Free papers will be invited from the Life members or Associate members of OSSAP as well as non members of OSSAP for presentation during the conference. Each member can present only one paper as the first author. Registered delegates can only present free papers during the OSSAP Conference.
All the scrutiny of the free papers will be done by the scientific committee of the organising team. They can be either poster presentation or Podium presentation.
Podium presentation : They can be grouped in the scientific session according to region / special techniques / specific diseases etc. Each session will be of one hour duration with five free papers. Each paper will be given 8 minutes for presentation and 2 minutes for the discussion. At the end of each session the certificate will be awarded by the chairperson of the session to the first author who presented the paper.
Poster Presentation : Standard size of posters shall be 175 cm x 85 cm inclusive of the title subject matter and photographs. The organising secretary shall make adequate arrangements for proper display of posters.
Judges for the poster / free paper presentation. There shall be two or three Judges, usually among the Past Presidents of OSSAP / Senior Orthopaedic Surgeons / Professors of Orthopaedics. The President and Secretary will finalize the names of the Judges from those who are attending the conference. They are required to maintain strict secrecy of their appointment.
The authors of poster shall be present in the hall during the visit of judge. The time and date of which shall be properly displayed and announced by the local organising secretary. The format for the judges shall be provided by the organising secretary.
The judges are required to judge all the free papers on the following points and award marks for each paper.
a) Review of Literature - 10
b) Subject - 10
c) Quality of Presentation - 15
d) Time - 15
e) Discussion - 10
f) Message/Practical Application - 10
The judges in consultation with each other will decide the best paper to award the medal and will convey the title of the paper and name of the author after the completion of the sessions to the Secretary.
A Gold Medal has been instituted in the name of Dr. Vyaghreswarudu, by his former students in 1971 for the best paper presented in the Annual Conference. A Gold Medal will be awarded to the first author of the best paper for the original work in the field of Orthopaedics. He should be an Orthopaedic Surgeon who is rendering his services in Andhra Pradesh and should be below the age of 45 years. The Gold Medal can be given not more than two occasions to the same individual. The recipient must be a life member and registered delegate.
A Silver Medal has been instituted named as Dhanvantari Medal by Dr. K. Ranga Rao in the name of Grand father late Hakim Ramakrishna who was a physician to H.E. the late Nizam of Hyderabad. The Medal should be awarded to the best scientific paper presented by a Post Graduate student in Orthopaedics. The recipient must be an associate member and registered delegate. The results shall be announced during the valedictory function of the conference. The medals shall be presented during the inaugural function of the next conference. The text of the best paper and the poster will be published in the OSSAP Journal or Souvenir of the next conference.