Call for Proposals for 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting

Deadline: 5 p.m. EST (U.S.), November 10, 2016

The 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo is the largest and most important scientific meeting and tradeshow in clinical chemistry and lab medicine. The 2017 meeting in San Diego, California, is offered in conjunction with the Canadian Society for Clinical Chemistry. 

Submit a Scientific Session Proposal Now for the 2017 Meeting

The Annual Meeting Organizing Committee (AMOC) for the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo is soliciting high quality, innovative proposals (speakers, topics, and formats) for the meeting’s scientific sessions. The AMOC strongly encourages new learning formats that present the newest cutting edge science.

Submissions on all aspects of laboratory medicine are welcome. The 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting will be organized into several topic tracks, including but not limited to: 

  • Precision Medicine
  • Ethics in Lab Medicine
  • Clinical Applications of Emerging Technologies
  • Non-traditional Roles for Clinical Chemistry
  • Assessing Drug Burden (Toxicology of THC, vaping, and designer drugs)

2017 Wallace Coulter Lecture

Leading our scientific program in 2017 will be the Wallace Coulter Lecture, “CRISPR Biology, Technology & Ethics: The Future of Genome Engineering,” on Sunday, July 30. The Coulter Lecture will be presented by 2017 AACC Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award winner Jennifer Doudna, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley.

How to Submit a Proposal

DEADLINE: 5 p.m. EST (U.S.), November 10, 2016

All proposals must be submitted electronically. Scroll to the bottom of the page to submit.

Please check your submission to ensure all necessary information is provided. Proposals missing required information may be delayed or rejected.

Acceptance of proposals is at the discretion of the AMOC and will be based on relevance and quality. In the interests of providing a balanced educational program, the AMOC reserves the right to make modifications to any proposal, including speakers, content, and session format.

Scientific Session Proposal Content

All proposals must include:

  • Session description (50 – 60 words)
  • Needs assessment (why is this education important for AACC Annual Scientific Meeting attendees?)
  • Learning objectives (e.g. at the completion of this session, participants will be able to demonstrate _________.)
  • Format description (for Symposia and Short Courses only)
  • Target audience description

Proposals should also indicate the level of material to be presented to help potential attendees determine if the programming is appropriate for their level of background knowledge and experience.

Levels include:

Basic: Content should be appropriate for participants whose previous training or experience in the subject is minimal.

Intermediate: Content should be appropriate for participants with general knowledge and training in theory and application of the subject.

Advanced: Content should be appropriate for participants with extensive knowledge of current theory and practice who wish to refine and enhance their skills or to learn the newest principles and techniques.


The electronic submission system will not allow storage of partial submissions. You cannot save your unfinished submission and come back to it later. You must complete your entire submission at one time. Incomplete electronic submissions will be lost and the applicant will have to start the submission process from the beginning.

It is essential that all session faculty are contacted and agree to participate in your session prior to the submission of your proposal with the understanding that the invitation is not necessarily an acceptance of the session, speakers, or format. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rejection of your submission.

If your session has been developed in cooperation with an AACC division or other organization, the proposal must include the title of the division or organization, the name and contact information of the division or organization officer(s) who were involved, and a brief description of how the division or organization assisted in the development of the session proposal.

Proposals developed in cooperation with other clinical organizations must be submitted to the AACC Clinical Societies Collaboration Committee (CSCC) prior to October 1, 2016. These proposals will be evaluated and then the moderator will be given feedback prior to November 10, 2016 so that the proposal can then be submitted. Contact David Sacks, CSCC Committee Chair, at if you have a proposal for review or questions regarding these types of submissions.

Session Types, Formats, and Materials

Please consider formats that will optimize the educational experience and learning. Links to resources will be made available on the sessions submission web site . All proposals must describe the format for the session and should indicate if the session will use any interactive tools (audience response, group formats) or if it will be a lecture or panel. Use your imagination and submit formats that you’ve experienced that were successful. Be creative.

Possible options include:

  • Case Studies
  • Point/Counter Point
  • Active Learning Formats
  • Audience Response Systems (polling, assessing pre- and post-education)
  • Debates
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Small Group Discussions
  • Mock Trials
  • Other successful adult learning formats
  • Include a description of your session format

Educational sessions for the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo include:

  • Symposia and Short Courses
  • Brown Bags
  • AACC University (Short Courses, Sunday AM only or PM only). AACC University takes place on the Sunday before the regular meeting and there is a separate a la carte fee for sessions. AACC University is for attendees who might not be able to attend the regular sessions during the week or who are interested in a particular additional topic or speaker. AMOC reserves the right to choose which proposals will be placed within AACC University.

Symposia and Short Courses will be scheduled as follows:

Sunday (AACC University)





AM (10:30 – 12 Noon)

AM (10:30 – 12 Noon)

AM (10:30 – 12 Noon)

AM (10:30 – 12 Noon)

AM (10:30 – 12 Noon)

Mid-Day (12:30 – 2)

PM (1:30 – 4)

PM (2:30 – 4)

PM (2:30 – 5)

PM (2:30 – 5)


Brown Bags will be scheduled as follows:




AM (7:30 – 8:30)

AM (7:30 – 8:30)

AM (7:30 – 8:30)

PM (12:30 – 1:30)

PM (12:30 – 1:30)

PM (12:30 – 1:30)

Brown Bag sessions are small discussion groups meant to provide an  opportunity for intimate and active exchange between an individual knowledgeable in the field and up to 10 registrants. In addition, this provides a great opportunity for first-time presenters to participate in an international meeting. Young laboratorians are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Only one speaker per Brown Bag session is permitted. Accepted sessions will be given twice on the same day by the same speaker.

Speakers are encouraged to draw participants into focused discussions and to stop often for Q&A, dialog, learning exercises, and debate.

Course materials are expected and essential.

All sessions will require handouts to be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the meeting so that attendees can download the materials prior to arriving at the annual scientific meeting.

New This Year: AMOC members will review each handout before it is made available for participants to download or print the handouts for their use. Details will be provided in acceptance letters. Speakers who do not upload their handouts will not receive their per diems for their sessions.

Speakers must provide their presentations electronically at least 15 days before the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting begins through the online presentation management system. This allows AACC to organize all presentations in advance. Additional information will be provided in acceptance letters.

Faculty Travel Support

Speakers’ travel will be paid by AACC if travel arrangements are made through the AACC official travel agency, Globetrotters. Up to 2 days per diem (rate yet to be determined) and a complimentary basic conference registration will be provided.

Please note, moderators do not receive complimentary conference registration or any reimbursement of travel and per diem.

There is also no travel reimbursement, per diem, registration waiver, or honorarium provided for Brown Bag speakers. A meal voucher will be provided for the speaker at the morning and the afternoon Brown Bag sessions.

As explained in the “Course Materials” section, speakers who do not upload their handouts will not receive their per diems for their sessions.

There are no honoraria associated with these sessions.