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Alexander A. Fisher Resident Award

Each year, the American Contact Dermatitis Society presents the Alexander A. Fisher Resident Award for the best oral presentation by a resident or medical student at the Scientific Session of the Annual Meeting. The best papers presented will receive the Alexander A. Fisher Awards in the amounts of $1,000, $300 and $100. Award winners are required to submit an article based on their presentation to the society’s journal Dermatitis. Please note that poster presentations are not eligible for this award.

The following criteria are used:

Originality: How original or unique is the idea, observation or research? This criterion assumes that the applicant’s sponsor made a contribution, but it evaluates only the originality of the idea or concept, not the originator of the idea.

Design or methods used in the investigation or research: This criterion considers the appropriateness and cleverness of the design or methods used in the investigation or research, which includes such obvious parameters as appropriate patch test concentrations, reading times, controls and the like.

Logicality of conclusions: Do the conclusions reached by the investigator follow logically from the investigative methods used? Did the presentation make sense?

Clinical usefulness: How useful are the observations or conclusions to the clinical practitioner? Although laboratory research is welcome, emphasis is placed on the practicality of the observations or on conclusions that are applicable to clinical practice. This includes such considerations as the probability of seeing patients with a similar problem and the ability to use any new information to the immediate benefit of patients.

Audiovisual presentation: How clear are the slides? How clear was the presentation? How entertaining and enlightening was the presentation? Appropriate levity is not to be discouraged.

Three independent judges rate each of these criteria on a scale ranging from 0 to 5. The applicant accumulating the highest total point score will receive the award. In the event of a tie, the three judges will vote independently for one of the tied presentations. The total votes then determine the recipient of the award.

How to Apply. Complete the online Abstract Submission Form including:

1. Indicate your eligibility for the Fisher Resident Award.
2. Submit a letter from your Program Director confirming your status.
3. Return all application documents to ACDS by the published deadline.

Submit an Abstract

Additional questions can be directed to the ACDS office at (414) 918-9805 or by email at

Note: All residents attending the ACDS Annual Meeting receive free registration.


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