Bring Your Case to Case-Con at ACEP18

Come to the Marina Ballroom D in the South Tower, 3rd floor at the Marriott Marquis

Do you want to present an interesting Emergency Medicine case at one of the largest EM national conferences in the country? Are you looking for a way to strengthen your EM residency application? Are you interested in a chance to win a cash prize? 

Where:  Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom D, South Tower, 3rd fl
               ACEP18 Scientific Assembly - San Diego, CA
When:   Monday, October 1, 2018: 10a - 12

Medical Students: Enter Your Case Study in EMRA Case-Con!

Do you want to present an interesting Emergency Medicine case one of the largest EM national conferences in the country? Are you looking for a way to strengthen your EM residency application? Are you interested in a chance to win a cash prize?

If so, the EMRA Research Committee would like to invite all EMRA medical students to participate in Case-Con, EMRA’s first annual Emergency Medicine case study poster presentation contest, taking place this year at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Scientific Assembly 2018 in San Diego, California on October 1st, 2018. This is a fantastic opportunity to become a better presenter, network with residents and faculty at many institutions and take advantage of EMRA’s medical student programming and residency fair.

Complete presentations will include a 5-minute presentation to judges and audience followed by 2 minutes of group discussion and questions.  Presentations will be judged by a panel of EM residents/faculty. Three winners will be selected and awarded with cash prizes and publication of their case poster on the EMRA Research website.

Step 1: Get a Case

Emergency Medicine Cases with an uncommon presentation of a common illness, unique pathology, novel treatment technique or interesting pictures make great case studies. Meet with the attending or resident you worked with and ask them what their take on the case was. Is there a lack of awareness of the disease? Is there a meaningful teaching point to be made? Was a mistake made? How does your case relate to Emergency Medicine? Case studies serve a function as research in our medical community by giving physicians a more standardized method to sharing stories and anecdotal evidence. Share your story too!

Step 2: Submit an abstract

Case study abstracts should be at maximum one page in length (3000 characters) and divided into an Introduction, Case Description, Discussion, and Conclusion. The discussion and conclusion are your true places to shine. Do a literature search. Research other cases like yours and provide a review of these cases in your discussion. How is your case different? Cite your references with footnotes and include the full reference list on another page. The conclusion should be brief and be the take-home message of why you have written the case. Make sure to have a notable learning point the reader can remember. Don’t be afraid to include an attention-grabbing title to finish your abstract off.

Submit Your Abstract Today

The top 20 abstracts will be selected and move onto the next round, the poster presentation. Those selected will be notified on July 31, 2018.

Step 3: Submit a poster

If your abstract is one of the 20 selected, give yourself a pat on the back. Next, create a poster not exceeding 4 feet by 6 feet. Get pictures from your case, including medical imaging, to include in your presentation. Remember to de-identify the images. Images are a favorite of the audience! Do not include any Protected Health Information on the poster.

Submit a finalized PDF file of your poster by 11:59 pm on September 15, 2018. Print your poster, most school campuses have a poster printing office students may use.  Bring your printed poster to Case-Con.

Step 4: Present at Case-Con

Prepare a presentation no longer than 5 minutes. This presentation will be given standing next to your poster. Following will be 2 minutes for the judges and audience to ask questions. 


• First place: $250
• Second place: $150
• Third place: $100

Questions? Contact the EMRA Research Committee Case-Con Team at

We look forward to seeing you at EMRA Case-Con!

Aadil, Alex, and Will