Call for Abstracts

Nexus Summit 2024: Navigating Complexity to Advance Outcomes

Nexus Summit 2024: Navigating Complexity to Advance Outcomes returns to an all-virtual format on the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education’s innovative More Than a MeetingTM platform, allowing for broad and accessible engagement of stakeholders in health. The Nexus Summit 2024 Call for Abstracts includes six themes and four presentation formats that will maximize opportunities for attendees to showcase their accomplishments, outcomes, and innovations. 

Submit Your Abstract

Who should submit an abstract?

We encourage submissions from teams and individuals working to improve learning and health outcomes in practice and/or education settings. This may include clinicians, educators, learners, policy makers, lay persons engaged in co-creation of practice and/or education, individuals, families, and caregivers, and those involved in interprofessional practice and education in all settings. 

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We encourage clinicians and practitioners to submit their practice transformation initiatives aimed to improve team-based care and impact outcomes that matter most to those being served. 

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Key Dates

Timeframe Milestone

March 12, 2024

Call for Abstracts Released

Late March, 2024 Submission Portal Open

May 31, 2024

11:59 p.m. ET

Submission Deadline

July 22, 2024

Presenter Decisions Sent

September 25, 26, 30

and October 1, 2024

Nexus Summit 2024

 

Conference Themes

We invite submissions that align with the themes described below. Following each theme are select examples to illustrate the types of submissions that could be considered within a theme. These examples are not exhaustive; we encourage your creativity. 

1. Person, Family and Community-Engaged Practice and Education

Examples may include models designed to address challenges for patients and families in navigating the health care system and evaluation of those models; advances in enhancing community engagement and capacity; engagement with community members and people, patients, and family members to co-create curriculum; patient/caregiver/advocate-driven initiatives to address challenges navigating health care systems; models of effective teamwork with the patient as a member; ethics of community-engaged learning; or innovative models that utilize advocates (e.g. community health workers, promotores, peer educators, patient navigators, etc.) to facilitate care delivery and support health knowledge. 

2. Interprofessional Collaboration and Advocacy to Address Health Equity, Racism and Bias in Practice

Examples may include strategies to address racism and bias within and among members of the health team including patients and families; examples of addressing individual and systemic racism and other biases; models to improve health equity and address social determinants of health/health-related social needs among marginalized or underserved populations including rural populations; the role of health professionals in advocacy efforts toward improved patient care; cultivating cultural humility in health professions education or practice; or programs supporting leaders in addressing health equity, racism and bias. 

3. Building the Evidence Base for Interprofessional Practice and Education

Examples may include assessment and evaluation of interprofessional education; program implementation in practice informed by outcomes data; interventions that promote workforce wellbeing and retention; using big data, informatics and the electronic health record for interprofessional innovation; infrastructure and partnership models to enable evidence and outcomes; new models for interprofessional research teams; quality improvement initiatives and student involvement in them; evidence produced using social sciences and humanities theories, or outcomes that address the Quadruple Aim*.

*Enhancing patient experience, improving population health, increasing value, and improving the wellness of the health care team. 

4. Advancing Interprofessional Care through Practice-Education Partnerships 

Examples may cross the entire health and education continuum and may include strategies for relationship-building across education and community settings; models of interprofessional practice to improve outcomes (e.g. integrated behavioral health, integrated dental care, etc.); strategies that maximize learner contributions in practice that facilitate health and learning outcomes (e.g. patient education and outreach, screening); workplace learning and continuing professional development; models of leveraging pay-for-performance programs to improve care; community partnerships to impact population health; or partnerships addressing team-based workforce development, burnout and retention.

5. Developing and Sustaining Leadership in Interprofessional Practice and Education

Examples may include new models and programs for developing and evaluating leadership competence in interprofessional practice and education; examples of leadership development designed to advance partnerships and/or teams; initiatives to develop leadership change management skills; strategies to sustain leaders and reduce turnover in interprofessional centers; or synthesis, development and testing of leadership theory to support effective interprofessional teamwork. 

