2020 Call for Abstracts

This information represents the cancelled in-person meeting. Further details will be released in the coming weeks regarding the new virtual meeting, see here for additional information.  


Developed by AAP Sections and Councils, these programs provide a forum for the advanced discussion of clinical matters, research developments, or special interest areas. While geared toward Section/Council members, most programs are of interest to and open to all attendees. Presentation within each program is unique to the subspecialty or subspecialist area.

Please note: Section/Council Programs are held at various dates and times within the broader National Conference schedule. The AAP National Conference & Exhibition does not have a centralized poster hall where all abstracts will be presented.


  • May 1, 2020: Abstract submission closed 
  • On or before July 17, 2020: Abstract acceptance notifications sent to authors 
  • August 21, 2020: Abstract withdrawal cutoff at 11:59PM CDT

National Conference Abstract Policies

  • All presenters must register for the conference. Presenters are responsible for their own travel, accommodations, and conference registration fees.
  • Health professionals in any field are welcome to submit abstracts. Some programs may have membership or sponsorship requirements for submission.
  • Submissions are allowed in one program only, except Pediatrics for the 21st Century (Peds 21). Submitters may select to also be considered for this program and must select so during submission process. Please see below for information on guidelines to applying for Peds 21.
  • The presenting author/submitter will serve as the primary contact for all correspondence regarding the abstract.

Submission Guidelines

Each participating Section or Council has program specific guidelines listed below. Please review in addition to the following guidelines. 

  • Abstract text is limited to 450 words.
  • Up to two images and/or tables are permitted (Image captions do not count toward word limit).
  • Only individuals can author a submission. Study groups are not allowed to author a submission and will be removed.
  • Geographical location and name of institution and/or study site is permitted only where a significant variable to the study.
  • Use only standard abbreviations. Special or unusual abbreviations should be placed in parentheses after the first appearance of the full word.
  • Only online submissions (no physical mail or email considered).

Acceptance Guidelines

  • The decision regarding acceptance and presentation of a submission is final.
  • Accepted submissions are made available to the conference attendees and the public in advance of the meeting.
  • Accepted submissions will be published in the 2020 National Conference Schedule (online), Conference App and, where permitted, in an online edition of Pediatrics.
  • To withdraw your submission, email your request to no later than August 21, 2020.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

  • All cited authors must complete a Conflict of Interest Disclosure.
  • Failure to disclose may result in disqualification of your submission.
  • The submitter is responsible for ensuring his/her colleagues are aware of and comply with the disclosure requirement.
  • An author’s disclosure is relevant and specific to the content of the submission. If the potential conflict of interest relates to other content that will not be discussed within the presentation, the author does not need to disclose those relationships.
  • Please review the CME Disclosure Policy.


If you are planning to submit an abstract describing a quality improvement project you have participated in, you may be eligible for 25 American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 points.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, through its MOC Portfolio, will approve eligible peer-reviewed poster or platform presentations describing a quality improvement project presented at a Council or Section H Program at the National Conference for MOC Part 4 credit (25 points).  Any author or co-author of a poster or platform presented at the H program is eligible for this credit if they meet the requirements described below. Note: to be eligible for MOC credit, pediatricians must be individually named as an author at the time of abstract submission. Naming a network as an author and listing those members in another area of the abstract, poster, or oral presentation does not qualify.

There will be no fee for obtaining this credit if the author/co-author qualifies through the AAP MOC Portfolio (if they choose to apply directly to the American Board of Pediatrics, there is a $75 application fee). This program will only apply to pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties boarded by the American Board of Pediatrics. 

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2020 Participating Section/Council Programs

2020 National Conference Abstracts must have been submitted through one of the following 33 participating programs. Submissions were allowed in one program only, with the opportunity to opt in to present at Pediatrics for the 21st Century (Peds 21).

