Clinical Vignettes

Clinical Vignettes

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

Clinical vignettes are patient-related cases and scenarios that have educational value for a wider audience. Submissions should be based on patients for whom at least one of the author(s) had cared during the course of the patient’s illness. Clinical vignettes should:

  • Describe clinical conditions that illustrate unique or important teaching points.
  • Provide insight into clinical practice, education, or research in either outpatient or hospital settings.
  • Illustrate important clinical problems commonly encountered by internists, such as diagnostic, therapeutic, or management dilemmas, including those complicated by the social determinants of health.
  • Include a discussion of relevant literature, as if submitting the vignette for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Note: Clinical Vignettes are not meant for presentation of scientific or research data.

SUBMISSION WEBSITE
SUBMISSION Guidelines & Policies

Submissions

Key Dates

Submission Length

Submission Criteria

Presentation Format

Presentation Selection & Scheduling

Submission Categories

Non-Commercial Funding Source

Authors

Citations

Submission & Presentation Tips

Designing a Poster

Topic and Intended Audience


Submissions

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

Clinical Vignette submissions are limited to 3,000 characters, including spaces. Maximum character count limit applies only to these sections:

  • Learning Objectives
  • Case Description
  • Impact/Discussion
  • Conclusion

Submission Criteria

  1. Title No all caps, quotes, underlining, or bolding
  2. Learning Objectives (2 required) focused learning objectives, stating what the physician should be able to do after learning from the case presentation. Each learning objective should reflect one of the six ACGME Core Competencies. Objectives are action-oriented and should begin with words such as recognize, diagnose, assess, treat, distinguish or manage. They should NOT begin with terms like “know how to” or “understand.” Examples:
    • Diagnose hip fracture when the plain x-rays are normal 
    • Recognize the clinical features of anorexia and bulimia in a male
    • Assess health literacy in at-risk populations
  3. Case Briefly summarize the case presentation. Include history of present illness, pertinent positives and negatives, key social history, past medical history, family history, and medications, pertinent physical exam findings, diagnostic studies and interventions.  Highlight key elements from clinical course.
  4. Impact/Discussion Please address the following based on relevance to your case vignette:
    • Describe the clinical impact of this case and any new clinical insights gained
    • Highlight key teaching points from the case and/or review of the literature
    • Did this case change your thinking in any way?
    • How does this case add to the literature?
    • Authors should use the learning objectives and discussion to illustrate the unique teaching points, as if submitting the vignette for peer-reviewed publication.
  5. Conclusion Final insights or teaching points to be gained by the general internist, can be in the format of 2-3 bulleted takeaways from the case.
  6. Presentation Format Preference See below.
  7. Primary Category See below.
  8. Secondary Category (Optional) See below.
  9. Clinical Unknown (Mystery Diagnosis) or Clinical (Logical) Reasoning Case Participation (Optional) Does your clinical vignette lend itself to being presented as a clinical unknown (mystery diagnosis) or clinical reasoning (logical) case?
  10. Non-Commercial Funding Source (Optional) See below.
  11. Policy Verification Confirm understanding of Submission Policies & Presenter Register Policy.
  12. List of Authors See below.

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.

      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 Sessions

      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.

      Submission Categories

      Primary Submission Categories

      Authors must choose ONE submission category. 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

      Secondary Submission Categories:

      Optional. Choose one secondary submission category, if applicable:

      • Allergy/Immunology
      • Cardiovascular Disease
      • Clinical Reasoning
      • Endocrinology and Metabolism
      • Gastroenterology and Hepatology
      • General Medicine
      • Hematology and Oncology
      • HIV
      • Infectious Diseases
      • Medication-related complications
      • Nephrology
      • Neurology
      • Pulmonary and Critical Care
      • Rheumatology 

      Non-Commercial Funding Source

      Optional. Choose as many as apply:

      • AHRQ Funding
      • DOD Funding
      • NIH Funding
      • PCOR Research Grant
      • RWJ Foundation
      • VA Funding

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

      Authors

      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 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.

      Citations

      Citations are not required nor requested for your Clinical Vignette submission. They are optional, as space allows, and will be included in the 3,000 character limit.


      Submission & Presentation Tips

      Designing a Poster

      POSTER DESIGN & PRESENTATION TIPS

      Topic and Intended Audience

      Know your topic and your intended audience: 

      • Which attendees are your primary target audience?
      • Why is this important to them?
      • Will it stimulate excitement?
      • 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.