Trainee Prizes

Trainee Oral Presentation and Poster Prizes


Abstracts of original research are invited for the following prestigious Trainee Oral Presentations and Poster Prizes for Pathology Update. Applicants are encouraged to view the Abstract Requirements below.

  • Please note that poster and/or oral presentations are a requirement for Anatomical, Chemical and Microbiology Trainees and recommended for all other disciplines (Haematology, Immunopathology, Forensic Pathology and Genetic Pathology).
  •  Trainees entering multiple prize categories (DS Nelson, QAP, BEA or Roche) are not permitted to submit the same abstract under different prize categories. A different abstract is required for each prize.

Closing Date Deadline: Thursday 21 November 2019 5.00pm AEDST.

Contact: Marion Higginson +61 2 8356 5839

Abstracts not in the required format will not be accepted.

Each submission will be acknowledged via a return email – if you don’t receive this acknowledgment please telephone Marion Higginson on +61 2 8356 5839.

The DS Nelson Trainee Oral Prize for the best oral presentation of original research is awarded in honour of the late Professor David Selwyn Nelson, a distinguished pathologist and editor of Pathology from 1985 to 1988. It is a eight minute PowerPoint presentation with two minutes available for questions. The DS Nelson is the flagship Trainee prize and three Trainees from any discipline will be shortlisted from abstracts to present.

Presented: Friday 20 March 2020 at 5.00pm
Prize: Winner $2000 AUD with $500 AUD to the Runner-up

RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Oral Prize follows immediately after the DS Nelson presentations and together these oral presentations form one event. Two Trainees will be selected from abstracts to present their PowerPoint talk on a subject related to laboratory management, case studies and all aspects of Quality Assurance. The best oral presentation wins a $2000AUD cash prize.

Presented: Friday 20 March 2020 at 5.00pm
Prize: Winner $2000 AUD

The Board of Education and Assessment (BEA) Trainee Poster Prize is for the best poster presentation of original research by a Trainee in any discipline. Trainees are given the opportunity to summarise their posters in a three minute time span followed by three minutes for questions. Four Trainees will be selected from abstracts to enter this prize with posters displayed at Pathology Update.

Presented: Saturday 21 March 2020 at 8.00am
Prize: Winner $1000 AUD with $500 AUD to the runner-up

The Quality Assurance Program Poster Prize will follow the Board of Education and Assessment Poster Prize on the Saturday morning. Three Trainees will be selected from abstracts to present their QAP poster. A prize of $1000 AUD will be given for the best poster presentation on a Quality Assurance topic.

Presented: Saturday 21 March 2020 at 8.00am
Prize: Winner $1000 AUD
  • Trainees may enter the Roche Scientific Poster Display if they have been unsuccessful in pre-selection for the above awards. Abstracts will only be considered via email and in the prescribed format listed below. Receipt of the submission will be acknowledged via return email. If you do not receive  this receipt contact Marion Higginson on +61 2 8356 5839. You will be notified if you have been selected.
  • You must state clearly in the subject heading which prize your abstract belongs to.
  • Those selected will have their abstract published in the supplement to the Journal Pathology.
  • Please note that the judging for the DS Nelson and QAP Oral Prize will take place at 5.00pm on Friday 20 March 2020. Judging for the BEA Poster Prize and the QAP Poster Prizes will take place at Saturday 21 March 2020 at 8.00am.
  1. Abstracts must be submitted via email and attached in a Word document and not sent in the body of the email.
  2. Abstracts must not exceed 200 words (excluding title, authors and institution, references and statement of originality).
  3. Abstracts must be typed in English, using a 12 point single font with single line spacing, in Microsoft Word format.
  4. Your heading must include: prize category, your name (first name in full, followed by surname in full), and the Pathology discipline your abstract belongs to (Anatomical Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Forensic Pathology, Genetic Pathology, Haematology, Immunopathology or Microbiology).
  5. The title should be brief and explicit.
  6. Underline the submitting/presenting author only. Do not include titles or degrees.
  7. Underline the submitting/presenting author, use superscript numerals for author affiliations, and italicise the list of affiliations, e.g.
    Harold Cook1, Paul Stephens1, Kate J. Davies1, Garry Harding2, Don W. Thomas1
    1Department of Oral Surgery, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia; 2Wound Healing Research Unit, Department of Surgery, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  8. Specify the name and location of institution where the work was done.
  9. Abstract may contain the aims of study, methods, results and discussion. If providing a structured abstract please put the headings in bold followed by a colon, e.g. Background: This study was conducted because…., Methods: The method used for this study........
  10. Abstracts in Case report format will be accepted.
  11. Maximum of three references.
  12. Figures, images and tables will not be published.
  13. Abbreviations should be only used for common terms. For uncommon terms, the abbreviation should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word.
  14. At the end of the abstract please include a statement specifying which part of the work was your own original idea and contribution (not included in word count).
  15. No headers or footers.
  16. Name your Word file in the following format:
  17. Abstract/s must be accompanied by full registration of the submitting/presenting author by the early bird cut-off date of Thursday 20 February 2020.
    Note: One full paid registration is required to accompany each abstract. Abstracts without a paid registration will be withdrawn.
    A co-author can register on behalf of the submitting author. One delegate cannot register and submit abstract/hang for posters for other authors.
  18. Once your abstract has been submitted, this is final. No additions or changes will be accepted.
  19. See sample abstract below.

Poster size: A0 size (841mm x 1189mm)

Display orientation: Portrait ONLY

Poster Mounting: The Poster Boards will be female Velcro (fluffy side). You must attach only the male Velcro to your poster (hook side). Staff will not assist with poster hanging and delegates will be responsible for providing their own Velcro.

Poster Number: Your Poster Number will be supplied to you prior to Pathology Update.

  • Each delegate is responsible for mounting and removal of their own poster. Posters will be on display on Level two in the Gallery of the International Convention Centre, Sydney from Friday 20 - Sunday 22 March 2020. Your poster/s must be displayed in the poster area by 10.00am Friday and removed by 3.00pm on Sunday. Please do not remove the poster prior to this time.
  • Please bring your poster tube clearly marked with your name on it for on-site storage near the poster boards at Pathology Update.
  • NO FABRIC POSTERS. We do not recommend printing on vinyl or fabric as Velcro does not stick and the posters fall down. Delegates are responsible for checking their poster. Fabric posters which fall down and become a trip hazard will be removed.

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