6. Preparing Students for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

Examples may include innovative models to prepare students for teamwork and collaboration in practical settings - both in community and clinical settings; new ways to demonstrate readiness for practice, including novel assessment modalities; technology-inclusive and/or driven models (AI/machine learning, simulation, telehealth, EHR, etc.); preparing faculty to teach and evaluate students in settings that may be multidisciplinary or not yet interprofessional; interprofessional practice and education curriculum; optimizing the interprofessional practice environment for learning; ethics in interprofessional practice; informal and workplace learning models; student-patient collaborations and/or interactions; faculty/preceptor development and deployment; or student-led and engaged initiatives and collaborations. 

 

Selecting Your Theme 

As you review the presentation formats (below) and the conference themes (above) for Nexus Summit 2024, examine the best fit to share your work. You will be asked to select a theme as part of the submission process, and include keywords to aid attendees in selecting sessions most meaningful to them. Final thematic placement will be determined by the National Center at the close of the call for abstracts. Submissions that show clear design for impact on the Quadruple Aim1,2 will be given priority, as the priority criteria below explain.  

The submission portal will open in late March 2024. You can begin to prepare your submission using the guidelines below.
 

Peer Review Criteria

All abstracts will be peer reviewed according to the following core criteria:

  • Aligns with the selected theme.
  • Represents an interprofessional initiative in which members of two or more professions work together and learn about, from, and with each other. 
  • Provides Nexus Summit attendees the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and skills.
  • Seminars and Lightning Talk abstracts - A call to action for attendees 

 

Priority will be given to abstracts demonstrating one or more of the following:

  • Meaningful engagement and inclusion of patient, individual, family, community, and/or caregiver perspective
  • Inclusion of one or more patients on the author or presenter team
  • Inclusion of one or more students/learners on the author or presenter team
  • Measurable learning and/or health outcomes
  • Measurable impact of interprofessional teams on health equity
  • Identification and addressing of factors beyond clinical care (e.g. social determinants) that affect the health of individuals, communities, and populations
  • Design to impact Quadruple Aim¹ outcomes (enhancing patient experience, improving population health, increasing value, and improving the wellness of the health care team)

 

Presentation Formats

The Call for Abstracts includes opportunities for the following types of sessions:

  • Seminar - a 60-minute skill-building workshop to introduce knowledge and/or skills that are immediately actionable, held via Zoom.
  • Lightning Talk - 10-minute presentations, grouped thematically with two to three other presentations during a 60-minute Zoom session with a group discussion and Q&A. 
  • Professional Poster - a PDF poster and Flip recorded presentation describing an interprofessional practice, education, research, or policy initiative, with an emphasis on outcomes. The posters are open for attendee viewing throughout the virtual Nexus Summit, with asynchronous interaction via discussion boards.
  • Interprofessional Learner Poster - a PDF poster and Flip recorded presentation describing an interprofessional learner-led practice, education, research, or policy initiative. The presentation team must be led by a learner enrolled in a formal education program. The posters are open for attendee viewing throughout the virtual Nexus Summit, with asynchronous interaction via discussion boards.

Seminar

Seminars are 60-minute, deep-dive, skill-building workshops based upon the presenter's work that is advancing the field of interprofessional practice and education. The seminar format is intended to provide attendees with information and practical skills based on the Nexus Summit themes to apply back home. Seminars must incorporate active learning that is appropriate for virtual attendees. Seminars will be held via Zoom meetings. 

Seminar Submission Details

Components of a Seminar Abstract

Gather the following information for your Seminar abstract. The Submission Portal will guide you through the submission process. One submitter will collect and submit all of the material below - the Submission Portal is not set up for multiple submitters on the same abstract. The submitter is also responsible for disseminating the link for the disclosure form to their co-authors and co-presenters.

