Instructional Courses (60 or 90 minutes)

Non-Research – These courses offer introductory, intermediate, and/or advanced level training in a specified area of study. Courses that offer only advanced level training will typically require a certain amount of familiarity with the topic. Instructional Courses may be taught in any format. Fifteen minutes of Q+A per course is encouraged.

Junior Investigator (10 minutes)

Research and Non-Research – Platform papers presented by Student Members or Early Career Members who are either current professionals in training or in their first year post-graduation may be considered for the Junior Investigator Award. The highest-rated eligible papers will be selected to compete in the Junior Investigator session for recognition and a $1,000 award. Winners will be selected based on demonstrated excellence in structure, impact, validity and delivery of their basic science or clinical work. Papers not selected for the Junior Investigator session will be considered for other sessions. To be considered for this Award, indicate interest on the submission agreement. Presentations should be eight minutes with two minutes reserved for Q+A.

Panel Discussions (60 or 90 minutes)

Non-Research – Panel sessions promote discussion on a debatable topic by offering different viewpoints and allowing for questions from the audience. Panels will start with a brief introduction by each panelist followed by a moderated discussion. Include all panelists and moderator in the author section of the submission. ACPA will assign session chairs to panels selected for presentations to further stimulate discussion. Each panel discussion is expected to include 15 minutes for Q+A.


Research and Non-Research – Presenters will make physical posters to present during several short, dedicated poster sessions. Presenters are required to be with their posters during the general meeting breaks of their assigned session. Presenters will also be asked to submit a digital copy of their poster to be included in the virtual Annual Meeting materials.

Platform Paper (10 minutes)

Research and Non-Research – Topics are presented during general and concurrent sessions throughout the meeting. Presentations should be eight minutes with two minutes reserved for Q+A.

Platform Paper – Team Coordinating and Nursing Track (10 minutes)

Research and Non-Research – These presentations should focus on the day-to-day administration and organization associated with managing a cleft and craniofacial team, as well as issues that team members face on a daily basis. Important problems that may be emphasized are team and parent communication, initial patient contact, clinical practice issues, feeding a baby with a cleft, and long-term management of the team patient. In this category, abstracts will be accepted for 8-minute lecture presentations followed by two minutes for Q+A.

Short Talks (5 minutes)

Research and Non-Research – “Ideas & Innovations” and “Short Talks” have been combined into one five-minute category, now only called “Short Talks”. “Short Talk” definition: Topics may include new research or clinical techniques, a special case, or clinical innovation.

Study Sessions (60 minutes)

Non-Research – Study Sessions offer in-depth instructional information on various aspects of multidisciplinary team care. Fifteen minutes of Q+A per session is encouraged.