EMRA Case-con

Case-con: EMRA's Research Presentation Competition

When: Sunday, September 29, 2024
Time: 1 - 5 pm Pacific Time
Where: Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Herd of Zebras! Case-con at ACEP

We’ve all had the experience of seeing a notable patient case in the ED; whether it’s that diagnostic mystery that has puzzled you since your first EM medical school rotation, or that unusual presentation of what turned out to be a staple EM diagnosis that you saw as a resident last week. Seeing new things (or familiar things presenting in novel ways) is one of the rewarding aspects of practicing EM at any career stage.

Turn your interesting experience into a chance to present original research on a national stage!  Case Reports are among the most accessible forms of research, whether you’re a seasoned researcher or hoping for your first publication.

What is a Case Report?

Case reports are based upon an interesting patient encounter.  They are brief descriptions of uncommonly documented disease processes, rarely reported presentations (or treatments) of known diseases, or previously unreported complications of established treatments.

For examples, check out the Case Report section of the Annals of Emergency Medicine site, or browse winning cases from past CaseCon events via links below!  If you are not sure whether your case qualifies as interesting, feel free to email the Case-con team.

How do I submit a case to Case-con?

The first step is to submit a page-long abstract of your Case Report.  The deadline by July 14, 2023.

Submit an abstract

2023 Resident Competitors:

  • Luke Montgomery, MD (Kent Hospital) presenting An Unwelcome Christmas Present: Pott Puffy Tumor in a 14-Year-Old Male
  • Riddhi Paudel, MD (University of Kansas School of Medicine) presenting Short but sweet: A Rash in the Emergency Department
  • Sonja Eagle, MD (Stanford University Emergency Medicine) presenting Isn’t that the Common Cold? A Case of Ataxia Following Rhinovirus Infection
  • Abisola Oyeniran, MD (University of Connecticut) presenting A Not-So-Cute Abdomen: Unusual Presentation of Right Lower Quadrant Pain in a Pediatric Patient
  • Eileen Francis, MD (Abrazo Health) presenting In Nec deep: A Case of Ludwig Angina Complicated by Cervicofacial Necrotizing Fasciitis
  • Victor Oboli, MD (Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center) presenting Lemierre Disease–An Unusual Cause of Neck Pain
  • Joe Elfrink, MD (Medical University of South Carolina) presenting Unilateral hemiparesis as the presenting symptom of a spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma
  • Zachary He, MD (Ohio Health Doctors Hospital) presenting Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis: When Step 1 Pathology Comes to Life
  • Trent Williams, DO (Garnet Health Medical Center) presenting Ocular Ischemic Syndrome and ACS, presentations may vary, acuity should not
  • Aleta Mizner, DO (Allegheny General Hospital) presenting Resident Physician
  • Kellan Etter, DO (Carilion Clinic - Virginia Tech Carilion) presenting Vital Signs for a Reason: Revisiting Refractory Tachycardia In the Diagnosis of ALL
  • Katie Lebold, MD, PHD (Stanford University Emergency Medicine) presenting Pediatric Tuberculosis: Forgotten but Not Gone

2023 Medical Student Competitors:

  • Kelsey Newbold(Midwestern University - Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine) presenting Dual Sequential External Defibrillation for Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation Cardiac Arrest
  • Haleigh Ferro (Johns Hopkins University) presenting Autoimmune Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein Astrocytopathy (GFAP-A)
  • Rohan Banerjee(University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine) presenting Neurosurgical Sequelae in a Case of a Morel-Lavallée Lesion
  • Michael Makutonin(George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences) presenting Get Your Clots While They're Hot! An Atypical Presentation of Pulmonary Embolism
  • Aliza Siddiqui(Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science) presenting Unveiling the Unconventional: A Pediatric Case Report of Tubo-Ovarian Abscess with Sigmoid-Adnexal Fistula
  • Amanda Dahl(Georgetown University School of Medicine) presenting In Plain "Sight": A Rare Case of T-Cell Prolymphocytic Leukemia with Ocular Involvement
  • Sarah Zarzeczny(Saint James School of Medicine) presenting Health Care Workers Really are the Worst Patients: A Case of Waiting Too Long with Appendicitis
  • Sana Khan(Hamdard College of Med & Dentistry, Hamdard Univ) presenting Surgical Never Events

2022 Resident Category Winners

First Place: Arvin Jundoria, MD The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Second Place: Tony Fabiano, MD University of Cincinnati
Third Place: Jordan Ohlsson, MD UTHSC Memphis

2022 Student Category Winners

First Place: Alexander Lupi Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Second Place: Eli Rogers University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Third Place: Gabriella Bulman Mayo Clinic


See the 2021 Winners
See the 2020 Posters and Winners
See the 2019 Posters and Winners
See the 2018 Posters and Winners

What is Case-con?

Case-con is a poster presentation contest of interesting/notable emergency medicine cases. Presentations will include a 5-minute presentation followed by 2 minutes of group discussion. Presentations will be judged by a panel of EM residents and faculty. Three winners will be selected from each group of students and residents.

Wanna Judge?

Senior residents are needed to select abstracts and score presentations at ACEP Scientific Assembly.

What Do I Do?

Step by step guide to participating in Case-Con.

Submit Your Abstract Today

Guide for Presenters

  • Authors are asked to submit a word document (3000 character limit) with a description of their proposed case presentation.
  • Subtitles to include:
    • Introduction
    • Case Description
    • Discussion (with notable learning points)
    • Conclusion
  • Authors selected for case presentation will then submit a .pdf version of their case presentation poster.
  • Presentations will be judged based on the Case-con Rubric.

Judging Abstracts

Abstract submissions and presentation rubrics will be used to select abstracts for the competition and during the competition by the judges.

Topics of Interest

  • Uncommon presentations of common illnesses
  • Interesting (de-identified) clinical pictures
  • Any case that you think has an interesting teaching point
  • Novel treatments / techniques

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Case-con is poster presentation contest of interesting/notable emergency medicine cases. Presentations will include a 5-minute presentation followed by 2 minutes of group discussion. Presentations will be judged by a panel of EM residents and faculty. Three winners will be selected and awarded cash prizes!