Call for Abstracts: Engaging Reflection in Health Professional Education and Practice

Posted by on November 10, 2008

Call for Abstracts: Engaging Reflection in Health Professional Education and Practice

May 13-15, 2009
University of Western Ontario, New London, Ontario

This inaugural interdisciplinary conference calls together scholars interested in advancing knowledge and scholarship about the place of “reflection” in health professional education and practice. Those who work in the field perceive a widespread need for a scholarly community that brings interdisciplinary groups together to exchange knowledge and to think together about pressing issues and key questions for advancing the field. This conference is a first step in that direction.


The aim of the conference is to foster dialogue and knowledge exchange; therefore the majority of papers accepted will be in round table and poster presentation formats. Participants are encouraged to consider one of these interactive formats for submission of their paper. A smaller number of papers for oral presentations will also be accepted. Please rank your preferred presentation format during the abstract submission process.


Round table sessions will be 40 minutes in length, in order to allow for sustained dialogue and depth of knowledge exchange. Each round table will be assigned a discussant/recorder who will summarize the main points of the discussion. Presenters will have an opportunity to review and edit the written summaries and to decide whether or not these round table records will be included in the conference proceedings.


Two poster sessions will take place during the conference: One during the welcoming reception, and the second during the pre-dinner reception on day 2. Posters allow presenters to participate in extended discussion with interested attendees. The purpose of poster sessions is to allow an opportunity for participants to share ideas and insights and to interact around topics of interest.


These presentations may include scholarly papers, completed research or innovation related projects. Sessions consist of four 15-minute presentations, followed by a 5 minute question and answer period for each speaker, and a 10 minute question period at the end.



First call opens October 10, 2008 and closes December 15, 2008. Notice of decision will be sent no later than February 2nd, 2009.

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