Abstracts must be related to one of the following topics:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory
  • Acute Medicine

  1. Each abstract will be reviewed by the course executive. The top four abstracts in each subject will be invited to present as an oral presentation. Other notable submissions will be invited to present as a poster presentation.
  2. Abstracts must describe the case history, problems encountered and details of how mistakes/difficulties were addressed, including outcomes from local M&M or governance meetings (if applicable).
  3. Each abstract is limited to 250 words. Please only include standard abbreviations.
  4. Abstracts must be submitted using the online REGISTRATION FORM.
  5. REGISTRATION and payment for the conference is required for a submitted abstract to be considered for presentation*
  6. Submission or acceptance of an abstract is not required to attend. Please complete the "Attendance without abstract submission form".

*If your submission is not accepted for poster or oral presentation and you no longer want to attend your registration fee can be refunded. A refund will only be made in respect to cancellations made more than three weeks prior (03/02/16) to the course date (24/02/16). An administration fee of £5 will be payable.

  • Abstract submission deadline:   18th January 2016
  • Results of abstract selection process released:   22th January 2016
  • Conference Date:   24th February 2016

The course a fee will be requested to cover costs, including lunch, refreshments and a drinks reception that evening at the National Liberal Club.
We would highly recommend you attend the three-course dinner in the Lady Violet Room on the evening of the 24th February to get to know the other trainees. A supplement of £30 will be required.

Early Bird (before December 20, 2015):   £80    |    Standard:  £100    |    Dinner Supplement:  £30


Example case – An unusual risk factor in a young MI

A 43 year – old gentleman with rheumatoid arthritis requiring biologic therapy presented to A&E with epigastric pain and vomiting. The patient had no chest pain or traditional cardiovascular risk factors.

A baseline ECG demonstrated left bundle branch block only with no further dynamic changes. The patient was reviewed by the acute medicine SHO and admitted with gastroenteritis. Several hours later, a secondary review was performed by the medical registrar. Suspicious of the story, he reviewed the notes and found an earlier ECG performed by the ambulance crew, which demonstrated a normal sinus rhythm.

A troponin was added and found to be significantly raised. The patients pain by this stage had resolved, as he had undergone a completed myocardial infarction. He was deemed not appropriate for emergency PCI – thereby missing the window for optimal therapy.

In summary, this patient had a significant cardiovascular risk due to rheumatoid arthritis. He presented with an atypical history and abnormal ECG, which in retrospect should have been identified immediately.

Learning points:

  1. ECGs demonstrating possible ischaemic changes should always be reviewed in the context of a previous baseline whenever possible.
  2. Rheumatoid arthritis is an independent and significant cardiac risk factor.