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Call for Abstracts


OSAP is seeking abstracts to be presented in a scientific poster format during the Annual Infection Control Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland on May 28-30, 2015. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 24, 2015.             

The objective of this call is to advance development of OSAP's dental infection prevention and patient/provider research and good clinical practice agenda across International boundaries, specifically related to:

  • highlighting standards and guidelines used by International OSAP members for the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) among dental patients.
  • prevention and control of occupationally acquired injuries and infectious disease among dental healthcare personnel.
  • provide a forum for the exchange of teaching and training experiences and resources.
  • research and innovation in dental infection prevention.
  • good clinical practices (case studies).


Abstracts may be submitted in one of the following categories:

  1. Instrument decontamination/instrument processing (e.g. methods, monitoring, handpieces
  2. Hand hygiene
  3. Personal protective equipment 
  4. Occupational health (e.g. HBV vaccine, sharps injuries & sharps safety systems)
  5. Quality management systems (e.g., documentation systems, IC coordinator)
  6. Surgery equipment (e.g., DUWLs)
  7. Education/training
  8. Infection Control in non-traditional dental settings (Mission trips)

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Abstracts must be submitted in the following format: The text of the abstract (not including the title and authors listing) may contain up to 300 words. The type font used must be no less than 12 points. Abstracts must be sent electronically using an MS Word format.  Submissions must include:

  1. Title - limited to 10 words. Use a concise title that indicates the content of the abstract. Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles, and species names. Species names should be spelled out at first use. Italicize scientific names for organisms. For marketed products, only generic names may be used (no trade names are permitted in abstract titles).
  2. Name of each investigator - Underline each OSAP member’s name and their affiliations. Place with an asterisk (*) after the name of the person presenting the poster.
  3. Issue - Identify the specific problems or needs addressed. Provide a brief introduction to the proposed topic. Include important background and current information on issues.
  4. Project - Description of the intervention/program.
  5. Results -Specific results in summary form.
  6. Lessons Learned - Summary of the lessons learned and implications.
  7. Acknowledgement of grants or other financial or material support.

Sample Abstract

Development of Institutional Policy Regarding Hepatitis B e-Antigen Positive Students


University of the Pacific, San Francisco, CA

Issue: The purpose of this presentation is to guide dental education policy-makers through the process of developing a comprehensive policy regarding the management of applicants who are hepatitis B e-antigen carriers. 

Project:  This project proposes to identify policy implementation among US and Canadian dental schools for applicants who have been identified as hepatitis B e-antigen carriers.  Numerous dental students have been dismissed from dental programs throughout the United States after dental school administrators became aware of their e-antigen carrier status.  This resulted in significant trauma to the student and occasionally legal action against the institution, illustrating the need for a policy that addresses the issue swiftly, fairly, and in a legally defensible manner. 

Results: A review of legal case history, anecdotal experience of schools that have previously identified carriers among their applicants or students, and the ethical obligation to provide safe delivery of health care services are key elements to development of policy.  All levels of dental education and allied programs would be influenced by this policy.  Generally, this presentation promotes standardization of infectious disease policies among dental educational institutions.  Once accepted the student’s physician submits health-screening information, including status related to hepatitis (antibody/antigen screening).  Students identified as e-antigen positive are managed by an institutional expert panel, which must include a medical professional knowledgeable in infectious disease transmission.  The panel determines whether or not the student may matriculate or, if already matriculated, continue.  Dismissed students may undergo treatment, which may result in reversal of their serostatus, and reconsideration of their application.

Lessons learned:  Specific policy should include the recommendation that applicants not be prescreened for HIV, AIDS or hepatitis, which are all protected disabilities.  Students who are accepted to programs should be informed of the policy prior to matriculation.  A well-constructed universal policy assists the dental education community in ensuring a safe treatment environment for the patients while managing affected students with compassion.

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Deadline for submission

All submissions must be received at the OSAP Central Office no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015. Complete submission form on page 3 and email along with abstract to:

Acceptance procedure

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Registration discount

All non-student applicants with accepted abstracts will be granted a $100 discount on symposium registration. If attendees have previously registered for the early-bird rate, this discount will be refunded to the people whose abstracts were approved. NOTE TO STUDENTS: All full-time students with abstracts that have been accepted will receive a special student-abstract rate of $75 for the symposium if registered by May 1, 2015.

Presentation format

Poster presentations will follow standard IADR format ( but the size will be AO in a portrait format: 46.8” H x 33.1” W; or in meters, 1189mm H x 841mm W.  Authors will be requested to staff their poster during the scientific abstract session (time to be determined).

ABSTRACT Submission form                  

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