The American Society of Dermatopathology

Call for Abstracts

Regarding COVID-19

ASDP leadership is monitoring the situation closely, as are all medical professionals around the world. While we currently anticipate that the ASDP annual meeting in Chicago will be unaffected by this situation, we will inform the dermpath community about any changes in our plans over the coming weeks and months.


The General and Duel in Dermatopathology abstract submission deadline has been extended to Friday, May 22 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern. 

  • General and Duel in Dermatopathology Abstract submission - Submit an Abstract
    • Notices of abstract acceptance in the General and Duel categories will be sent in mid-June.
    • Updated Submission Deadline: Friday, May 22, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern
  • Dermatopathology Fellows submission - Opens July 1
    • Notices of abstract acceptance in the Fellows category will be sent in mid-September.
    • Submission Deadline: Monday, August 17, 2020
The American Society of Dermatopathology designates this educational activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and AAD Category I CME Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

About the Call for Abstracts

The ASDP Call for Abstracts offers three categories of abstract submissions for participants interested in presenting their abstract(s) in an educational session at the Annual Meeting.

  • The General Abstract category is open to all physicians who practice dermatopathology, including residents and fellows. Abstracts will be selected for either oral or poster presentation.
  • The Duel in Dermatopathology is an oral abstract competition designed especially for residents in dermatology and pathology. Duel abstracts not selected for the competition will be automatically considered for poster presentation.
  • The Dermatopathology Fellows Abstract category is open to fellows in a dermatopathology training program. Abstracts will be selected for either oral or poster presentation.

There is no limit on the number of abstracts per submitter. All abstracts should be written with the goal of bringing new or updated information to attendees or providing an organized review of older data. The Continuing Education and Research Committee will select all abstract presentations through a blinded review process. Abstract criteria are subject to annual review.

Abstract Submission Criteria

Abstract submissions must adhere to the published submission criteria:

  • Abstract content must not have been previously presented, submitted or accepted for presentation at another meeting or previously published in any journal. Abstract content that has been accepted for publication but has not yet been published may be submitted. If work has been published by the time of presentation, this information must be disclosed at the time of presentation to the audience.
  • The same abstract may not be submitted in more than one category. Submissions in the General, Duel and Fellow abstract categories will be automatically considered for a poster if not accepted as an oral presentation. Submissions to the General abstract category may be made as “poster-only” for those not wanting to be considered for oral presentation.
  • The subject material must be dermatopathology-related, medically and scientifically valid, and should contain new information not previously reported or novel information about the pathophysiology or diagnosis that enhances the understanding of the disease.
  • Abstract titles must be clear and accurately reflect the content of the abstract.
  • The abstract must adequately summarize the key scientific content of the presentation.
    • The hypothesis should be clearly stated.
    • Scientific methods must be sound and clearly articulated.
    • Appropriate data and observations should be clearly presented.
    • Results must be clearly presented and conclusions must accurately reflect the results and directly address the hypothesis.
  • Institutions and personal or institutional identifiers must not be referenced in the abstract.
  • Potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed at the time of abstract submission and presentation, and must not introduce bias in the study design.
  • The content must be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Non-scientific abstracts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Abstract Submission Instructions

  • Abstracts must be submitted online. Paper abstracts will not be accepted. 
  • Be sure to read the instructions before entering your abstract online.
  • Select the abstract category for which you are submitting, i.e. General Abstract, Duel in Dermatopathology or Dermatopathology Fellows.
  • Abstract text must not to exceed 2,000 characters (approximately 250 words).
  • Upon successful submission of an abstract, a confirmation will be emailed to you. Be sure to add [email protected] to your email address book to ensure you receive our confirmation and notification emails.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent via email. If you do not receive an email confirmation after submitting your abstract or an email notice of acceptance after the review process, notify ASDP at [email protected].
  • By submitting an abstract, you agree to make yourself available for the presentation slot to which your abstract is assigned, in the event your abstract is accepted.
  • Abstracts accepted for oral or poster presentation will be published to the ASDP website.

