Mark E. Josephson Abstract Competition & VT Innovation Award

DEADLINE EXTENDED to September 17th

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Fellows and Early-Career EPs (an Attending Physician who is no more than 3 years removed from completion of their Fellowship Training) are invited to submit your abstract of original research for the opportunity to present to thousands of your colleagues worldwide. Research can be in the form of clinical studies, basic science investigations, or preclinical studies relevant to the diagnosis or treatment of ventricular arrhythmias. Your abstract must convey original research but can include portions of previous abstracts and/or manuscripts presented elsewhere.

Submitted abstracts will be judged by an expert panel, and the authors of the top 2 abstracts will be invited to the Symposium (registration, travel, and lodging scholarships will be provided). The top 2 abstracts will be invited to present during the Mark E. Josephson Abstract Competition & VT Innovation Award Session on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at the Bellevue Hotel Philadelphia, which will also be streamed online in real time. The session will feature the abstract presentations and post-presentation discussion with the panelists, who, after a brief deliberation, will announce the winning abstract.

The author of the winning abstract will be awarded a prize of $1,000 and a plaque to commemorate their achievement, and the runner-up will be awarded $500 and a plaque to commemorate their achievement. Additionally, each of the 5 top abstracts will receive publication within an issue of JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Abstracts Submission Policy and Guideline Summary. Please review before Submission.
Submission Deadline: September 17, 2023.

  • Eligibility Criteria: Fellows who are currently enrolled in (or entering a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship program or an Attending Physician who is no more than 3 years removed from completion of their Fellowship Training)
  • Abstract Composition: Abstracts should convey original research in the form of clinical studies, basic science investigations, or preclinical studies relevant to the diagnosis or treatment of ventricular arrhythmias.
  • The abstract character limit is 5000, including spaces. Figures and/or tables may be included, but count for 500 characters each.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • Please do not include your Title or Author information in the body of your abstract, as these should only be included within the application that will accompany your abstract.
  • Notification: A decision on your abstract will be provided by mid-September directly to the email address used for submission.   
  • In-person attendance required: The 2 Abstract Finalists must attend the Symposium on-site to present their work as virtual participation is not permitted. A scholarship will be given to those who submit the top 2 abstracts which will pay for registration, 2-night hotel stay (October 12th and 13th) and coach/economy air travel.  


Abstract Competition Application

Please download and complete the application in full and submit with your Abstract and your updated CV by or before the submission deadline of September 10, 2023.     


As a tribute to the late pioneer, Dr. Mark E. Josephson, the VT Symposium organizers created the Annual Mark Josephson Innovations in VT Abstract Competition Award, which recognizes novel research in the diagnosis or treatment of ventricular arrhythmias.

Dr. Mark Josephson was a transformational figure in the field of cardiac electrophysiology and a pioneer in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Dr. Josephson dedicated his career to improving the lives of patients suffering from arrhythmia disorders and to training subsequent generations of electrophysiologists. His book, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology: Techniques and Interpretations, is the definitive text on the subject. Born in New York City in 1943, Dr. Josephson graduated from Trinity College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York and his fellowship in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He spent two years as a research associate at Staten Island Public Health Service Hospital, where many of his innovative ideas were first put into practice in collaboration with cardiologists there.

Dr. Josephson contributed both clinically and scientifically to the community of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, ascending the faculty ranks to become Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in 1981. In 1992 he became the director of the Harvard-Thorndike Arrhythmia Institute and in 2001, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Throughout his career, Dr. Josephson was devoted to teaching and training the next generation of cardiac electrophysiologists. His nurturing of his fellows who became life-long friends, produced the second generation of clinical electrophysiologists that have made many important contributions of their own to the growth of clinical EP. They now have their own students entering the world of electrophysiology, with these generations ensuring the legacy of Dr. Josephson’s legacy will long-endure.



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