COVID-19 abstract submission

COVID-19 abstract submission

Medicine 2020 abstract booklet. View all successfully shortlisted abstract here.


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change lives, and the Royal College of Physicians is concentrating on supporting physicians who are working under huge pressure to care for patients.

We are happy to announce the reopening of our abstract competition to focus on COVID-19. We recognise that there will be an influx of ongoing research around the pandemic and want to use our annual conference as a platform for you to share your work with your peers. These new posters will be presented at Medicine 2021 and eligible for the prizes. We are also delighted to share that that one author will be selected to present their research orally at our COVID-19 session at Medicine 2021.


Our abstract competition is a fantastic way to get your research recognised on a national platform. Whether it’s an ongoing piece of work or an initial idea, we want to hear from you.

As well as a great opportunity to improve your academic portfolio, authors of successfully selected abstracts will have the chance to discuss their work with speakers at the conference following their presentation.

What’s more, you’ll also be in with a chance of winning one of our coveted prizes:

  • the presenter of the winning abstract will receive £1,000
  • the two runners-up will both receive £500 each
  • all successful abstracts will be published in the RCP journals after the Medicine 2021 conference
  • presenters of the winning abstracts will each receive two tickets for the Harveian Oration and dinner in October 2021.

Guidelines for submission

Please note that there is a 500-word limit for any abstracts submitted. Further information regarding reference styles etc will be given to you when you start your submission.

Deadline for submission is 5 October 2020. 


Submissions will be peer-reviewed through a ‘blind’ reviewing process, and authors will be notified of the outcome of review in November 2020. Each abstract will be scored out of five against each of the following criteria:

  • impact
  • quality of evidence
  • originality of research
  • relevance to clinical practice
  • quality of presentation.

Presentation and publishing

All accepted abstracts must be verbally presented on day one of the conference, Thursday 7 January. The three winning entries will be announced on day two, Friday 8 January.

The presenter of the poster will need to register and pay as a full delegate to be able to present their poster on Thursday 7 January. Co-authors are also expected to pay if they wish to attend the conference.

There can only be one presenter per poster, regardless of how many authors have contributed to the abstract.

By submitting an abstract, all authors are agreeing to publication.

For any queries, please contact or call +44 (0)20 3075 2389.