  • Title of abstract
  • Name and contact information (credentials, affiliation, email address, social media, and a CV or resume) for one lead presenter (this will be the main contact for the presentation. Please double check the accuracy of contact information.)
  • Name and contact information for additional authors and presenters: include credentials, affiliations, email addresses, social media, and a CV or resume (if the abstract is accepted, each presenter will be asked to log in and check/correct their information, so please double check the accuracy of the email addresses you provide).
  • All contributing authors and presenters must complete a disclosure of financial interest (online form to be shared with co-authors and co-presenters by submitter)
  • Brief marketing bio for all authors and presenters (100 word max per author and presenter)
  • Selected conference theme
  • Seminar abstract (500 words max) must include:
    • A description of the seminar
    • A discussion of how Summit theme will be addressed
    • A minimum of three learning objectives (e.g. “after attending this session, the learner will be able to…”)
    • Immediately actionable skills and/or practical knowledge intended for the participants to gain
    • Description of how the seminar fulfills the priority criteria above, if applicable
    • Active learning strategies to be used. We encourage you to think outside the box when planning for active learning. Consider polling, collaborative writing tools such as whiteboards or Jamboards, chat, assigning roles, worksheets, game-based learning, and other learning modalities that can encourage learner participation in addition to breakout rooms. We have received feedback that for some virtual meeting attendees, discussion in breakout rooms may not meet their learning needs given competing obligations in a virtual environment.
  • Nexus Summit attendees have a wide range of experience with interprofessional practice and education (IPE). Submitters will be asked to indicate which level of experience will benefit most from the presentation:
    • New to IPE
    • Some experience with IPE
    • Significant experience with IPE
  • A description of project outcomes you have designed this intervention to achieve (learning outcomes, improved health equity, engagement of patients and communities, Quadruple Aim outcomes, sustainable practice-academic partnership, etc., response may be N/A)
  • A description of how learners were involved in designing, implementing, or evaluating this content (response may be N/A)
  • A description of how patients were involved in designing, implementing, or evaluating this content (response may be N/A)
  • Seminar summary sentence (50 words max for marketing materials)
  • Three keywords that describe characteristics of the session 
  • If your abstract is not accepted as a Seminar, are you interested in presenting the content in a Lightning Talk format? Yes/No.

Logistics:

  • Presenters should be prepared for 5-45 attendees in a Zoom meeting. Seminar presenters should plan for the majority of the seminar to be active learning.
  • Presenters of accepted Seminars will submit a Zoom Session Outline to assist National Center staff in facilitation.
  • Presenters will share their own screens and run the meeting. 
  • Presenters will be asked to submit their slides in advance of the Nexus Summit for interprofessional continuing education review.
  • All attending presenters must complete a consent form agreeing to content standards and the recording of their session.
  • All sessions will be recorded.
  • All abstracts will be peer reviewed for acceptance using the core criteria above.

If Your Abstract Is Accepted: Lead Seminar presenter will be notified of acceptance decision no later than July 22, 2024. All accepted sessions will be peer reviewed for Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education and evaluated using a National Center standard program evaluation framework.

If Your Abstract Is Not Accepted: Qualified abstracts will be considered for Lightning Talks.

Lightning Talk

Lightning Talks are 10-minute presentations, grouped thematically with two to three other presentations during a 60-minute Zoom session with a group discussion and Q&A.  Presenters are encouraged to focus their Lightning Talks to maximize learning in a short period of time.  Share your innovative design, research, practical models, lessons learned, evaluation approach, data, or outcomes.

Lightning Talk Submission Details

Components of a Lightning Talk Abstract

Gather the following information for your Lightning Talk abstract. The Submission Portal will guide you through the submission process. One submitter will collect and submit all of the material below - the Submission Portal is not set up for multiple submitters on the same abstract. The submitter is also responsible for disseminating the link for the disclosure form to their co-authors and co-presenters.

  • Title of abstract
  • Name and contact information (credentials, affiliation, email address, social media, and a CV or resume) for one lead presenter (this will be the main contact for the presentation. Please double check the accuracy of contact information.)
  • Name and contact information for additional authors and presenters: include credentials, affiliations, email addresses, social media, and a CV or resume (if the abstract is accepted, each presenter will be asked to log in and check/correct their information, so please double check the accuracy of the email addresses you provide).
  • All contributing authors and presenters must complete a disclosure of financial interest (online form to be shared with co-authors and co-presenters by submitter)
  • Brief marketing bio of all authors and presenters (100 word max per author and presenter)
  • Selected conference theme
  • Lightning Talk abstract (400 words maximum) must include:
    • A description of the Lightning Talk
    • A discussion of how the Summit theme will be addressed
    • A description of how the Lightning Talk will provide knowledge to learners or describe outcomes that contribute toward better care, better value and better education in practice and community settings
    • Description of how the Lightning Talk fulfills the priority criteria above, if applicable
  • Nexus Summit attendees have a wide range of experience with interprofessional practice and education. Submitters will be asked to indicate which level(s) of experience will benefit most from the presentation:
    • New to IPE
    • Some experience with IPE
    • Significant experience with IPE
  • A description of project outcomes you have designed this intervention to achieve (learning outcomes, improved health equity, engagement of patients and communities, Quadruple Aim outcomes, sustainable practice-academic partnership, etc., response may be N/A)
  • A description of how learners were involved in designing, implementing, or evaluating this content (response may be N/A)
  • A description of how patients were involved in designing, implementing, or evaluating this content (response may be N/A)
  • Lightning Talk summary sentence (50 words max for marketing materials)
  • Three keywords that describe characteristics of the session
  • If your abstract is not accepted as a Lightning Talk, are you interested in presenting the content in a Poster format? Yes/No.

