Abstract Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
Presenter Notification: late-June

The Learning Communities Institute (LCI) is seeking submissions dedicated to the mission of learning communities (LCs):

  • Foundational Skills (e.g. feedback, clinical skills teaching, mentoring/advising, coaching)
  • Innovations (e.g. related to wellness, peer mentoring, students as teachers, community building, assessment, evaluation, faculty development, recruitment & retention of LC faculty, tools of the trade).
  • Research/Outcomes related to LCs

New for the LCI 17th Annual Conference – Traditionally, meeting content targeting members new to learning communities has been offered in the Friday pre-course. This year, content of this nature will be earmarked and woven throughout the meeting program.

We welcome submissions in the following formats:

  1. Workshops: 50 min ZOOM meeting targeted for the general LCI Meeting audience or targeted for LCI Professional Development
  2. Panel or Small Group Discussions: 50 min ZOOM meeting or webinar with 3 to 8 presenters and a moderator
  3. Oral Presentation (10 min live ZOOM presentation) or ePoster (along with 5 min pre-recorded audio)

Submission Details are as follows:

(1) Workshops

Workshops provide opportunities for attendees to gain new knowledge, skills, or expertise in an area related to learning communities' activities. They also value the exchange of ideas in these areas to enhance the learning of all participants. The most effective and highly rated workshops are very interactive and include a range of perspectives.

Format: 50-minute sessions

All workshop sessions will have an LCI volunteer monitoring the chat box. If selected, the presenter(s) is encouraged to participate in a practice session to test the technology.

Typical Session Format is a ZOOM meeting with breakouts - typical full meeting --> breakout groups --> full group debrief. Chat feature will be accessible.

Workshops focus on a single aspect of a broader topic within research, teaching, coaching, or advising/mentoring and may be targeted to LCI members at large, members with established learning communities, or members new to learning communities.

Preference will be given to workshop submissions that are:

· Clearly related to learning communities

· Aligned with the LCI core values

· Focused on skill development

· Designed to actively engage participants

(2) Panel Discussion or Small Group Discussion

Goals: The goal of discussion sessions is to promote cross-institutional dialogue and collaboration in medical education focusing on a single aspect of a broader topic within research, teaching, coaching, or advising/mentoring. The planning committee encourages faculty members to invite students to be included in their submissions. Similar to workshops above, these sessions value the exchange of ideas in these areas to enhance the learning of all participants, yet do not accommodate breakout groups as workshops would.

Formats:

a. Panel with a moderator - moderator leads the discussion, mutes/unmutes panelists and participant with question and moderates chat function. This may be in a webinar format, where the audience may ask questions in chat only. Proposals for panel with moderator must provide their own moderator; LCI may be able to provide a monitor of the chat function.

b. Small group discussion - a small number (10-12) of participants who stay together for an entire session for a discussion. Group leader moderates the discussion.

Submission Requirements:

Submission Requirements:

1. Type of Session (General or Professional Development Workshop, Panel Discussion, Small Group Discussion, Oral Presentation, or Poster Presentation)

2. Short session summary (< 100 words; for both the print preliminary program and online registration system). The summary should provide enough information for conference attendees to be able to decide whether or not they wish to attend this session.

3. Abstract (< 500 words). This summary will be available online and should inform potential attendees about your session. It will be seen by peer reviewers. This should include:

  • Background: relevance to learning communities
  • Measurable learning objectives (at least 3)
  • Workshop: session outline, methods, and capacity (if applicable).
    -Be specific on the timing of each component of the session.
    -Include audio/visual needs (i.e. the need for virtual breakout rooms and/or whiteboards within the session).

(3) Oral Presentations & Poster Presentations

Goals: The goal of oral sessions is to promote cross-institutional dialogue and collaboration in medical education, specifically by sharing learning community innovations, research, outcomes, and scholarly activity with colleagues from medical and other health profession schools across the country. Submission of works in progress is welcomed. Student submissions are also encouraged, and the planning committee encourages faculty members to invite students to be included in their submissions. Examples of successful past submissions include those that feature:


*challenges identified and addressed within a learning community
*innovations in mentoring, teaching and coaching (clinical skills, humanism, professionalism)
*assessments of the impact of learning communities on medical education

Oral Presentation Format:

10-minute live presentation followed by Q&A. Session to be moderated by members of the LCI leadership team. Several oral presentations will be grouped together in a themed block.

Poster Presentation Format:

Upon submission acceptance, poster presenters will be asked to develop a 5-minute prerecorded video or audio file in addition to a PDF copy of their poster to send to the planning committee in advance of the conference. The recordings will be made available to conference attendees. More information will be included with the acceptance notification email.

Submissions not selected for brief oral presentations may be considered for poster presentations, if denoted by the authors in the submission form.

Submission Requirements:

2. Short session summary (< 100 words; for both the print preliminary program and online registration system). The summary should provide enough information for conference attendees to be able to decide whether or not they wish to attend this session.

3. Abstract (< 300 words). This summary will be available online and should inform potential attendees about your session. It will be seen by peer reviewers. This should include:

1. 1. Background
2. Program Description
3. Program Evaluation (or proposed evaluation)
4. Discussion
5. Conclusions

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