Guidance on Abstract and Learning Objective Content For Medical Dosimetry Students


The purpose of the abstract is to convey the significance of your work and to describe your contribution. Reviewers are looking specifically at what you did when they evaluate your abstract, so this has to be clear. Reviewers also want to understand how your work has led to new information. Do not be afraid to include statements using “I” or “we” to describe the experiments you did and the conclusions you reached to ensure that your contributions are understood by the reviewers. Similarly, include a sentence or two at the beginning of your abstract about the context of your work and another sentence or two at the end about how your findings advanced the field. This will help the reviewers.

The submission will consist of 2 pages. One page will be the abstract; the second page should be supporting data. The supporting data may be in tables, graphs, etc. The body of the abstract should be limited to 500 words.

The first author must be a practicing medical dosimetrist or a student that is currently attending a JRCERT accredited medical dosimetry educational program.

For abstracts submitted by Medical Dosimetry students, a signed letter from the program director or a CMD co-author must accompany the submission that indicates the poster was reviewed by this person prior to the student submission.

The abstract submission will be electronic, using either a Word Document or a PDF.


Learning Objectives

You are being asked to provide 3 number of learning objectives.

  1. A learning objective should describe what the reader should know or be able to do after reading your poster. In other words, what are the take home messages that the audience will have after reading and viewing your poster?

    Example: The reader should describe the effect of the choice of photon energy on the calculated surface dose of lung tumors.

  2. These learning objectives are NOT intended to describe facts that the author did not explain but assumed the reader to have prior knowledge. For a list of accepted learning objective verbs click here.

  3. The learning objectives CAN NOT describe unproven conclusions.

    Example: The reader will be able to explain how the VMAT head and neck treatments will increase cure rates compared to 7 field IMRT treatments.