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2018 DRS Annual Meeting


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Course Overview and Intended Audience

This meeting is designed for a variety of clinicians, researchers, resident physicians, fellows and students from a wide range of disciplines including gastroenterology, neurology, otolaryngology, radiology, speech-language pathology, nutrition, biomedical engineering, dentistry, pediatrics, psychology and basic sciences, who take care of patients with swallowing disorders, including aspiration, and/or conduct research on patients with swallowing disorders.

Post-Graduate Course
March 14

Intuition, Decision and Precision:

The Role of Clinical Reasoning, Expertise & Big Data in Predicting and Managing Dysphagia

Our morning session will explore the art and science of intuition and the impact clinical reasoning and expertise have on everyday clinical decision-making. Join us as we explore our minds and how we navigate patient care. In the afternoon, we will explore the rapidly growing field of precision medicine and how big data can be used to help us make big decisions about individual care by exploring the impact of genes, environment and lifestyle on disease risk and dysphagia.

Didactic presentations for each session will be followed by clinical grand rounds, where experts will break down their decision-making process with challenging cases. We are finalizing an exceptional line-up of faculty to provide new insights into how we think and why we can predict a brighter future for our patients.

And back by popular demand…we will have an afternoon concurrent session focused on building successful research careers for Early Investigators.

Main Course Overview
March 15-17

Our Annual Meeting will be filled, as always, with cutting edge scientific research presentations—from poster to podium. In addition, we will have invited presentations from experts around the world on Multidisciplinary Approaches to Tracheostomy Management, Esophageal Dysphagia Across the Lifespan, and Novel Approaches in the Future of Clinical Dysphagia Practice.


Hotel Information and Registration Rates

The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland is the headquarters hotel for the 2018 DRS Annual Meeting. Nightly rates and meeting registration rates are available by clicking here.

Abstract Submission

Online Submission is Now Open, click here to submit your abstract. 

Abstract Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. NOON United States Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

The DEADLINE for submission of ALL abstracts is Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:00 p.m Eastern Daylight Time. NO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DEADLINE. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. If you have started an application and it is not complete by the deadline, it will not be accepted. Since electronic submission systems can get backed up and other events, both natural and unnatural, can occur, please start and complete the application process early.

Acceptance Notification

Presenting authors will be notified of acceptance decisions via email by the week of November 6, 2017.


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