Want to know how your AAEP Annual Convention program came together?
The Scientific Review & Editorial Committee (SREC) is charged with creating and reviewing educational content to produce high-quality CE for the AAEP. The committee is composed of AAEP member volunteers from both small and large private practices as well as academia and industry. Members include both general practitioners and specialists.
The San Antonio program includes invited papers for the “In-depth” and “How to” sessions as well as sessions comprised of papers that independent authors submitted for consideration. Topic choices for the invited “In-depth” and “How to” sessions are based on member feedback from AAEP CE Needs Analysis surveys. Topic session leaders are selected by the Program Chair, and then these session leaders invite a slate of speakers to prepare the papers that become an “In-depth” overview or a series of related “How to” talks. Although invited, these papers undergo a rigorous peer review process by the SREC.
Papers submitted by independent authors are each assigned 3 reviewers from the SREC. The reviewers do not know the names of the paper authors. Content is scored using the criteria of Study Design, Study Quality, Innovation and Impact, Practicality, and Manuscript Quality. This year 122 papers were submitted for the 59 available slots on the program.
Non-scientific sessions addressing business, ethical and industry concerns are also planned as the scientific program materializes. Speakers who are invited to participate in these sessions prepare papers that are also reviewed by members of the SREC for inclusion in the Proceedings.
The peer review process for the AAEP Proceedings is rigorous. It requires an enormous effort by every one of the 50+ members of the SREC to create the best possible program for the AAEP membership. Many volunteer hours were spent putting together San Antonio program, so please thank them for all their hard work creating this program for you.
When reviewing the educational program, sessions may have a session type listed as part of the title. Below are the four types of sessions offered:
The Business of Practice
Focus on the non-medical aspects of practice that are essential to a healthy bottom line.
Walk step-by-step through procedures that have been deployed successfully by your colleagues. Afterwards, you’ll possess the information to evaluate the technique and determine whether to implement in your practice.
Dig deeper into important medical topics. These sessions feature fewer but longer presentations, enabling a thorough exploration of key components of the topic.
Enlist the knowledge and experience of your colleagues to work through common challenges and identify solutions within specific areas of equine medicine. These facilitated discussions are informal but highly informative, and draw upon the collective expertise of all attendees.