Call for Abstracts for FETP International Night 2017

FETP International Night 2017



The Division of Global Health Protection, Center for Global Health (CGH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) are co-sponsoring FETP International Night at the 66th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference. The 2017 EIS Conference is scheduled for April 24 – 27, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. The International Night is planned for the evening of Wednesday, April 26th.

Current trainees/fellows and those graduating after January 1st 2016 from field-based training programs in applied epidemiology, laboratory, and public health practice are invited to submit abstracts (in English only) for consideration (see details below).  Priority will be given to current trainees/fellows.

Abstracts should cover investigations or projects undertaken and completed during training and within the past two years (i.e. no earlier than December 2014). We are interested in abstracts describing outbreak investigations, implementation and evaluation of public health programs or surveillance activities, and other areas in applied epidemiology or public health practice. In particular, abstracts and presentations should emphasize how the results of the investigation or an analysis were used to direct public health actions, and also describe or estimate the public health impact.

Abstracts submitted for consideration should be original. In particular, the abstract should not represent work already published in peer-reviewed journals or previously submitted to an international conference.  Please refer to the attachments for guidance on abstract format, suggestions, and evaluation criteria.

Six abstracts will be selected for oral presentation and 21 abstracts for poster presentation.


  • Deadline for final abstracts.  The deadline for abstracts to be received via TEPHINET is Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm USA - EST.  There will be no extensions to this deadline.
  •  Submission of abstracts:  Individuals submitting abstracts should coordinate submission with their program directors/resident advisors.  Program directors/resident advisors should encourage and assist their fellows/graduates to submit abstracts to the program.
  •  Program Rankings:  Because of limited space for presentations during FETP International Night and a desire to maintain a broad representation of programs, a maximum of 10 abstracts can be submitted from any single program and 1 abstract per person (first authors).  In the case of a program submitting multiple abstracts for consideration, program directors/resident advisors should rank them and provide this ranking to the FETP International Night organizers.  The results of the independent peer-review will take precedence in determining abstract acceptance; however, if there are ties or minimal differences in final scores within a given program’s submissions, the director’s/resident advisor’s input will be considered in determining the final selection.  Priority for financial support will be given to the abstracts accepted for oral presentation.
  • Web-based abstract collection. Abstracts will be collected from program directors/resident advisors through a web-based system. This system will be setup at the TEPHINET website. The website address and specific instructions on how to upload abstracts using the website will be communicated to you shortly and well before the abstract submission deadline. {NOTE: Please do not send abstracts for FETP International Night consideration to the EIS office.}
  • Evaluation.  All abstracts submitted for International Night will be reviewed by three epidemiologists.
  • Acceptance.  Program directors/resident advisors will be notified of abstract(s) acceptances by February 27, 2017.
  • Conflict of interest and biographical information. Authors of selected abstracts will be asked to submit a conflict of interest form. Biographical information will also be collected to facilitate continuing education accreditation of the conference.
  • Additional information. Please see attachments at the end of this email for detailed instructions and suggestions for abstract preparation to share with FETP and FELTP trainees/fellows and graduates.


The Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development and TEPHINET will present the 19th William H. Foege Award at FETP International Night 2017. This award recognizes the abstract that best exemplifies an outstanding public health intervention and highlights investigations in which epidemiology leads to improvements in program implementation or other public health actions.

The Award is given in honor of Dr. William H. Foege, who was one of the pioneers of WHO’s strategy of disease surveillance and containment that successfully eradicated smallpox from the world. Dr. Foege also served as director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was on the Global Task Force for Child Survival, which later evolved into the present-day Task Force for Global Health. He helped persuade the pharmaceutical company Merck to contribute over nine million doses of Ivermectin to treat and prevent river blindness around the world. He serves as a powerful advocate for using epidemiology to improve the health of the public, especially children.

Only abstracts accepted for oral presentation at FETP International Night 2017 will be considered for this award.

See below for the PDF attachment containing abstract submission instructions and evaluation criteria (note: you must be logged into to view attachments) or click here to download the PDF.