Hospital Medicine Symposium Clinical Vignette Abstract Competition

The Hospital Medicine Symposium is a one-day conference, hosted by the Ohio State University Division of Hospital Medicine, focused on high-value aspects of caring for hospitalized patients. The symposium this year will be held Friday, Oct. 2nd, 2020, at the Fawcett Center (2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210). The 2020 conference includes a poster competition for medical students and residents. We encourage all students and residents across the region who wish to present clinical vignette cases with relevance to the fields of adult or pediatric hospital medicine to apply. We will consider abstracts that are submitted to other conferences as well.

The deadline for abstract submission is July 31, 2020. Those accepted will be invited to participate in the poster competition at the symposium, which is scheduled for approximately 3 p.m. on Oct. 2nd, 2020. All students and residents accepted for poster presentation will have the registration fee for the symposium waived. Participation in the full day of the symposium is encouraged, though not required to participate.

The posters will be evaluated and winners chosen on the day of the symposium. Participants must be present to participate in the poster competition.

View 2020 OSU Hospital Medicine Symposium Schedule


Pick a case.  Abstracts will be judged by their clinical relevance, educational value and writing quality. Not all submissions need be truly new cases. They can have a fresh spin on a classic case or add a new element. A known disease presenting in a confusing way can be an excellent teaching case. A new treatment for a known disorder with unusual clinical factors could be an excellent case. 

Pick a faculty mentor. All medical students should have a faculty mentor. Residents may benefit from faculty mentoring as well.

Writing Your Abstract  

There is a separate sheet for abstract submission, this is required for your application.

Download abstract submission sheet

Abstract requirements: Abstracts should follow the format below.

Abstract: 450-word limit.  Please follow this format: Introduction (optional), Case Presentation, Discussion, Conclusions.  
References, if applicable.


Author: Include your name and your advisors’ names

Introduction: Most abstracts start with an introduction that explains the background and clinical relevance for the case.  

Case Presentation: Describe the history, physical examination, test results and the patient’s progress and outcome.  

Discussion: In the discussion, you will review the conclusions of the patient’s case and expound the teaching lessons for the case. 

Conclusion: In the conclusion, you highlight the key take-away points from the case. This can be done in a short paragraph or bullet points.  

You may find the American College of Physicians’ suggestions for writing a clinical vignette abstract helpful.  

Deadline: The deadline for submission is July 31, 2020. You will be notified if your abstract was accepted by the end of August. If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to create a poster for the Hospital Medicine Symposium Poster Competition on Friday, Oct. 2nd, 2020.  

Submit Abstract

For questions about the poster competition, please contact:

Eric Nolan, MD
Clinical assistant professor of hospital medicine at The Ohio State University and expert educator with Part 2 of the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Ohio State Hospital Medicine Symposium Clinical Vignette Abstract Evaluation Rubric

Importance and Relevance to Clinical Problem  
1) Does not illustrate an important clinical problem
2) Illustrates a clinical problem of little importance 
3) Illustrates a somewhat important clinical problem 
4) Illustrates an important clinical problem.
5) Illustrates a moderately important clinical problem
6) Illustrates an important clinical problem of extreme importance

Educational Value
1) No insight into clinical practice or education
2) Little insight into clinical practice and education
3) Provides some insight into clinical practice and education
4) Provides adequate insight into clinical practice and education
5) Provides insight into clinical practice and education
6) Provides complete insight into practice and education  

Discussion of Relevant Literature
1) No discussion of relevant literature
2) Little discussion of literature
3) Some discussion of literature
4) Adequate discussion of literature
5) Above average discussion of literature
6) Complete discussion of relevant literature  

Quality of Writing  
1) Writing is poor and disorganized  
2) Writing is somewhat disorganized
3) Writing is adequate
4) Writing is clear and organized. 
5) Writing is done well and organized
6) Writing is high quality and organized 

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