Logistics:

  • Lightning Talks will be grouped according to theme/content with two to three other presentations in each 60-minute Zoom session.
  • A discussion facilitator will moderate the Zoom sessions, including the Q&A.
  • Presenters will share their own screens. 
  • Presenters will be asked to submit their slides in advance of the Nexus Summit for interprofessional continuing education review.
  • All attending presenters must complete a consent form agreeing to content standards and the recording of their session.
  • All sessions will be recorded.
  • All abstracts will be peer reviewed for acceptance using the core criteria above.

If Your Proposal Is Accepted: Lead presenter will be notified of the acceptance decision no later than July 22, 2024. All accepted sessions will be peer reviewed for Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education and evaluated using a National Center standard program evaluation framework.

If Your Abstract Is Not Accepted: Qualified abstracts will be considered for Poster presentations. 

Professional Poster Session

Professional Posters are designed for presenters to interact with attendees and share and present research, innovation, practice models, evaluation models and results, policy proposals, and more. This is an opportunity for individuals or organizations to present data, outcomes, and evidence resulting from interprofessional practice and education initiatives.

Professional posters will be presented asynchronously during the virtual Nexus Summit 2024 through short, pre-recorded video presentations using Flip, and with poster PDFs. Presenters will not present live, however, attendees can view and respond to poster presentations asynchronously through comments on a discussion board.  More information on recording and presentation of posters will be given to accepted presenters following the peer review.

Professional Poster Submission Details

Components of the Poster Session Abstract

Gather the following information for your Professional Poster abstract. The Submission Portal will guide you through the submission process. One submitter will collect and submit all of the material below - the Submission Portal is not set up for multiple submitters on the same abstract. 

  • Title of submission
  • Name and contact information (credentials, affiliation, email address, social media) for one lead presenter (this will be the main contact for the presentation, and will be asked to log in and provide their information if the abstract is accepted. Please double check the accuracy of contact information.)
  • Name and contact information for additional authors and presenters: include credentials, affiliations, email addresses, social media (if the abstract is accepted, each presenter will be asked to log in and check/correct their information, so please double check the accuracy of the email addresses you provide).
  • Brief marketing bio of all authors and presenters (100 word maximum per author and presenters)
  • Selected conference theme
  • Poster abstract (400-word max) should include:
    • Background, including statement of problem, and aims
    • Design or methodology
    • Results (data, outcomes and evidence)
    • Conclusion
    • Reflections/lessons learned/implications
    • Description of how the poster fulfills the priority criteria above, if applicable
  • Nexus Summit attendees have a wide range of experience with interprofessional practice and education. Submitters will be asked to indicate which level(s) of experience will benefit most from the presentation:
    • New to IPE
    • Some experience with IPE
    • Significant experience with IPE
  • A description of project outcomes you have designed this intervention to achieve (learning outcomes, improved health equity, engagement of patients and communities, Quadruple Aim outcomes, sustainable practice-academic partnership, etc., response may be N/A)
  • A description of how learners were involved in designing, implementing, or evaluating this content (response may be N/A)
  • A description of how patients were involved in designing, implementing, or evaluating this content (response may be N/A)
  • Poster summary sentence (50 words max for marketing materials)
  • Three keywords that describe characteristics of the session

All abstracts will be peer reviewed for acceptance using the core criteria above.

If Your Proposal Is Accepted: Lead presenter will be notified of the acceptance decision no later than July 22, 2024.

Interprofessional Learner Poster

Learners enrolled in a formal education program are encouraged to submit abstracts for Interprofessional Learner Poster presentations. 

