Canadian Geriatrics Society: Call for Session Proposals
behalf of the Scientific Planning Committee (SPC) for the CGS Annual Scientific
Meeting (ASM), we are pleased to invite you to submit a session proposal for a
symposium, workshop or debate to present at the CGS ASM next year in Montreal, from
April 19 to 21, 2018.
Session proposals should address the theme of the meeting, “Advances in Care: From the Individual to the Technology”. The deadline for submission is October 20, 2017.
The learning objectives of the 2018 CGS ASM are:
1) To describe the role of new technology in optimizing the care of elderly patients and in supporting caregivers
2) To appraise recent developments in clinical practice, education and research relevant to scholarship in aging
3) To integrate new evidence into the care of elderly patients
All sessions are 90 minutes in length and must allow for at least 25% interactivity (22 minutes). These sessions will take place concurrently throughout the two-day program. They can address any CanMEDS role relevant to geriatric practice. Sessions do not have to be solely clinical/medical in nature and can focus on education, research, communication skills, collaboration, advocacy, professionalism, etc.
Workshop: A workshop is highly interactive (> 50% of the session time), making for a lively and informative session.
Symposium: A symposium is a presentation that consists of three to five separate talks around a similar theme with a question period or other form of interactivity.
Debate: A debate is a discussion about a specific topic among a select group of panelists who share differing perspectives. It should be facilitated by the Chair of the session. A question period or other form of interactivity with the audience needs to be included.
We highly recommend that sessions be held in English as no translation from French to English will be available.
All proposals must include:
All proposals will be peer reviewed and scored by reviewers selected by the SPC. The SPC may accept or decline proposals, or suggest an opportunity to present the proposed work in a more appropriate format.
The deadline for submitting a proposal for the 2018 CGS ASM is October 20, 2017.
Session organizers will be notified of decisions no later than December 15, 2017.
Proposals will be assessed using the following criteria. The weighting of criteria may vary depending on the nature of proposals.
A strong proposal will have the following characteristics:
Structure and Organization
If Your Proposal Is Accepted
After acceptance decisions have been made and the scheduling for the meeting is underway, any cancellations and schedule changes are very disruptive. Therefore, it is very important that session organizers obtain firm commitments from their invited speakers before submitting their proposal. We are unable to guarantee that scheduling requests will be granted. When asking speakers to commit to the session, organizers should inform them that the session could be scheduled either on Friday or on Saturday. We cannot schedule or move a session to accommodate the availability of speakers.
All speakers are required to register for the conference. Registration will not be waived or reduced for speakers. The CGS is not able to provide any financial assistance, stipends, waived or reduced registration, travel assistance, or paid lodging to speakers. Organizers are responsible for making this clear to their speakers before submitting a proposal.
For Session Organizers
Once a symposium has been accepted and listed online, cancellation imposes a serious burden. Do not submit a proposal if you are uncertain that you will be able to fulfill your obligation to organize and conduct the session.
You must submit your proposal in Microsoft Word format. Please email your submission to Dr. Olivier Beauchet c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your proposal within 24 hours, please contact Andrea Smith at 1 (905) 415-3917.Questions about the proposal format or process can be directed to Secretariat Central (email@example.com), and will then be forwarded to the appropriate resources.