Residents, medical students, and fellows are invited to participate by sharing their research projects and practice experiences at the 2015 APA Annual Meeting.  Submission is open from June 20 to September 30, 2014. Research projects are accepted for each of the following categories:

PATIENT-ORIENTED AND EPIDEMIOLOGY PROJECTS - These projects focus on the clinical patient-oriented and population-based research. Case studies are not accepted for this category.
Example: "Characteristics of Antipsychotic Users from 2003 to 2010 in the United States"

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS - These projects focus on the development of education interventions, curricular innovations, and novel applications of technology to the learning process.
Example: "A Randomized Controlled Study Using Virtual Patients to Enhance Medical Students’ Empathic Communication"

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE PROJECTS - These projects deal with experiences related to contributing to the local community, improving access to resources, and increasing the quality of the lives of individuals and communities through direct action. Mental health advocacy and activism projects are also accepted in this category.
Example: "Using Mental Health Outreach Teams in the Emergency Department to Improve Engagement in Treatment"

PSYCHOSOCIAL AND BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH PROJECTS – These research projects focus on interrelation of biomedical, psychological and/or social variables.
Example: “The Impact of Maternal Childhood Abuse on Obstetrical Outcome: A Transgenerational Effect"

CLINICAL CASE STUDIES - These studies offer in-depth, multi-faceted explorations of complex clinical issues in their real-life settings
Example: "The Line Between Delusion of Pregnancy and Pseudocyesis: A Case Report and Literature Review"

All posters will undergo expert review from editors of Academic Psychiatry. An award will be given for the best poster within each category at the APA meeting. 

Guidelines for abstract submissions are as follows:
1. Only those students and residents who are qualified will be allowed to enter the competition. Membership in the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is not required.
2. The resident/student must be first author.
3. While working with senior colleagues is encouraged, the work submitted must be primarily that of the resident/student, rather than of the senior faculty member or investigator. 
4. Only one submission per presenter per category is allowed.
5. Only generic drug names are to be used in the abstract or on the poster.

Residents whose abstracts are accepted for poster presentation must attend the 2015 APA Annual Meeting and be present during the session to discuss their findings and answer questions.

Who are Qualified to Enter this Competition:
• Medical students from US osteopathic or allopathic medical schools
• Psychiatry resident and psychiatry-subspecialty fellowships (ACGME-, RCPSC- and AOA-approved programs)
• Residents from other medical specialties