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Overview and Description

This year marks our 44th Annual Academic Competition. This contest is a scholarly competition designed primarily to encourage and stimulate the writing of professional papers and the presentation of professional posters. An added purpose is to promote the awareness of the role of the Health Sciences Library in support of patient care, continuing professional development and research.

The contest is open to residents, fellows, medical and doctoral students, allied health professionals and nurses currently enrolled in student programs and students in clinical rotations from the entire North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

The subject of the paper or poster is at the discretion of the author, but should be based on work connected with the Clinical Campuses. The form of presentation should be similar to that of articles in professional journals or posters exhibited at National Meetings. Although a contestant may confer with senior staff during the preparation of the paper or poster, the entry presented must be written by the contestant as the first author.

An Abstract for paper and poster submitted is reviewed by at least two judges who are instructed to use a uniform system of grading. The papers and posters are judged according to originality, significance, case description and discussion or methods, and presentation. Authors of paper abstracts that are selected in the first round of judging are asked to prepare full length papers. These papers are then submitted to a second round of judging. First and Second place papers are selected in each category. Authors of poster abstracts that are selected in the first round of judging are asked to submit full poster exhibits to be shown to the public at the Academic Competition. A panel of judges will review each of these posters and a first and second place will be awarded in each of the categories.

Since we value each contribution, every paper and poster receives meticulous attention and review. In order to provide equal competition, the categories chosen reflect the types of submissions and the academic achievement of the contestants. These categories are divided into basic science, case reports, clinical science research, education outcomes research, and literature and clinical topic reviews. Nursing and Allied Health have a separate category under Poster and Paper Presentations.

The Annual Academic Competition Committee extends their appreciation to all the participants for their effort, work and writings.

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