How to Submit a Proposal

The deadline has passed for submitting a scientific session proposal for the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a proposal.

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Requirements for Submission

All completed session proposals must include:

  • Session Title
  • Session Overview
  • Intended Audience
  • Needs Assessment: What are the professional practice gaps that need to be addressed and why? The identified education need must be supported by at least two needs assessment sources.
  • Learning Objectives (See additional guidance on writing learning objectives in the FAQ About Planning Educational Sessions.)
  • Moderator and Speaker Conflict of Interest Disclosure Forms. These must be submitted in order for a proposal to be considered for acceptance.

Proposals developed in cooperation with other clinical (non-laboratory medical) societies must also be submitted to the AACC Clinical Societies Collaboration Committee (CSCC) via AACC staff at prior to October 11, 2019. These proposals will be reviewed and if necessary, the moderator will be given feedback prior to October 25, 2019 so that the proposal can then be submitted through the online proposal submission system on time. Contact David Sacks, CSCC Committee Chair, at if you have questions regarding these types of submissions.

Session Types and Materials

Session Types

Educational session types for the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo include:

  • Scientific Sessions - 1.5 and 2.5 hours
  • Roundtables - 1 hour (Delivered twice daily)
  • AACC University - 3 and 6 hours. These courses are scientific sessions solicited by the AMOC.


Roundtable sessions are small discussion groups meant to provide an opportunity for intimate and active exchange between an individual knowledgeable in the field and up to 10 registrants.

Only one speaker per Roundtable session is permitted. Roundtable speakers must complete their conflict of interest disclosures along with their proposal submissions. Accepted Roundtable sessions will be presented twice on the same day by the same speaker, in the morning and at lunchtime.

Speakers are encouraged to draw participants into focused discussions and to stop often for Q&A, dialog, learning exercises, and debate.

Required Session Materials

All sessions require course materials/handouts to be submitted no later than June 26, 2020. Course materials/handouts include your PowerPoint presentation as well as any other supplementary material for attendees.

Speakers must submit their presentations electronically through the online presentation management system. Details with instructions on how to submit presentations and handouts will be provided in 2020.

Continuing Education Credit Standards

Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Credits

Opportunities for employees of commercial interests to speak at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting are limited. Employees of commercial interests* are not permitted to participate as faculty (moderator or speaker) in continuing medical education (CME)-accredited activities unless it can be demonstrated that the activity content:

  • Is not about or related to the business lines or products of their employer.
  • Is limited to basic science research (e.g., pre-clinical research, drug discovery) or the processes/methodologies of research that are unrelated to a specific disease or compound/drug. 
  • Is not related to clinical applications of the research/discovery or clinical recommendations concerning the business lines or products of their employer.

*Per ACCME, a commercial interest is “any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.” ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests unless the provider of clinical service is owned, or controlled by, an ACCME-defined commercial interest.

Diagnostic laboratories are not ACCME-defined commercial interests and employees of diagnostic laboratories are eligible to submit proposals and to participate in the meeting as speakers/moderators if their proposals are accepted. Some exceptions may apply.

Sessions deemed acceptable for CME credit must be relevant to the needs of physician audiences and must conform with ACCME criteria for planning and implementing educational sessions for physicians.

Advances in Clinical Chemistry Education and New Technology (ACCENT) Credits

ACCENT®  is Advances in Clinical Chemistry Education and New Technology (ACCENT®) and is an accreditation for lab professionals certified by AACC. Through this program AACC accredits providers to sponsor continuing education in clinical chemistry and other topics in clinical laboratory science.

The ACCENT® program gives clinical laboratory professionals a system by which professionals can earn and document continuing education credits required by many states and organizations for state licensure and/or professional certification. ACCENT credits are accepted by:

  • American Association of Bioanalysts
  • American Society of Microbiology
  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
  • American Medical Technologists
  • Association of Clinical Scientists
  • International Federation of Clinical Chemistry
  • National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel
  • The National Registry of Certified Chemists
  • States of California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

Accredited sessions must:

  • Demonstrate a healthcare problem, issue, or change exists that impacts laboratory medicine professionals.
  • Contain at least two clear and measurable educational objectives that will enable the audience to overcome the healthcare problem/issue that impacts their professional practice.
  • Feature content appropriate for the educational level of the intended audience that will enable the audience to overcome the healthcare problem/issue that impacts their professional practice.
  • Allocate a reasonable amount of time to accomplish the suggested content and educational objectives.
  • Provide instruction by competent and qualified faculty.
  • Emphasize education and must not promote any commercial interests or their products.
  • Be evaluated as to quality and achievement of objectives.

Faculty (moderators or speakers) who are involved in both ACCENT- and CME-accredited activities must also meet ACCME compliance standards.