Print Page | Contact Us | Report Abuse | Sign In | Join
Academy Annual Meeting
Share |

Call for Presentations

to be presented at the

American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
45th Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium
March 6 - 9
Caribe Royale, Orlando

The deadline for submission has passed.

The Clinical Content Committee will review ALL abstracts as potential Thranhardt Lectures, unless the author designates that they do not want their paper considered. The committee will select the 2018 Howard R. Thranhardt Lectures and Free Paper presentations and will notify the authors of their selection. Abstracts will be peer reviewed by the Clinical Content Committee, which reserves the right to accept or reject abstracts.

Free Paper submissions should offer solutions to common problems, patient and practice management techniques, innovative uses of technology, or current research findings. The content and/or presentation of the information will promote quality or improvements in orthotic or prosthetic care. Free Paper presentations are 12 minutes in length and are organized and presented along with other similar presentations based on subject area.

The Thranhardt Lecture Series is part of an education fund that was established in memory of Howard R. Thranhardt, CP by the Southeast Hanger Companies. The Clinical Content Committee identifies, reviews, and selects the Thranhardt Lecture abstracts. Those selected present their papers at a designated time at the Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium.

Thranhardt presenters are expected to present on the clinical, research, statistical analysis, results, and conclusions of their abstracts. Each presentation is 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of Q&A with the audience. A $500 honoraria will be awarded to the two Thranhardt presentations. The abstracts identified as the Thranhardt Lectures will be sent to the JPO Editorial Review Board for potential inclusion in a future issue of the JPO and become a course on the Academy's Paul E. Leimkuehler Online Learning Center.

Abstract Content

  • The purpose of the abstract is to define the precise content of the presentation to the audience. Abstracts must adopt the introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and conclusion (IMRAD) format.

  • The results of the study must be included in the abstract. You may not state that the results will be presented or discussed.

  • Include references using the Harvard style of author name and year in the text of the abstract (Author, 1999). Do not use numbered references or footnotes.

  • If submitting an abstract to provide an overview of a clinically relevant subject, such as a case study, new technique or literature review, outline the learning objectives and report on the methods used to compile the information or develop a given technique, and all major conclusions.

  • Method - If appropriate, use the standard presentation adopted in scientific papers. Subjects: sample size, demographics, medical conditions, as appropriate. Research tools: gait analysis, surveys, questionnaires; other instruments. Procedures: what was done by whom to whom. Data Analysis: processing of data; statistical design; statistical tests.

  • Summarize your results. Include graphs or tables as appropriate. Ensure that these fit within the column width. Alternately, place them at the bottom of the page in a single column format. Use black and white graphics. Do not use color or shaded backgrounds.

  • Discuss your results. Relate your results to those of other authors. State the primary conclusion and clinical implications, if any, of your work. Indicate any future directions you may be pursuing.

  • In an effort to maintain the clinical relevance of the conference, every abstract will need to include a brief indication of its clinical applications.

  • The promotion of a specific proprietary business or commercial interest is strictly prohibited.

  • View a properly executed Sample Abstract Form.

  • All abstracts must be original work, attributable to the author.

  • It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure accuracy of content, spelling and presentation.

  • This abstract, if accepted, will be published exactly as submitted in the Annual Meeting Journal of Proceedings.

Deadline for submission
has passed


Submitting Your Abstract

The Abstract Form and the Abstract Application must be submitted together. The Abstract Form may be downloaded from the Abstract Application page. The Abstract Application provides contact and biographical information for the author and other important details about the abstract.

The Abstract Form

  1. Your abstract is to be typed in the space provided on the Abstract Form by replacing the existing text.

  2. Figures are acceptable and must be included within the Abstract Form in the spaces provided.

The Abstract Application

  1. A two-line description of the presentation must be included as part of the Abstract Application. This description will be included in the Preliminary Program if your paper is accepted.

  2. The lead author's full name with credentials, contact information, and biographical sketch are required. This information enables the committee to contact the lead author if any clarification is needed.

    ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSIONS - Place the Academy address and phone number in the address and phone spaces on the application as the program does not accommodate international addresses. The address to use is 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 760, Bethesda, MD 20814. The phone number is 202.380.3663.

  3. Include the full names and credentials of additional presenters when applicable.


  1. Follow the additional instructions at the top of the Abstract Application. Proceed below by pressing the Abstract Application button. There you will find a link to download the Abstract Form.

  2. To decline the consideration of an abstract as a Thranhardt Lecture, contact Emily Ferrin at

  3. You will receive a confirmation within 48 hours. It is your responsibility to confirm receipt of your abstract if you do not receive confirmation from the Academy.

The abstract submission deadline has passed.

QUESTIONS? Call (202) 380-3663 or email



The American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 760
Bethesda, MD 20814
(202) 380-3663