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Setting the Standard for

Clinical Skills Education

DOCS 2021

Annual Meeting

Call for Poster Abstract Submissions

The 2021 Annual DOCS Program will include a remote Poster Session to highlight the research and innovation work of our members.  If you have clinical skills course research or an innovation you would like to share with the larger DOCS membership, please consider submitting an abstract.  For questions about the Poster Session or Abstract submission process, please contact Jen Stojan at

Important dates:

Submissions open:  May 7, 2021 at 5pm EDT

Submission deadline:  July 30, 2021 by 5pm EDT

Submission decisions:  August 23, 2021 by 5pm EDT

Submit your poster abstracts here.

General Categories for Submission:

DOCS members are encouraged to submit abstracts in any area of general interest to the DOCS membership.  Potential topics for submission could include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical reasoning

  • Clinical skills course curriculum development

  • Clinical skills assessment

  • Clinical skills remediation

  • Clinical skills faculty development

  • Professional identity formation


Abstract Requirements:


Abstracts are limited to 5,750 characters with spaces, not including title, authors, institutional affiliations, or references.  Abstracts are required to include the following:

  • Title

  • Authors

  • Background/Purpose

  • Approach/Methods

  • Results/Outcomes

  • Discussion

  • Conclusions/Significance

  • References


Review Criteria:


All proposals will be reviewed by at least 3 reviewers (1 program planning committee member, 2 DOCS members).  Reviewers will not have access to identifying information of the submitters.

  • Topic of Importance:  topic is relevant and timely for a national/international audience.

  • Approach:  the authors effectively explain an approach that solves the problem identified.

  • Interpretation:  findings are presented in a clear manner, discussion is grounded in the literature.

  • Generalizability:  the authors provide evidence that findings can be transferred to other settings.