How to Submit Your Abstract

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All instructions must be completed as directed. Failure to comply with the instructions may lead to your abstract being rejected prior to review even if it is otherwise acceptable. Additionally, do not submit your abstract more than once.

Please review the instructions below in their entirety before proceeding with your poster abstract submission. All poster abstracts must be submitted online. If you have any additional questions, please reference our FAQs or contact Oasis Technical Support via e-mail at [email protected] or phone at (217) 398-1792.


AACC’s online submission site will take you through a series of steps. To access and use the site:

  • Return user. If you used the AACC online submission site in previous years, you created a unique login and password for yourself. Please use that login for this year’s data. You can retrieve your 2020 login from the current site by using the “Click here if you have forgotten your password” link.
  • New user. If you are new to the site, you must first register to obtain a login and password. The login will enable you to return to the site to add another abstract without having to re-enter your data. You can also use the login and password to check the status of your abstract.
  • Follow the instructions provided on each screen to submit your abstract. See Submission Steps below for a detailed description of these instructions.
  • After submitting your abstract, you will be able to view the status of your poster abstract(s) including final disposition and presentation instructions when this information is available.
  • If you need help, please direct questions via e-mail to [email protected] or contact Oasis Technical Support at (217) 398-1792.
  • Abstracts must be submitted through AACC’s submission site no later than 5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on April 14, 2021. No extensions will be granted.


AACC’s online poster abstract submission site will guide you through each step. Progress may be saved and resumed at any time but your submission must be completed by 5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on April 14, 2021. You will be prompted to select and/or complete the following when submitting a poster abstract:

  • Abstract title – Use title-casing (i.e., all words are capitalized except for minor words unless they are the first or last word of the title). Do NOT use all capital letters.
  • Oral presentation – AACC will consider high-scoring poster abstracts for oral presentation; select whether you would like your poster abstract to be considered.
  • Topic – See poster abstract topics below.
  • Division – Select the AACC Division(s) with which your poster abstract most closely aligns.
  • Keyword (up to 3 keywords)
  • Author – Enter all author(s) information. Note that the first author is the presenting author.
  • Abstract (300-500 words or less) – Text is limited to 500 words or less. If a figure, graphic, or table is included, the limit is 300 words or less. The preferred structure is:
    • Background
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusion

    Before submitting your abstract, be sure to review How to Format Your Poster Abstract for full instructions on how to format your abstract.

  • Division Abstract Awards – Several AACC Divisions provide abstract-based awards for outstanding research. You MUST select whether you would like to be considered for these.
  • Student Research Award – AACC has several abstract-based awards for early career members. You MUST select whether you would like to be considered for these. You will also be required to upload a brief letter on institution letterhead from a supervisor verifying your training status. PDF is the preferred file format.

    Learn more about all AACC abstract awards here.


Submissions must identify a primary topic from the list of submission topics below.

  1. Analytic Techniques and Applications. Includes technologies such as chromatography, electrochemistry, immunology, mass spectrometry, point-of-care testing, spectrophotometry, and other techniques used for the analytical analysis of samples and their applications for laboratory medicine and patient care.
  2. Data Analytics and Informatics. Includes automation, bioinformatics, EMRs, information systems, machine learning, omics studies, and other approaches to the collection, processing, and analysis of laboratory information.
  3. General Clinical Chemistry. Includes general areas and universal lab issues such as standardization, and biorepositories. This topic also includes areas in the pathophysiology of organ systems including, for example, endocrinology, gastroenterology, and nephrology.
  4. Hematology and Coagulation. Includes concepts of hematology and coagulation in laboratory medicine such as in vitro diagnostic assays and management of patients with bleeding and thrombotic disorders. This topic also includes transfusion medicine.
  5. Laboratory Management and Leadership. Includes topics of billing and reimbursement, ethics, quality management, laboratory developed tests, method validation, regulatory issues, and other aspects of managing a laboratory. This topic also includes laboratory leadership areas such as building next generation pipeline, staff management, and supervision.
  6. Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Includes concepts, techniques, and applications related to microbiology such as antimicrobial stewardship, infectious diseases, vaccine development, microbiome studies, virology, and bacteriology.
  7. Molecular Diagnostics. Includes all topics utilizing molecular techniques such as next generation sequencing, PCR, and microarrays to identify variants at the DNA and RNA levels in hereditary and acquired diseases including cancers. Includes genomic and genetic topics in molecular diagnostics.
  8. Laboratory Stewardship and Patient Safety. Includes areas on minimizing risk and improving outcomes through error prevention, detection, root-cause analysis, process improvement, and patient-centered laboratory services. This topic also includes patient-centered testing such as selecting tests, interpreting results, and meeting regulatory standards that take the patient and patient’s financial responsibilities into consideration.
  9. Preanalytical and Post-analytical. Includes areas outside sample analysis that affect test results and patient care. This includes topics in the preanalytical and post-analytical phases such as decision support tools, test utilization, sample collection (including phlebotomy), specimen and analyte stability, transportation and storage, intraindividual variability, and results reporting (including reference intervals).
  10. Precision Medicine. Includes areas of laboratory medicine in which diagnostic and/or therapeutics are tailored to the individual.
  11. Special Patient Populations. Includes laboratory topics that are related to pediatric, maternal-fetal, geriatric, and transgender patient populations as well as any other special patient population requiring special consideration.
  12. Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring. Includes topics related to therapeutic drug and/or toxic compound kinetics and dynamics, drugs of abuse, drug effects, patient compliance, clinical presentations in different exposure conditions, in vivo compound toxicity, and considerations for measuring these analytes.