*Deadline for abstract changes for online publication to the ASDP website: November 11, 2020. Download the Abstract Change Form.

Abstract Submission Category Descriptions

General Abstract Category

  • Open to all physicians.
  • Abstracts must be extraordinary case reports, clinical studies or basic science. Each abstract type has been defined below for reference:
    • Case Report - Case reports consider observational description of up to three patients’ diagnoses that may also include discussion of disease management. Case reports usually describe an unusual or novel dermatologic, dermatopathologic or pathologic diagnoses or occurrence of the disease, typically in the context of literature review.
    • Clinical Study - Clinical studies encompass research using human tissues or volunteers that advances medical knowledge relating to pathologic diagnosis, management or treatment of dermatologic or systemic disease with cutaneous presentation. These include studies on 4 or more patients or patients’ material. Interventional, observational, as well as experimental studies are included in this category. In extraordinary conditions, work related to dermatopathology using animal models will be considered. 
    • Basic Science - Basic science research relating to dermatopathology, dermatologic disease or systemic disease with cutaneous presentation.

Duel in Dermatopathology Resident Abstract Competition

  • Open only to dermatology and pathology residents. Residents submitting abstracts in this category must be residents at the time of presentation.
  • Abstracts must describe a single case report, including clinical and pathologic findings.

Dermatopathology Fellows Abstract Category

  • Open only to fellows in a dermatopathology training program. Dermatopathology fellows submitting abstracts in this category must be enrolled in a fellowship training program at the time of presentation.
  • Abstracts must be extraordinary case reports, clinical studies or basic science.
  • Dermatopathology fellows abstracts will be accepted between July 1 - August 15, 2020.


Abstract Evaluation Criteria

Abstracts will be evaluated based on the submission criteria using a seven-point scale ranging from poor (1) to outstanding (7). Abstracts will be blind reviewed by all members of the Continuing Education and Research Committee, and the average score will be used to rank the priority of the presentation.

Abstracts will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Outstanding and Excellent:
    • strong data and conclusions
    • excellent, error-free writing
    • original content/new information
    • exceptional teaching value
  • Very Good: 
    • strong data and conclusions
    • no errors
    • well-written, with good detail and organization
    • unusual or rare content
  • Average:
    • valid to solid data and conclusions
    • no errors
    • logical to strong writing with detail
    • no novel material/relatively common entity or somewhat unusual material
  • Fair and Poor:
    • weak, incomplete or questionable validity of data and/or conclusions
    • minor to significant errors
    • weak to poor writing
    • common or inconsequential material

Abstract Selection Process

If your abstract is not selected for an oral presentation, it will automatically be considered for a poster presentation. The Continuing Education and Research Committee reserves the right to assign oral presentations as appropriate. Poster presenters must attend the ASDP 57th Annual Meeting and attend the poster defense sessions.

Poster Defense Sessions

Poster Defense - Poster Viewing Session 1: Friday, November 6: 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Poster Defense - Poster Viewing Session 2: Saturday, November 7: 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

Poster presenters should check for time and location in the meeting program distributed at the annual meeting. Presenters should attend their respective defense sessions.

Notification of Acceptance

All notifications will be sent by email. It is the submitter’s responsibility to ensure his/her email address is correct and current. ASDP is not responsible for confirmations not received due to incorrect contact information. An email confirmation will be sent upon successful submission of an abstract. A separate email indicating the status of General and Duel abstract acceptance will be sent before August 1. Dermatopathology Fellows will be notified of their abstract acceptance in early September.

If your abstract is accepted for poster presentation, you will be notified of your assigned poster number in mid-September. It is very important that you attend both Poster Defense Session.

All oral and poster abstract presenters will be asked to confirm receipt of their notification email and officially accept the invitation to present their abstract. To ensure that you receive notification emails, please add [email protected] to your address book. If you do not receive a notification email, check your spam/junk folder before contacting ASDP.

