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2019 Annual Conference

March 3 – March 8, 2019
Snowmass, CO


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Submission Rules

  • Abstract submissions must be made using this form only by October 1, 2018 at 11:59pm PDT.
  • Upload graph or charts in .jpg formats only.
  • Attending level author to be present to answer questions when medical students present.
  • Posters are to be considered as prior presentations and will disqualify abstracts from WTA presentation.
  • If chosen to present at the WTA Annual Meeting, you must certify that the information contained in the presentation and manuscript represent original work that has not been previously published, and will not have been presented or be under consideration for publication at a national or international meeting prior to the dates of this meeting. Poster presentations and “quick shots” are considered prior presentations.
  • All authors (except case reports and family abstracts) must submit a manuscript to the Journal of Trauma.  Resident Paper Competition manuscripts must be submitted to the Journal of Trauma by January 15th.  All other manuscripts must be submitted by February 15th.  Failure to submit the manuscript by the deadline will result in removal of the manuscript from the resident paper competition and the senior author will be banned from submitting an abstract for one year.

Earl Young Resident Research Competition


There are two Resident Paper Competitions at WTA (one clinical research, one basic science).

Resident Paper Competition Rules:

  • Eligibility: All medical students, residents, and fellows who have completed the work being presented while in an official training program. The presenter may have completed training at the time of presentation.
  • Requirements: The paper must not have been presented at another major meeting nor published prior to the WTA meeting. All abstracts accepted for Earl Young presentation must have a manuscript submitted electronically in a Journal of Trauma format to the Publications Committee Chair by January 15th.
  • Acceptance: Due to the number of qualified applicants, only the top-rated abstracts will be entered into the competition.  Some Earl Young and EE Moore qualified abstracts will be selected to be presented at the meeting but will not be part of the final competition.  You will be notified with your abstract acceptance if your paper is part of the competition.
  • Sponsorship: The sponsorship of an Earl Young or EE Moore Competition is not to be taken lightly. The sponsor of the paper must be a Western Trauma Association member in good standing.  

If the manuscript is not submitted by the deadline, it will not be considered eligible for the competition. The sponsor and/or the senior author is expected to be present when the paper is given.  The senior author and/or sponsor will be banned from submitting an abstract for one year for failure to adhere to these rules.


Earl Young Resident Clinical Research Competition

  • You must indicate on the abstract submission form if you’d like to be considered for the Earl Young Resident Clinical Research Competition.  Clinical research addresses common clinical problems in trauma and critical care that affect everyday diagnosis or management. The research should involve human subjects and can be retrospective or prospective.
  • The Residents’ Paper competition was begun in 1991 as a tribute to Dr. Young’s memory and his “spirit of inquiry, love of learning and commitment in service to mankind. The award is given to the best resident paper presented at the Annual Meeting.


EE Moore Resident Basic Science Competition

  • You must indicate on the abstract submission form if you’d like to be considered for the EE Moore Resident Basic Science Research Competition.  Basic science research addresses the scientific basis of clinical problems, mechanisms, or cellular determinants underlying problems in trauma and critical care that could lead to innovations in diagnosis or management. The research may involve human subjects or animals and should be of a prospective design (i.e., one that tests an a priori hypothesis  using a concurrent cohort).
  • This is the initial year of the offering of the basic science research prize. It is dedicated to Dr. Moore’s longstanding contributions to basic research and understanding of mechanisms and treatment of victims of trauma. The prize is awarded to the best resident paper presented at the annual meeting.


Important Dates

October 1, 2018 Abstracts due at 11:59pm Pacific Time (PST)
November 2, 2018 Abstract Acceptance Notices Sent
March 3 - 9, 2019 WTA Annual Meeting in Snowmass, Colorado









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