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Family Medicine Midwest - Call for Abstracts

Physicians, Residents, Students, Healthcare Professionals and Non-Healthcare Professionals
are invited to submit proposals for the
9th annual Family Medicine Midwest Conference, November 13 – 15, 2020 at the McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2020 Theme: “Family Medicine: The Most Talented Specialty”

Important Dates


Deadline for abstracts – June 7, 2020 at 11:59pm CST
Deadline for student posters - June 28, 2020 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of acceptance – August  2020
Conference - November 13 -15, 2020

**Please note the June 14th poster deadline is for student poster submissions ONLY. All other types of submissions, including students submitting for other types of sessions AND resident/physician posters, are due by the May 26th Deadline**

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Teaching Methods

Please review the following teaching methods and select the format that best represents how you would develop and deliver your presentation.

Knowledge into action talks (KIA) (30-minute sessions)
Sample KIA abstract submission
Purpose: These 30-minute sessions are an opportunity to share critical information about patients, families, the healthcare system, community, society, advocacy, and their intricate interactions. As adult learners, family medicine students, residents, and faculty most need to understand how to use information, rather than just receiving it. The focus of these sessions should be on creation of tangible ideas, thoughts, or plans from the knowledge, rather than just the giving and receiving of knowledge.

All KIA talks should be centered around an ACTION section. This is preferably action that participants can take immediately, which may be tangible or intangible: experiences during the talk, creation of plans, curricula, outlines, ideas, position papers, documents, connections, collaborations, blog posts. Areas of interest for Knowledge into Action talks may include:

  • Family medicine’s role in current events
  • Practice improvement
  • Translation of medical knowledge into practice
  • Patient engagement or empowerment
  • Student/resident advancement and interests
  • Faculty development
Workshops (1 hr session)
Purpose: To provide a hands-on session on common procedures.  Workshops may be repeated.  Presenters are responsible for all workshop supplies, set up and clean up.  Please be prepared for at least 40 participants.
  • Beginner - This level of workshop should be aimed at students and residents.
  • Intermediate - This level of workshop should be aimed at residents and physicians.
Seminar (1-hr or 30-minute sessions)
Sample Seminar abstract submission

Purpose: To give practical information and methods to enhance practice improvement through health information and patient education efforts. Seminars should include a combination of presentation and active involvement of participants. Preference will be given to presentations that maximize use of learning time and those that actively involve the learners. Audience participation is required; Q&A alone is not sufficient.

Case study (1-hr or 30-minute)

Purpose: To present a scenario or case that learner would encounter in practice, which may be medical, systems-based, or educational. The focus of the session will be on working through the problem in small groups and devising reasonable and workable solutions.

Learning from Patients (15-minute sessions)
Purpose: To report on unique history and physical finding, difficult-to-make diagnoses, or common conditions with unusual presentations. The focus of the session will be on presentation of interesting cases for the audience to learn from.

Panel (1-hr or 30-minute sessions)
Purpose: To provide multiple speakers to give brief presentations and answer questions.

Round table (1-hr or 30-minute sessions)
Purpose: To provide an open venue for engaging in guided in-depth discussions, giving and receiving targeted feedback, and meeting colleagues with similar interests. 

Presentation of scholarship (15-minute sessions)
Purpose: To provide an opportunity to present about research, scholarship, curricular design, teaching programs, community service, quality improvement or other topics of interest to family medicine.

Innovative ideas (5-minute sessions)
Purpose: This one-hour session will feature up to 10 presenters who will each have 5 minutes to present a great idea to improve education, healthcare, or health. These do not need to be works-in-progress, papers, or anything more than a bright idea. These sessions will not be peer-reviewed, but are intended as a chance to foster collaboration and connection. Presenters will be limited to a single-slide format.

Poster (30-minute display period)
Purpose: To provide an opportunity for one-on-one discussion of a presenter's innovative project or research in practice improvement through health information or patient education. Printing and delivery of poster are solely the responsibility of the presenter. Electronic or print distribution of handouts is encouraged; audiovisual equipment not provided, bulletin board & push pins will be provided. Please note: Students are given the highest priority for acceptance, followed by residents.Time: 30 minutes of presenting, please see the Poster Presentation Guide  for information regarding set up and take down.


Questions regarding abstracts or your submission?  Please contact Sara Ortega at [email protected]