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Call for Sessions: 2019 Annual Educational Conference

Call for Session Proposals for the Annual Educational Conference Only

*Note: This page contains submission instructions for the main conference. To submit a proposal for the Coordinator Forum, click here.

The ACGME invites session proposals for the 2019 Annual Educational Conference, which will take place March 7-10, 2019 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Proposals should be designed to educate designated institutional officials (DIOs), program directors, coordinators, and others in graduate medical education (GME).

Sessions should be interactive and display creativity and innovation in areas that meet the needs of the GME community.

Proposals should demonstrate collaboration, especially in the areas of:

  • Safety and quality
  • Resident/fellow/faculty well-being
  • Competency-based medical education and assessment
  • Diversity
  • GME/hospital administration/C-Suite collaboration
  • Interprofessional, team-based collaborative care
  • Promoting meaning in the work of a physician
  • Approaches to improving the clinical learning environment
  • Expanding learning communities
  • Faculty development and engagement
  • Use of simulation
  • Educating residents and fellows for practice in 2025 and beyond

If the proposed session discusses operational solutions that can be purchased, discussions must be limited to the solutions with no mention of proprietary products. It is contrary to ACGME policy for the ACGME to endorse, or appear to endorse, a particular product.

Two 90-minute session types are available for presentations on both Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, 2019. Based on the learning plan for the submission, the ACGME Conference Planning Committee will determine whether proposals are workshops or didactic sessions. Workshop and didactic session descriptions follow below.

There is also the option to submit a proposal for a three-hour mini-course. All mini-courses will take place on Saturday, March 9 and are limited to 100 participants. Indicate on the submission form if a proposal is for a mini-course. A description of the mini-course follows below as well.

Workshop enrollment is limited to 250 participants and seating is set in rounds.

The most successful workshops:

  1. Limit their lecturing and didactics
  2. Are as interactive as possible and encourage discussion and an exchange of ideas
  3. Leave at least 20 minutes for discussion
  4. Provide a format for the audience to be heard
  5. Offer concrete deliverables and achievable take-home messages and tools
Didactic Sessions
Didactic session enrollment is not limited and sessions are set in theater format.

The most successful didactic sessions:

  1. Are lecture-based, but also include some audience participation
  2. Provide current and topical information
  3. Encourage discussion and exchange of ideas
  4. Provide a format for the audience to be heard
  5. Are learner-centered and leave the audience with a take-home message
Mini-courses should provide novel approaches and teaching methods for the topic presented. The session should engage participants in learning activities designed to provide a well-structured and comprehensive presentation of the topic.

The most successful mini-courses:

  1. Are interactive and encourage discussion and exchange of ideas
  2. Provide a comprehensive presentation of the topic in learner-centered activities
  3. Offer concrete deliverables and achievable take-home messages and tools

For accepted sessions, the ACGME offers a registration fee waiver for up to TWO speakers per session. Those speakers will be able to attend other sessions at no cost during the conference.

All applicants who submit session proposals will be notified by e-mail the week of July 23, 2018 as to whether or not their session was accepted.

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