Meeting Registration

All presenters (oral and poster) are required to pay the meeting registration fee. ASDP does not provide reimbursement to speakers for registration or travel expenses. The Annual Meeting Preliminary Program will be published online and online registration will be available in June. For up-to-date meeting information, visit the ASDP meeting website often.

About Oral Presentations

Speakers must read the Speaker Guidelines if their abstract is accepted for oral presentation and can download guidelines from the ASDP website. It is very important that speakers keep within the allotted time. Only USB flash disks will be supported. Speakers will not be permitted to hook up laptops to the LCD projector. Presenters must give their presentation media to the A/V technician located in the Speaker Ready Room one day prior to the start of the session in which they are speaking. Speakers must disclose financial relationships and discussion of any unlabeled/investigational use of a commercial product immediately prior to their presentation verbally and on a presentation slide. Speakers must also ensure that presentations are free of commercial bias and that any information regarding commercial products/services is based on scientific methods generally accepted by the medical community.

About Poster Presentations

3’10” x 3’10” only

Poster presenters must read the Poster Presentation Guidelines if their abstract is accepted for poster presentation and can download guidelines from the ASDP website. Poster presentations should not exceed 3 feet 10 inches (1.16m) high and 3 feet 10 inches (1.16m) long. Posters larger than 3’10” X 3’10” will be removed from the poster viewing session and will not have their abstract published to the ASDP website. Posters larger than 3’10” X 3’10” will also be disqualified from consideration in the Physician-in-Training Award program if eligible.

All poster presenters are required to display disclosures of financial relationships and discussion of any unlabeled/investigational use of a commercial product directly on posters. This is required to be a minimum of 14 point font size. Poster boards will be set and numbered at the annual meeting. Accepted poster presenters will be notified of their assigned poster number and should set up their own posters using their own push-pins. At the conclusion of the poster session, it is the presenter’s responsibility to remove the poster from the board. Unclaimed posters will be discarded at the end of the poster session.

All poster presenters are also required to upload a PDF file of their presentation to the ASDP Abstract Submission site no later than December 31, 2020. Login using the original user name and password used to submit the abstract and then follow the instructions on the page to upload your poster. Posters should be submitted as a one page PDF file in landscape orientation and file size cannot exceed 10 MBs.

Physician-in-Training Awards

Physicians-in-Training (residents and fellows-in-training) will be able to nominate one of their submitted abstracts to be considered for the Physician-in-Training Award. The “Yes, please consider this abstract for the Physician-in-Training Award” should be selected at the time of abstract submission and the abstract should be designated as either a case report or study (including research studies and case series).

Physicians-in-Training whose abstracts are accepted for presentation, regardless of abstract category (General, Duel or Dermatopathology Fellow) will be considered for the Physician-In-Training Award. Physician-in-Training Awards will be presented for the best oral and poster presentations. Physicians-in-Training who submit abstracts in the General Abstract Program should be the first author and presenter of the abstract. Winners of the Duel in Dermatopathology Resident Competition will not be eligible for a Physician-in-Training Award.

The Peer Review Committee will use the following criteria to evaluate presentations eligible for the Physician-in-Training Awards:

  • Case reports will be judged on the following criteria:
    • novelty/teaching value
    • quality of description/workup
    • impact, potential to change practice
  • Studies will be judged on the following criteria:
    • conclusions supported by data
    • statistical design and analysis
    • impact, potential to change practice or influence future research
  • All presentations will also be judged on execution, taking into account:
    • quality of graphics and images
    • accuracy (data accuracy, typos)
    • clarity and quality of presentation

The following Physician-in-Training Awards are given out:

  • Top three (3) oral presentations
  • Top three (3) poster presentations
  • 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place in the Duel in Dermatopathology Resident Competition
  • Best Case Report and Best Study in the Fellows' Presentations


Contact ASDP at [email protected], or +1-847-686-2297.

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