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Research Team


Extended - March 18, 2024

Midnight PST

Abstract Guidelines

Word Count
Not to exceed 250 words and one figure.


  1. Title: Descriptive title, list of authors and institutions

  2. Introduction: 1-2 sentence introduction describing background or rationale for the study or project.

  3. Methods: Description of methods used

  4. Results: Pertinent results presented with appropriate statistical analyses.

  5. Conclusion: Succinct study conclusions

  6. Figures: Up to two images and/or tables are permitted (file formats: JPG, PNG, BMP). Image content/text and captions do not count towards word limit.


Abstracts due

March 18, 2024
Midnight PST

Abstracts reviewed/chosen

April 1, 2024

Papers due
June 3, 2024
Midnight PST

Manuscript review
July 9, 2024
at conference

Reviews sent back
July 22, 2024

Final manuscript due
Sept 2, 2024

Upload to JPS
October 1, 2024

Abstract Categories

Scientific Category

Scientific abstracts may include original research, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, or large case series. Isolated case reports are not eligible for submission in this category. This category includes original scientific investigation designed to produce new knowledge or approaches. If a submitted abstract describes animal experimentation or involves the use of human subjects, authors must be prepared to provide IACUC or IRB approval numbers upon request. 


Best Practices Category

Best practice abstracts may include quality improvement projects, process improvement reports, expert panel consensus, or surveys of best practices/practice recommendations. This category may include ongoing or completed projects, including education programs, novel and innovative methods for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of a program or policy.


Presentation Format & Manuscript Submission

Presentation Format

Abstracts may either be selected for oral podium presentation or poster presentation. Presenting authors must register and attend the conference to present in-person.


Manuscript Submission

All research abstracts selected for presentation are invited to submit a full manuscript for publication in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, WPTC Special Edition. Abstract presenters will receive an email regarding manuscript preparation and deadlines. Manuscripts are generally due in early July. Authors must follow formatting instructions for the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

Notice: Prior Publication

Prior Publication

Abstracts submitted to the WPTC may not be published previously or presented elsewhere in its current form prior to Western Pediatric Trauma Conference 2024. Abstracts previously presented at local or regional meetings may be submitted for consideration.



Each year, the WPTC recognizes investigators for exceptional presentations and abstract contributions. Accepted abstracts will be eligible for the following:


  1. Young Investigator Award

    1. Please indicate at the time of abstract submission if the first author is a resident or fellow in order to be considered for this award.

  2. Kris Hansen Best Practice Award

  3. Scientific Poster Award

  4. Best Practice Poster Award

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