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Abstracts

Level:
Foundation
Area:
Medical Communication
Code:
MCF18a
Duration:
03:30:00
Workshop profile:
This workshop is primarily intended for medical writers who write publications, posters, or conference presentations and who want to improve their abstract writing skills. Medical writers who write summaries that must fit strict format and word limits can also benefit from this workshop. Participants should have some experience writing manuscripts, posters, or conference presentations.
Objective:
A well-written abstract allows a reader to quickly understand what an article, poster, or presentation is about, and in many cases, they are the only thing they see. They are also used by journal editors to determine whether to select a manuscript for publication and by conference committees to determine whether a study warrants an oral presentation. Therefore, the abstract needs to capture the reader’s interest and transmit the key messages and information, all within strict limitations of length and format. This can pose a significant challenge, even to experienced writers. The objective of this workshop is to learn to identify and condense the key information from a study into the limited number of words and appropriate format for an abstract.
Content:
Participants will learn about the purposes of abstracts; key considerations in abstract writing; the different kinds of abstracts and what they should and should not contain; problems in abstracts and how to avoid them; tricks for shortening text; and guidelines for abstracts. During the workshop, participants will work in groups to write and edit abstracts.