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Session Proposal Types

Business-related Clinical Workshops

The topics covered in these Clinical Workshops should focus on the business aspects, including economic, legal, political and social aspects of running a sleep center. These sessions are appropriate for addressing business challenges that clinicians face in their daily practices.

Patient-related Clinical Workshops

The topics covered in these Clinical Workshops should have a substantial scientific and clinical basis. Clinical Workshops may utilize a variety of formats, such as case discussions or review of polysomnograms with a panel of "master" clinicians or lecturers reviewing a clinical topic followed by group discussion. If case discussions are used, the chair is responsible for ensuring that the cases are of high quality, and that appropriate data are available for discussion.

Discussion Groups

Discussion Groups will be scheduled beginning at 1:00pm on Sunday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Discussion Groups are forums for a less formal presentation of a topic within a two-hour time slot. Audience polling will be available for discussion groups through the SLEEP 2018 mobile app. A maximum of 8 participants, including the chair, is allowed. Co-chairs are not permitted. Discussion group chairs will be given the option of providing up to five questions by May 1, 2018. Further details will be provided with discussion group acceptance notifications.

The APSS encourages conversations on controversial subjects and pro/con discussions or presentations. These sessions should stimulate interest and discussion with the audience without extensive data presentation or use of audiovisual equipment and without necessarily reaching a conclusion. A question or series of questions should be introduced by the panel of discussants to start the session. A Discussion Group proposal must be presented within the guidelines stated. Proposals that are structured similar to a Symposium will be considered as such and evaluated with the Symposia proposals.

Symposia

Symposia will be offered beginning at 1:00pm on Sunday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Symposia sessions are allotted a two-hour time slot to present the latest data and ideas on topics in sleep medicine and sleep research. Individual presentations, which should be approximately 30 minutes each including questions, should be integrated on the same topic. A maximum of 4 speakers, including the chair, is allowed. A fifth participant may be added if the chair intends only to give a brief introduction. Co-chairs are not permitted.

Symposia chairs should be aware that individuals are limited to one invited presentation per meeting in order to encourage a wide variety of speakers and promote diversity of content at the meeting. In the event that a speaker exceeds this limit, the Program Committee reserves the right to request chairs of accepted Symposia to select a different speaker. To promote diversity within the content of the meeting, research studies should not be submitted for both Symposia and oral abstract presentations.

Rapid-Fire Symposia

In an effort to increase opportunities for junior investigators, the APSS Program Committee created the Rapid-Fire Symposia to allow junior investigators to present exciting and cutting-edge science. These symposia are geared towards a young cross-section of scientists (senior graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty with a rank of Assistant Professor or below).

Rapid-Fire Symposia will be offered beginning at 1:00pm on Sunday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Rapid-Fire Symposia sessions should be presented by young scientists (Assistant Professor and below), but up to two senior investigators are allowed. Rapid-Fire Symposia are allotted a two-hour time slot to present the latest data and ideas on topics in sleep medicine and sleep research. Individual presentations, which should be approximately 20 minutes each including questions, should be integrated on the same topic. A maximum of 6 speakers, including the chair, is allowed. A seventh participant may be added if the chair intends only to give a brief introduction. Co-chairs are not permitted.

To promote diversity within the content of the meeting, research studies should not be submitted for both Rapid-Fire Symposia and abstracts.