1) How do I choose which proposal format to submit?
The International Congress is recruiting proposals in several formats. The following are descriptions of what is being sought for each type of session, for use in selecting the appropriate type of submission.
Pre-Congress Workshop Sessions
Pre-Congress workshops will take place on Tuesday, May 8 and will be scheduled for 3 or 6 hour sessions.
Main Congress Sessions
Congress sessions will be scheduled for 60, 75, or 90 minute presentations on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday May 9, 10 or 11.
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. Each speaker should usually limit their presentation to 20 minutes, to allow adequate time for questions. 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.
Discussions: The discussion sessions are intended to provide diverse perspectives of approaches, questions, methods and/or applications in integrative medicine as well as opportunities for discussions of topics related to challenges, controversies, or innovations in integrative medicine research, education, clinical work, and policy. 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. Typically, sessions have two to four presenters, representing at least two different institutions. These sessions have more emphasis on presenting differing points of view than symposia, and greater emphasis on interaction with the audience and more opportunity for audience participation.
Workshops: The workshop format should focus on 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 and practice a new approach. Each workshop will be led by one presenter/group of presenters who will usually provide more limited formal presentation than in other formats, with greater opportunity for questions and/or practice of a particular skill. In contrast to pre-conference workshops, main session workshops need to be tightly focused and fit in a 90 minute or shorter time period.
2) What are the different types of Abstract submissions?
Abstracts can be either a scientific research abstract, or a non-research abstract in the area of education, clinical, or policy.
Scientific Research Abstracts: Scientific abstracts must present original data. Reviews of prior studies are not considered original data unless new treatments of the data, such as meta-analysis techniques, are used.
Non-Research Abstracts: Non-research abstracts need not present original data.
3) Can I arrange an Ancillary Meeting?
4) I want to submit a session proposal that I will lead alone. Will this be accepted?
Submission of sessions led by a single individual are allowed, but will only be accepted if there is exceptional merit and a clear rationale for being conducted by a single individual. The Program Planning Committee encourages presentation of different points of view and research perspectives in conference sessions. Few sessions led by a single presenter have met the quality criteria sought by the Program Planning Committee. In addition, sessions that focus on promoting the work or opinions of a single individual are discouraged.
5) Can I choose which day my session is presented?
Putting together the schedule for the conference is a complex process that requires attention to many considerations. We ask that presenters for main conference sessions be available to present the session during any of the three days of the meeting. In special circumstances, the Program Planning Committee will try to address very specific needs of session organizers, but in general it is not possible to develop the conference schedule around the preferences of each session organizer.
6) Will my session be eligible for CME credits?
The Congress intends to have each session (with the exclusion of ancillary meetings) eligible for CME certification, including those sessions held over the lunch period. 0.25 of a credit is received for 15 minutes of participation in a session.
7) How are presentations selected?
Please be aware that we anticipate being able to accept less than half of session proposals being submitted, based on past experience. Due to the level of interest in presenting sessions and the constraints of the conference schedule, some worthy proposals may not be accepted. All proposals and abstract submissions will undergo extensive review by members of the Program Planning Committee. Following the suggestions for choosing the appropriate session format, and ensuring that all the items on the application materials are carefully addressed will increase that chance of acceptance. Selection will be determined by the Program Planning Committee on the basis of:
8) What can I do to increase the chance that my session proposal will be accepted?
In addition to carefully following the directions for proposal submission and ensuring that requested items of information are well addressed, the Program Planning Committee encourages submissions that have high scientific standards and clear potential to advance the overall field of integrative medicine. Conveying how the session will contribute to the field will increase the chance of acceptance. The Program Planning Committee encourages submissions that exhibit innovative thinking in the field. Lobbying individual members of the Program Planning Committee is discouraged.
9) Will my presentation be indexed on PubMed?
We currently plan that accepted research abstracts will be published in Global Advances in Health and Medicine, the official journal of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. The Congress supplement title will be indexed on PubMed if possible.