  • Pediatrics for the 21st Century Program | Guidelines

    • Topics in any aspect regarding the impact of racism on child health, addressing racial bias in healthcare settings, providing culturally effective care, increasing workforce diversity, and advocacy for equity-focused legislative or policy change.
    • To apply, you must have submitted your abstract to another program and indicate that you would like to also be considered for Peds 21. For more infromation on Peds 21, visit

  • Council on Clinical Information Technology Program | Guidelines 

    • Topics in pediatric informatics projects or research focusing on the development, implementation, or use of health information technology tools or platforms, or the application of clinical informatics, in the following child health domains: clinical practice, health services delivery, and/or public health (including the use of IT by patients).
  • Council on Community Pediatrics Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on trauma-informed care, integrating mental health services, relational health, and trauma and social determinants of health.
  • Council on Early Childhood | Guidelines 
    • Topics on successful approaches to promoting optimal early brain and child development, the impact of early education and child care, parenting, and early screening.
  • Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care Program | Guidelines
    • Topics on adoption, foster care or kinship care.
  • Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on injury, violence, and poison prevention.
  • Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on quality improvement and patient safety. In addition, we will have a health equity track.
  • Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on pediatric and young adult sports medicine and fitness relevant to the clinician.
  • Innovations in Obesity Prevention, Assessment and Treatment Forum | Guidelines 
    • Topics on innovations in obesity prevention, assessment and treatment at the point of care or in coordination with clinical care, engaging and partnering with families and improving clinical care through quality improvement, multi-disciplinary approaches, and/or leveraging health information technology.
  • Joint Program: Council on Child Abuse and Neglect and Section on Minority Health, Equity and Inclusion | Guidelines 
    • Topics on identification, management, or prevention of child abuse and neglect or Adverse Childhood Experiences, and identifying or improving child or family resilience.
  • Joint Program: Council on School Health, Section on Adolescent Health, and Section on Tobacco Control | Guidelines
    • Topics on school health, including racial equity, social determinants of health, school health as a pediatric training subject, serving community patients through school-based health centers (SBHC), and substance use. 

  • Joint Program: Section on Integrative Medicine and Section on Emergency Medicine | Guidelines 
    • Topics on evidence-based integrative approaches to treat common or serious conditions in pediatrics.
  • Joint Program: Section on International Child Health, Section on Surgery, and Section on Bioethics | Guidelines 
    • Topics on global child health.
  • Section on Advances in Therapeutics and Technology Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on advances in therapeutics and technology that promote children’s health. Also, clinical trials of vaccines/drugs/devices related to safety, public policy and law, practicalities of utilization in pediatric office settings, and use of electronic devices for information sharing with patients and families.
  • Section on Breastfeeding Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on breastfeeding.
  • Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on cardiology or cardiac surgery, including pediatric and adult congenital heart disease, pediatric cardiology and pediatric cardiac surgery.
  • Section on Child Death Review and Prevention Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on child death review, injury prevention, child abuse and neglect, and cardiac related deaths or near deaths.
  • Section on Critical Care Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on clinical care of critically ill and injured infants, children and adolescents, value-based care and nurse practitioner (NP) staffing models, safety, education, health policy, and quality outcomes are highly encouraged.
  • Section on Emergency Medicine Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on pediatric emergency medicine.
  • Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program | Guidelines
    • Topics on the experiences, care of, and advocacy for fetuses, infants, children, adolescents and young adults with serious illness and their families, advocacy for palliative care.
  • Section on Hospital Medicine Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on inpatient pediatric care.
  • Section on LGBT Health and Wellness Program | Guidelines
    • Topics on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) health and wellness.
  • Section on Medicine-Pediatrics Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on clinical cases that have a particular “Med-Peds” perspective.
  • Section on Minority Health, Equity & Inclusion Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on the health and care of marginalized children.
  • Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Program | Guidelines
    • Topics on neonatal perinatal medicine.
  • Section on Obesity Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on physical activity, exercise and fitness for children and adolescents.
  • Section on Oral Health Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on improving children’s oral health.
  • Section on Orthopaedics Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on pediatric orthopedic trauma, deformity, limb length or angular discrepancy, sports medicine, scoliosis and spine conditions, musculoskeletal pain or injury, foot and ankle, hand and upper extremity issues.
  • Section on Pediatric Trainees Program | Guidelines 
    • Any interesting cases.
  • Section on Surgery Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on pediatric surgery.
  • Section on Telehealth Care Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on telehealth care that may include patient care, research, education, and quality improvement.

  • Section on Tobacco Control Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on tobacco and child health.
  • Section on Transport Medicine Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on neonatal and/or pediatric transport medicine.
  • Section on Uniformed Services Program | Guidelines 
    • Topics on basic science research or research on the development, evaluation, or application of an emerging technology in pediatrics, clinical findings of or assessment of clinical diagnostic studies, therapeutic regimens, and outcomes leading to improved quality of health care for children, or any other pediatric-related topic.

Abstracts Archive 

Abstracts from previous National Conference & Exhibition programs are available for viewing:


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