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Call For Abstracts:

The 2020 American Trauma Society, PA Division (ATSPA) Conference will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA on April 2-3, 2020.  The theme for this year’s event is: Prepare. Prevent. Provide.


We encourage advocates and professionals in the trauma field to share their innovative work and projects with colleagues throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.  We welcome you to submit an abstract for a poster for the 2020 ATSPA conference.  The Templeton Poster Showcase Lightning Round will be held on Friday, April 3 from 9:45-10:45 am.  We request all posters to be displayed no later than 8:30 am on Friday, April 3.     


New format for 2020!  The poster showcase will take place in a Lightning Round format as part of our general session.  Each presentation will be made by one author who will have 3-5 minutes to speak on their trauma-related topic.  The goal of the lightning round is to present information quickly and effectively during this short session.  Immediately following all of the lightning round presentations, the authors will be available for questions in the back of the room with their posters.  *Depending on the number of poster abstracts submitted, the Conference Planning Committee may need to limit the number of posters presented during the lightning round; although all accepted posters will be on display in the Red Room.     


Abstract guidelines include: 

  • Abstract submissions must be submitted online by Monday, November 25 at 11:45 PM EST using this link

  • Abstracts are limited to 500 words in four required areas:

    • Statement/purpose

    • Methods/approach

    • Results

    • Significance to the field

  • The poster should be a visual presentation of innovative and/or current findings related to a specific trauma-related topic, program, research findings, or intervention

  • Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent via email by December 11, 2019

  • If accepted, the presenter may attend the conference on Friday, April 3 with the registration fee waived. If attending both days, the presenter would only be responsible for the one-day conference fee of $150.00 in order to attend Thursday, April 2.  The presenter would be responsible for any other conference-related expenses, such as lodging, travel, etc.   

  • Please remember that any expenses associated the with preparation, printing, delivery, and presentation of a poster abstract is the responsibility of the author/presenter.


Online Abstract Submission Form includes:

  1. Full title of the abstract

  2. Learning Objectives (three learning objectives)

  3. Abstract Text (500 words maximum including statement/purpose, methods/approach, results, significance to the field)

  4. Injury-Specific Topic Areas

  5. Author/Presenter Contact Information (Name, Title, Organization, Mailing Address, Email Address, Phone)

  6. Author/Presenter Biography


Please direct any questions to Allyson Fulton at or 717-766-1616 x110. 

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