Canadian Medical Assocation

Canadian Conference on Physician Health (CCPH)

Conference



The conference will showcase research and initiatives for improving physician health and wellness. It will promote an overall healthier culture in medicine for physicians by offering practical evidence-based skills and strategies for attendees to take back to their practice.


Call for Abstracts

SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED FROM MARCH 20, 2019 TO APRIL 17, 2019

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) are proud to present the 6th Canadian Conference on Physician Health (CCPH) taking place October 3-5, 2019 at Delta Hotels St. John’s Conference Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

About CCPH

The Canadian Conference on Physician Health (CCPH) showcases both research and innovative initiatives addressing issues related to physicians’ health and wellness within the medical training and practice environment, while providing a forum for learners and physicians across the career lifecycle, researchers, educators, administrators, and others to network and promote collaboration within the community. It will promote an overall healthier culture in medicine for physicians by offering practical evidence-based skills and strategies for attendees to take back to their practice.

Abstract Submissions

After a successful pilot at CCPH 2017, we are pleased to announce that we are once again opening a call for abstracts. This will serve to complement the invited speaker program.

Although submissions dealing with any aspect of learner or physician health and wellness are welcome we are particularly interested in submissions that focus on this year’s conference theme: Changing Tides: Shifting cultures and creating safe spaces. Please keep this in mind when preparing your abstract and presentation.

In addition to this conference theme, we are also interested in submissions that consider one or more of the following sub-themes — many of which were key issues raised at the 2019 CMA Regional Member Forums relating to physician health and wellness:

  • Gender equity and diversity in medicine
  • Control and flexibility in training and practice
  • Culture change
  • Workload and workplace demands in training and practice
  • Training and practicing in rural settings
  • Peer-support (e.g., formal or informal)
  • Transition into and out of practice as well as other key milestones in the career lifecycle

‘Relation to the main theme and/or sub-theme(s)’ will be taken into consideration during the evaluation and final selection process.

Four presentation formats are invited.

  1. Poster presentations: Written presentation of original “research” or “initiatives” will allow for discussion between authors and interested parties informally throughout the conference, as well as part of a dedicated poster session. Presenters are responsible for producing their own poster.
  2. Oral presentations: Short oral presentations will be grouped into related sessions. Presentations should be 15–20 minutes in duration, with the last 5 minutes reserved for questions and discussion. Oral presentations can be submitted as either “research” or “initiatives.”
  3. Panel presentations: A small group (~2-5) will interact and share a range of perspectives on a given topic. Presentations should be between 60 to 90 minutes in duration, with the last 10-15 minutes reserved for questions and discussion. Please note that there are limited spaces available for panel presentations. When submitting your abstract, you will have the option of indicating whether you would accept an oral or poster presentation in the event that you are not offered a panel session.
  4. Workshop presentations: This category includes interactive sessions, experiential presentations and program descriptions that are designed to improve skills and knowledge among those working in the area of physicians’ health. Didactic lectures will not be accepted. Subject matter is open, but preference will be given to those that address specific topical issues related to the conference theme, or sub-themes. Workshops should have an emphasis on interactive learning and should be scalable between 60 to 90 minutes in duration, with the last 10–15 minutes reserved for questions and discussion. When submitting an abstract for a workshop, the submitter will need to state how they will involve the audience (e.g., handouts, tools, media) and the approximate length of the presentation in minutes. Please note that there are limited spaces available for workshop presentations. When submitting your abstract, you will have the option of indicating whether you would accept an oral or poster presentation in the event that you are not offered a workshop.

Handouts are encouraged for all formats.

Please submit your abstract(s) in one of two categories:

The abstract should clearly outline the purpose/relevance, materials and methods, results, conclusions and alignment with the conference theme and/or sub-theme(s).

  1. Research (oral or poster) submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
    • scientific merit
    • quality
    • original contribution to knowledge
    • relevance to audience and conference theme and/or sub-theme(s)
  2. Initiatives and Innovations (oral or poster) submissions should outline novel work (e.g., processes, approaches, systems, methods, resources/tools and other solutions) to meet the health and wellness needs of physicians. Initiatives and innovation submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
    • quality
    • original contribution to knowledge and value added
    • relevance to audience and conference theme and/or sub-theme(s)

Abstract Template

Download the abstract template and fill out all required fields. You will be asked to attach the completed template during the submission process.

All submissions must be 400 words or fewer. Additional content and/or supplemental handouts will not be considered during the review process.

Examples and information on how to write acceptable learning objectives can be found here.

All abstracts will undergo blind review. Please list all authors on the abstract submission form, which will be removed from abstracts before sending to reviewers. Questions and decisions will be directed to the corresponding/submitting author.

Submissions for all abstracts must be made electronically using the abstract submission form.

Download Abstract Template

Submit Now!

Submissions must be received by April 17, 2019 (23:59 Eastern Daylight Time). Corresponding authors will be notified of the decision on their submission in the spring of 2019.

Presenters are expected to register for the conference and will pay the CMA member rate. They will be responsible for all their own conference-related expenses.

Please contact us at phabstracts@cma.ca with any questions or requests for further information.