2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health

International Congress Session Formats, Submission Criteria and Review
**Please note the presentations below are not inclusive of plenaries

Session formats and presentations:


1. Pre-Congress Workshops

  • 3 hours (half day)
  • 6 hours (full day)


The goals of the workshops are to offer:

  • A workshop format that focuses on developing or strengthening skills in research, education, clinical care, and policy. This can be geared for different levels of expertise. We encourage workshops geared for training young researchers/educators/clinicians, as well as more advanced skill building. If particular background is important for the workshop, typical knowledge prerequisites should be clearly stated.
  • Pre-conference workshops offer a longer session (either half-day or full-day) that provides a platform for discussing topics in a more expansive manner than a shorter (90 min) main congress session allows. This is especially applicable to topics in education and clinical care.
  • The format of each workshop is to be determined by the organizers, but it is expected that they contain ample time for general discussion and audience participation.
  • An additional registration fee will be charged to attend the workshops; this fee covers space and organizing costs. Please note below if additional funds are needed for costs of conducting the workshop; these will be included in the workshop registration fee, if the workshop is accepted.


Workshop proposals will be carefully reviewed and it is anticipated that the selection process will be competitive. Workshops will be selected based on:

  • Ability of the proposed session to advance research, education, and policy in integrative medicine and evidence-based clinical care.
  • Experience and quality of the session leaders and presenters
  • Potential of the workshop to enhance research, education, policy or clinical skills for participants.
  • Anticipated interest in the workshop.
  • Fit of the workshop goals with the overall mission of the Congress as described above.


2. Symposia, 3. Panel Discussion, or 4. Experiential Workshop

Accepted proposals will be scheduled for one of the following:

  • 60 minute session
  • 75 minute session
  • 90 minute session


Proposals are accepted in, but not limited to, the following categories:

  • Clinical
    • State of the science/evidence basis for integrative modalities
    • Clinical Skills-building
    • Integrative medicine delivery models
    • Best case series
    • Clinical Skills-building
  • Education
    • Curriculum design and development
    • Interprofessional education
    • Teaching, learning, and assessment
    • Faculty development/leadership
  • Policy
    • Health Services Research/Cost Effectiveness
    • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
    • Integrative Health and the Underserved
  • Research
    • Clinical research
      • Mind-body (including meditation and yoga)
      • Manual medicine/body work (including chiropractic and massage)
      • Whole systems and acupuncture (including TCM and Ayurveda)
      • Natural products/botanicals/supplements
      • Other____
    • Basic science
    • Research methodology


2. Symposia

  • Symposia sessions are intended to be formal presentations on the “state of the science” of a particular area. Typically, sessions will have two to four presenters, representing at least two different institutions. The individual proposing the session may be the moderator or a speaker and is responsible for coordinating the session and serving as a contact person for the session.  
  • Time/Format for Oral Presentations: no more than 30 minutes by a single presenter, a brief period of questions and comments from the audience, and replies by the lecturer.


Symposia Submission Criteria

  • Presenter / Co-presenter information and CME
  • Submission Topic(s)
  • Title of Session
  • Overview: If the session is accepted into the program, the overview will be published in conference materials to help attendees select which session they would like to attend.
  • Rationale: Why the topic is important and its relevance to the conference themes?
  • Objectives: What participants will know or be able to do as a result of this session?
  • Topic outline: Main points of the session
  • Methods/Session Format: Indicate amount of time to be allocated to each speaker or element of the program. Describe the format of the session.


3. Panel Discussions

  • Discussion sessions are intended to provide diverse perspectives of research approaches, questions, methods and/or applications in Integrative Medicine & Health as well as opportunities for discussions of topics related to challenges, controversies, or innovations in Integrative Medicine & Health research. A variety of formats is possible for these sessions, including panel discussions, and Oxford or other style debates. Organizers are encouraged to think creatively about ways to engage the audience and include diverse viewpoints.
  • Time/Format for Oral Presentations: The session should have two – four presenters, representing a variety of organizations and viewpoints, to give short presentations (no more than 15 minutes each) and the majority of the time having a moderated discussion between the panel and audience.


Panel Discussion Submission Criteria

  • Same requirements as a symposium submission; however, the submitters will be asked to please provide three questions or issues they anticipate will arise as a result of the session presentations.


4. Experiential Workshop

A room will be designated as an Experiential Workshop space, to allow for non-traditional room sets.

  • Experiential workshop sessions should focus on demonstration/skill building, in contrast to other main conference sessions. The application needs to clearly state the skills that will be targeted, and how they will be conveyed to participants. The format of these sessions is often "hands-on," where participants will learn a new and practice approach.
  • Time/Format for Oral Presentations: Each workshop will be led by one presenter/group of presenters for the duration of the session time, who will usually provide more limited formal presentation than in other formats. It is critical to distinguish the workshop activities, make them experiential, and clarify how they differ from a discussion group.


Experiential Workshop Submission Criteria

  • Presenter / Co-presenter information and CME
  • Submission Topic(s)
  • Title of Session
  • Rationale: Why the topic is important and its relevance to the conference themes
  • Objectives: What participants will know or be able to do as a result of this session
  • Topic outline: Main points of the session
  • Methods/Session Format: Indicate amount of time to be allocated to each speaker or element of the program. Describe the format of the session and how it will be made active and experiential for learners
  • Describe materials to be distributed
  • Is any special equipment required for your session?


Is there a specific room set that is required to accommodate the execution of the session?


5. Research Abstract Presentation or Poster

Accepted proposals will be scheduled for one of the following:

  • 10-15 minute Oral presentation
  • Poster presentation


Submission topics include:

  • Basic Science
  • Clinical Research: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Clinical Research: Herbs and Supplements
  • Clinical Research: Manual Therapies
  • Clinical Research: Mind-body
  • Education Research
  • Health Services Research
  • Research Methodology
  • Other


Research Abstract Session

  • The short presentation format provides an opportunity for individuals who would like to present a research based presentation on innovative or original work in a particular area. The Congress will group accepted proposals along the designated themes (above) to create 60 minute sessions and will assign a session chair to oversee and moderate the session. 
  • Time/Format for Oral Presentations: Oral presentations will be awarded a 15 minute presentation, where 10 minutes is allocated to a presentation and 5 minutes will be reserved for question and answer.

 

6. Non-Research Abstract Presentation

Accepted proposals will be scheduled for one of the following:

  • 10-15 minute Oral presentation
  • Poster presentation


Proposals are accepted in the following categories:

  • Clinical
    • Innovative Clinical Initiatives
  • Education
    • Innovative Curricular Initiatives
  • Policy
    • Innovative Policy Initiatives


Non-Research Abstract Session

  • The short presentation format provides an opportunity for individuals who would like to present a non-research based presentation on innovative or original work in a particular area. This format is an alternate to the scientific abstract submission to accommodate clinical, education and policy based proposals that may not be quantitative or data-driven. The Congress will group accepted proposals along the designated themes (above) to create 60 minute sessions and will assign a session chair to oversee and moderate the session.
  • Time/Format for Oral Presentations: Oral presentations will be awarded a 15 minute presentation, where 10 minutes is allocated to a presentation and 5 minutes will be reserved for question and answer.


Non-Research Abstract Session Submission Criteria

  • Presenter / Co-contributor information and CME
  • Submission Topic(s)
  • Title of Session
  • Overview: If the proposal is accepted into the program, the overview will be published in conference materials to help attendees select which session they would like to attend.
  • Rationale: Why the topic is important and its relevance to the conference themes?
  • Objectives: What participants will know or be able to do as a result of this presentation?