Scientific Abstract, Chest Pain Case and Nurse Coordinator Breakout Session Submissions

Scientific Abstract

Deadline for submission: September 1, 2017

Symposium registrants are invited to submit scientific abstracts depicting original research or clinical practice relevant to the field of fetal cardiology. Outstanding abstracts describing basic scientific research and clinical studies on fetal cardiovascular development, diagnoses and/or treatment of fetal cardiovascular abnormalities, and other perinatal cardiology topics will be considered for oral presentation at the Symposium.

Written abstracts should be submitted in English and must be limited to 300 words. Abstract should include the following elements: title; last name, first name, and degree of each author; institution where the research was performed (include city and state or country); background/hypothesis, materials and methods, results (include statistics if appropriate), and conclusions. Title should be type in upper case and define the topic and not contain abbreviations.  Generic names for pharmaceuticals, biologic and medical devices should be used in place of trade names. Tables and figures will be accepted as images and should be numbered and titled/described clearly. Submit the abstract as an attachment to with the subject line “Abstract Submission” to alert Antwanette Peoples, Symposium Coordinator, of your submission.

Deadline for written abstract submission is September 1, 2017.  Authors will be notified by email no later than September 22, 2017 as to the acceptance status of the abstract.  Authors of all accepted abstracts will create a PowerPoint/Keynote slide presentation that will be no longer than 12 slides (including title slide).  These presentations should be uploaded in completed form to the Symposium Dropbox account. Deadline for PowerPoint/Keynote slide presentation submission is October 20, 2017.  These electronic presentations will be available for self-guided viewing by Symposium attendees throughout the conference.

If your abstract is selected for oral presentation, you will be notified at the time of the acceptance of the written abstract. Oral presentations will occur from 7-8 a.m. on October 29-31, 2017 in the main ballroom.  Oral presenters will present from their accepted PowerPoint/Keynote slides.  Presentations should be no longer than 10 minutes to allow for 5 minutes of questions and remarks.  Oral presenters will be notified of their assigned presentation time prior to the conference.

Accepted scientific abstracts will be submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal as part of the proceedings of the 8th Phoenix Fetal Cardiology Symposium.  The presenting author must register for the conference and will receive a $100 refund on their registration fee if their abstract is accepted.

Chest Pain Cases

Deadline for submission: September 1, 2017

Symposium registrants are invited to submit a Case that Gave Me Chest Pain for oral presentation during the General Session.  A Case that Gave Me Chest Pain presentation will be no longer than 10 min with no more than 10 Power point/Keynote slides.  This case should be a challenging fetal cardiac case that illustrates either a rare fetal cardiac diagnosis or a challenging variation of a more common fetal cardiac diagnosis.  Only cases with de-identified images will be accepted for presentation.  There will be approximately 5 minutes for moderator and audience discussion after the presentation.

Deadline for submitting cases is September 1, 2017. Please upload your case presentation slides with your embedded echo clips to the Symposium Dropbox account.  Please email Antwanette Peoples at with the subject line “Chest Pain Case Submission” to inform her that you have uploaded your presentation. Authors will be notified by email no later than September 29, 2017 as to the acceptance status of the case.

Presentations will occur during the Symposium in the main ballroom.  The presentation time will be given after notification of acceptance.  If your case is accepted for presentation, please bring your presentation on laptop or thumb drive ensuring that your video clips move smoothly.  Presenters should bring their laptop or thumb drive to the AV table at the back of the main ballroom during the break prior to the scheduled presentation time.

In the spirit of fun competition, the course directors will announce the winner of the best case presentation at the end of the Symposium with an award.  Judging will be based on the quality of presentation, the interesting nature of the case, and the severity of chest pain induced in the audience!

Nurse Coordinator Breakout Session Submissions

Deadline for submission: June 1, 2017

On Sunday, October 29th from 8 am to noon, there will be a Nurse Coordinator Breakout Session. This is a great opportunity to bring coordinators together from programs across North America and beyond for collaboration. To meet this collaboration goal, we are inviting the fetal cardiology nurse coordinator from all institutions to propose a relevant lecture topic that they would speak on during the coordinator breakout session. From these submissions, we will be selecting up to 6 speakers to present at the Nurse Coordinator Breakout Session.

If the fetal cardiology program coordinator at your institution is a professional other than a nurse (e.g. social worker, research coordinator), they are welcome to speak on a relevant topic as well. Suggested relevant lecture topics include patient educational materials, NPC-QIC (National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative), fetal cardiology research, and others. The presentations are intended to lead to a round table, collaborative discussion inclusive of all in attendance at the breakout session.

As part of the process to select speakers for the Nurse Coordinator Breakout Session, we are asking coordinators to submit a proposal on a relevant lecture topic that they could authoritatively speak on during the coordinator breakout session.

  • If you are selected as one of the 6 speakers to present at the Session, Phoenix Children’s Hospital will pay your Symposium general session registration fee (a $795 USD value-early bird registration fee).
  • Lectures should be 20 minutes in length (unless prior approval received) and relevant to the fetal cardiology program coordinator role.
  • If you are interested in speaking & want to be considered for one of the six registration fee sponsorships, please submit a relevant lecture topic and brief lecture outline to Lynn Litwinowich at by June 1st 2017. Speaker selections will be announced by June 15th, 2017.

If you need more information on this speaking opportunity, please contact Lynn Litwinowich.