results will be discussed," or "Other data will be presented.” Abstracts that do not provide actual results will not be considered for publication or presentation.
  6. Conclusion: State the implications of the findings for clinical practice, research, education, or policy.
  7. Graphics (Optional) See below.
  8. Presentation Format  See below.
  9. Primary Submission Category See below.
  10. Award Eligibility (Optional) See below.
  11. Policy Implications Has your work influenced policy at the clinic/health systems city, or state level? Yes/No
  12. Non-Commercial Funding Source (Optional) See below.
  13. Policy Verification Confirm understanding of Submission Policies & Presenter Register Policy.
  14. List of Authors See below.


Optional Inclusion of a Graphic:

  • Scientific abstract submissions have the option to include either one table or one figure.
  • Graphics should be compact and used only to display essential results, where textual presentation would be less efficient.
  • Large tables and figures intended for use in an oral or poster presentation are not appropriate for abstract submissions. See below for specifics on size of graphics.

Graphic Sizes:

  • Maximum size: 3 inches in width
  • Graphics are included in the online publication of SGIM Annual Meeting abstracts in the JGIM Supplement. Abstracts are printed in two columns with optimal publishing with legible text at 3 inches in width.

Graphic Size/Character Count:

  • The size of the graphic will count against the overall character count of your submission. The larger the graphic, the less text you may include. If a graphic is too large, the ScholarOne system will notify you upon upload to either scale the image down or reattach a smaller original image to conform to the character limit.
  •  Check the character count in the top right-hand corner of each ScholarOne webpage.
  • Please ensure enough time before the submission deadline to upload a graphic and potentially resize the image.

Graphic Size/Character Count Examples: 

  • 3"w x 2" h graphics will count as 672 characters
  • 3"w x 3" h graphics will count as 768 characters
  • 3"w x 4" h graphics will count as 990 characters
  • 3"w x 5" h graphics will count as 990 characters
  • 3"w x 6" h graphics will count as 990 characters

Total character limit is 3,000 characters (excludes author information).

Format your graphics for submission upload:

.tiff format:

  • 300 dpi halftone
  • 600 dpi with text
  • 600 dpi combine halftone and text (embedded text)
  • 1200 dpi bitmap (pure text and lines (b/w)

.eps format:

  • 300/600/1200 dpi objects combine embedded images and vector

Example Graphics:

  • The recommended graphic size is 3 inches wide by 2 inches high; this graphic size accounts for the least amount of characters at 672 from the overall character count.
  • Remember, the inclusion of graphics is optional and should only be included where textual presentation is less efficient. Graphics should be compact and used only to display essential results.
  • If accepted for presentation, more detailed graphics can be included during the poster or oral presentation.

To Create a Graphic for Import: 

  1. Download example graphic template (Microsoft Word Document)
  2. Create table or graph and save document as a .PDF
  3. Save the .PDF as a .TIFF or .EPS
  4. Upload into ScholarOne and click Save Changes


Submission Disqualification:

  • Abstracts may lead to disqualification from consideration if the submission includes more than one graphic (figure or table).
  • Graphics created by combining multiple images into one file for upload or that are larger than 3 inches in width may lead to disqualification for presentation.

Presentation Format

Identify your preference for presentation format: 

  • Oral Presentation Only
  • Poster Presentation Only
  • No Preference

Format Choice Matters: 

  • SGIM schedules accepted submissions based on the results of the peer review process. The most highly rated submissions are scheduled for an oral presentation followed by those rated highly enough for presentation as posters.
  • We recommend stipulating “no preference”, as it will increase the likelihood of your submission being accepted.
  • If you stipulate “oral presentation only” and your submission is only ranked highly enough for a poster presentation, you will receive a rejection notification.
  • Submissions funded through direct commercial support should select “poster only” as their choice, as poster sessions do not offer CME credit hours.

Presentation Selection & Scheduling

Oral Presentations:

Highly-rated submissions will be scheduled as oral presentations during Oral Presentation Sessions. Each session typically features four total oral presentations with 10 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes of audience Q&A. Due to the virtual format of the meeting this year, presenters will be asked to pre-record their presentation and be logged in to the virtual platform during their session time to participate in Q&A.

Poster Presentations:

Well-rated submissions will be accepted to present as virtual posters. Presenters will be asked to create a digital poster that will be accessible throughout the meeting on the platform and be available for scheduled live chat times with attendees.

