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SACME Call for Abstracts

Submission deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021 (11:59 pm EST)

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The SACME Scholarship and Program Committees invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2022 Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education Virtual Annual Meeting. Our planning committees are working to create an interactive, stimulating event that will provide opportunities for development, networking and scholarly interactions.

While additional topic areas will also be considered, the following topics will be of particular interest for the 2022 Program:

  • Promoting Wellbeing
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (and resilience)
  • CPD in Daily Clinician Practice
  • Building and Maintaining Effective Teams
  • Increasing Capacity, and Moving Forward

The abstract selection committee is accepting submissions in the field of CME/CPD in the areas below:

  • Original Research
  • Best Practices and Innovations
  • Education Technology Innovation
  • Program Evaluations
  • Evidence Informed Perspectives /Forum

1. Research: These presentations represent a vital component of our commitment to advancing the science of CME/CPD. Oral presentations enable individuals to present their work at various stages of development in a supportive and constructive environment.

RICME submissions will be categorized into 1 of the following 5 categories:

  • Works in very early stages: This is for investigators seeking collegial feedback on a developing research project, or for collaborators in other institutions. These will be separate sessions where investigators present their research plan and receive feedback from audience and experts. Based on the needs, investigators could apply to receive mentorship in further developing their research.
  • Works in progress: These studies are more substantial than work in very early stages and have some preliminary findings. Presenters may be interested in sharing innovative research methodologies, discussing experiences encountered during the project, or disseminating unexpected results.
  • Completed studies: These opportunities are for authors with completed projects, published papers or manuscripts accepted for publication to showcase contemporary work and seek critical dialogue and knowledge dissemination.
  • Evidence syntheses: The Scholarship Committee also seeks review papers, which contain meta-analyses, syntheses, or assessments of the research in a defined area of CME/CPD practice. Submissions of syntheses, including, but not limited to, systematic reviews (with or without meta-analysis), scoping reviews, qualitative assessments or mixed-methods syntheses, and overviews, will be accepted for consideration.
  • Methods research: Specifically identify, provide analyses of, and/or propose solutions to issues and challenges related to the conduct of research in CME/CPD.

2. Best Practice and Innovation: These presentations illustrate the application of research and theory from a variety of fields to the goals, issues, and practical problems of broad interest to CME/CPD researchers and practitioners. These presentations will also aim to facilitate learning from the practical experience of our colleagues, another important means for advancing the field. Best practice presentations may include a wide range of topics including innovative and model approaches to educational program administration, planning, educational design, delivery, and evaluation/assessment of outcomes.

3. Education Technology Innovation in CME/CPD: These presentations represent the application of educational technology and technological innovations that enhance and have a significant affect on advancements in CME/CPD. Topics of interest in this area could include:

  • Digital Innovations in CME/CPD
  • Using Simulation in Medical Education
  • Driving Change through Data Analytics
  • Harnessing Big Data and AI in CPD

4. Program Evaluations: This stream includes projects that are designed specifically for the evaluation of CME/CPD programs or initiatives. These evaluations are usually stakeholder driven, specific to a local context and about generating knowledge about the program (e.g., whether it worked and why or why not) within that context. Evaluations should be organized using existing models of evaluations, and ideally be supported through the use of some conceptual/theoretical framework. All program types are invited but should include a CME/CPD intervention/program at its core.

5. Evidence Informed Perspectives/Forums: In rare instances authors may have a unique and well thought out and sourced perspective that would be of interest to the CME/CPD community. Perspectives provide new insights, propose new ideas, challenge the community and/or theorize implications of existing or new ideas. Perspectives are intended to help direct and shape the direction of the community and stimulate scholarly work.

New Investigators:

In an effort to support SACME’s interest in building scholarly capacity in the system, authors will be invited to indicate whether they qualify for “new investigator status”. These include:

  • Trainees of any kind (e.g., Health Professionals, MDs, Masters, PhDs)
  • Those within 5 years of completing a terminal degree

In each of the categories above, spaces will be reserved for new investigators, Also, an award will be reserved for new investigators. Those who identify as new investigators will be permitted to request mentorship from the SACME Scholarship Committee to help prepare their work for presentation.

General Submission Guidelines:

250 words or less; references not recommended. However, “perspectives” require numbered references). Title, references, and authors do not contribute to the total word count.

Authors are encouraged to use headings / structures that align with their submission type (e.g., research reports may include IMRaD format)

Indicate any conflicts of interest with industry

Indicate type of submission

Indicate preferred presentation format: comprehensive virtual presentation, brief virtual report, or either. Indicate whether the primary author should be considered as a “new investigator” (as described above).

General abstract structure (dependent on type of submission-Please see the website for specific outline for different types of submissions):

  • Background: context and purpose/inquiry question
  • Theoretical frameworks/current perspectives
  • Methods/approach
  • Findings/ discussion
  • Impact/relevance to the advancement of the field of CME/CPD

Evaluation Criteria:

The abstract selection committee is committed to adjudicating submissions in a rigorous, systematic and transparent manner. To this end, evaluation of abstracts will be based on:

  1. Clarity and relevance of purpose statement and inquiry question
  2. Theoretical frameworks/current perspectives
  3. Quality and appropriateness of approach / methods
  4. Discussion of findings
  5. Potential for impact for advancing the science and practice of continuing medical education/professional development

Notification: Abstract notifications will be sent to corresponding authors prior to December 1, 2021. All presenters must register for the SACME Virtual Meeting and will be expected to follow the guidelines for virtual presentations.


Please direct any questions about abstract submission and process to Bita Zakeri, Chair, Abstract Subcommittee: bzakeri@indiana.edu

Secondary contact: Walter Tavares, Chair, Scholarship Committee walter.tavares@utoronto.ca

*Please note that information for online submission will be provided in the next few weeks.

The webinar “Posters and Oral Presentations: Skills and Best Practices for Submitting Your Scholarly Work as Abstracts” which was previously offered as a Virtual Journal Club activity is available in a recorded format to help with abstract preparation: https://www.sacme.org/event-3478200

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