Note on Virtual Format:

If accepted, presenters will need to submit their presentation no later than March 19, 2021, and be available for a live discussion/Virtual Q&A during their assigned time slot(s) during the conference dates of April 20 – 23, 2021.

SGIM21 Primary Submission Categories

Submitting authors MUST select one category for each submission.

Go to the Submission Categories page for more information on the categories. 

  • Career Development
  • Clinical Informatics and Health Information Technology
  • Clinical Practice
  • Geriatrics, Palliative Care, and End-of-Life
  • Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Policy, Economics, and Finance
  • Healthcare Delivery and Redesign
  • Hospital-Based Medicine
  • Medical Education and Education Scholarship
  • Medical Ethics, Professionalism, and Humanities
  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Research
  • Resiliency and Wellness
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Women’s Health

Additional Details:

  • Submitting authors should decide whether the unique and central feature of a submission is related to its methodology, topic, or other content and then select the category that best reflects the work.
  • Scientific Abstract categories also determine its assignment to review committees.

Scientific Abstract Award Eligibility

Mack Lipkin, Sr. Associate Member Scientific Abstract Oral Presentation Awards:

  • Three awards will be given to the associate members whose abstracts are ranked the highest by the judging panel.
  • Eligible candidates must be a current SGIM Associate Member (Student, Resident, or Fellow)
  • Candidates must be the primary (first) author of a scientific abstract submitted for the annual national meeting and must have had a major role in the work being submitted.
  • Finalists are selected from the top-rated eligible submissions (usually 12 abstracts are selected)

Judging of presentations for these awards will take place at the Annual Meeting. If the eligible author cannot present at the Annual Meeting, he or she may identify a co-author to present in his or her place, BUT that negates eligibility for the award.

Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Scientific Abstract Oral Presentation Awards: 

  • Three awards will be given to junior faculty members whose abstracts are ranked the highest by the judging panel.
  • Eligible candidates are junior faculty who are in their first two years of a faculty appointment.
  • Candidates must be the primary (first) author of a scientific abstract submitted for the annual national meeting and must have had a major role in the work being submitted.
  • Finalists are selected from the top-rated eligible submissions (usually 12 abstracts are selected)
Judging of presentations for these awards will take place at the Annual Meeting. If the eligible author cannot present at the Annual Meeting, she or he may identify a co-author to present in her or his place, BUT that negates eligibility for the award.

Non-Commercial Funding Source

Optional. Choose as many as apply:

  • AHRQ Funding
  • DOD Funding
  • NIH Funding
  • PCORI Research Grant
  • RWJ Foundation
  • VA Funding
  • Other

The program committee reserves the right to use this information in scheduling. 


Adding Authors:

You will be asked to enter the names and affiliations of all authors who contributed to your submission. Please confirm all authors contact information before submitting.

To add an author in the submission form:

  1. Search for author’s existing account in ScholarOne to avoid creating duplicate accounts.
    1. Search by first name, last name, or email address.
  2. If no account exists, create an account for the co-author.
  3. Co-authors will receive an automated email inviting them to update their contact information and fill out a disclosure.

After adding an author, please ensure the information is correct and current

  • Name 
  • Institution
  • City/State
  • Email Address: Co-authors will receive an automated email notification inviting them to fill out a disclosure at the email address listed. 
  • SGIM Membership Status: We ask this information for Annual Meeting email marketing purposes. Membership is not required for submission. Not sure of an author's membership status? Select non-member. 

Designate Presenting Author:

Select the presenting author option next to the author in the author listing to designate the presenting author. This author will present the poster or oral presentation if accepted. This author’s name will be underlined in the Journal of General Internal Medicine’s Annual Meeting Online Supplement. Only one author can be designated as the presenting author.

Order Author List:

Arrange the order of the author listing by selecting order number next to each author. Typically, first authors are designated as the presenting author, unless another co-author is designated to present.

Submission & Presentation Tips

Designing a Poster

Poster Design & Presentation Tips

Topic & Intended Audience

Know your topic and your intended audience: 

  • Which attendees are your primary target audience?
  • Why is this important to them?
  • Is it innovative and creative?
  • Is the topic timely?
  • Does it help audience members meet an urgent need? (e.g. accreditation issues)
  • How much time does your topic require?
  • Choose the most appropriate category for submission.