Learner posters will be featured on the Nexus Summit website. To support professional development and learning, all learner posters will be reviewed by individuals with interprofessional practice and education expertise. Authors of each learner poster will be provided with personalized feedback to support their professional development. In addition, one learner poster will be awarded the Interprofessional Learner Poster Award.

Learner posters at the virtual Nexus Summit 2024 will be delivered through short, pre-recorded video presentations using Flip, and with poster PDFs. Presenters will not present live, however, attendees can view and respond to poster presentations asynchronously through comments on a discussion board.  More information on recording and presentation of posters will be given to accepted presenters following the peer review.

Interprofessional Learner Poster Submission Details

Components of the Poster Session Abstract

Gather the following information for your Interprofessional Learner Poster abstract. The Submission Portal will guide you through the submission process. One submitter will collect and submit all of the material below - the Submission Portal is not set up for multiple submitters on the same abstract.

  • Title of submission
  • Name and contact information (credentials, affiliation, email address, social media) for one lead presenter (this will be the main contact for the presentation. Please double check the accuracy of contact information.)
  • Name and contact information for additional authors and presenters: include credentials, affiliations, email addresses, social media (if the abstract is accepted, each presenter will be asked to log in and check/correct their information, so please double check the accuracy of the email addresses you provide).
  • Brief bio of all authors and presenters (100 word maximum per author and presenters)
  • Selected conference theme
  • Poster abstract (400-word maximum) should include:
    • Background, including statement of problem, and aims
    • Design or methodology
    • Results (data, outcomes and evidence)
    • Conclusion
    • Reflections/lessons learned/implications
    • Description of how the poster fulfills the priority criteria above, if applicable
  • Nexus Summit attendees have a wide range of experience with interprofessional practice and education. Submitters will be asked to indicate which level(s) of experience will benefit most from the presentation:
    • New to IPE
    • Some experience with IPE
    • Significant experience with IPE
  • The learner author(s) of this poster is/are enrolled in the following types of program (check all that apply): 
    • entry level health profession program
    • advanced/ 2nd degree health profession program
    • non-health profession graduate program
  • A description of project outcomes you have designed this intervention to achieve (learning outcomes, improved health equity, engagement of patients and communities, Quadruple Aim outcomes, sustainable practice-academic partnership, etc., response may be N/A)
  • A description of how learners were involved in designing, implementing, or evaluating this content (response may be N/A)
  • A description of how patients were involved in designing, implementing, or evaluating this content (response may be N/A)
  • Poster summary sentence (50 words max for marketing materials)
  • Three keywords that describe characteristics of the session

All abstracts will be peer reviewed for acceptance using the criteria above. To be considered for the Interprofessional Learner Poster session, the presentation team must be led by a learner enrolled in a formal education program.

If Your Proposal Is Accepted:

  • Lead presenter will be notified of the acceptance decision no later than July 22, 2024.
  • Learner presenters are eligible for the deeply discounted student registration rate. When registering with this rate, learners will be required to submit verification of their student status. If resourcing is an issue, please contact nexusreg@umn.edu to inquire about student scholarships, which may be available but are not guaranteed.

 

Presenter Expectations

All attending presenters must register and attend the Nexus Summit 2024. Presenters are responsible for their own conference registration fees. Registration will open in April, 2024.

Audio/video recordings may be made by the National Center of all accepted presentations to be made available to registrants in a recorded format. Your submission of an abstract constitutes your agreement that recording can be made and distributed by the National Center. Email correspondence about decisions will be sent to lead presenters identified in the abstract. All authors and presenters on accepted abstracts will be contacted by email to complete presenter tasks after abstract decisions are made.

NOTE: All Seminar and Lightning Talk abstracts will be evaluated for Jointly Accredited Interprofessional Continuing Education Credit by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (National Center OICPD). Therefore, all contributing authors and presenters will be asked to disclose any financial relationships with ineligible companies, as the National Center OICPD is a Jointly Accredited Provider of Interprofessional Continuing Education Credit and abides by the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Any potential conflicts of interest will be mitigated prior to the Nexus Summit.

Draft or final Seminar and Lightning Talk PowerPoint presentations will be required to be submitted prior to the Summit for accreditation.

Please contact ipceapps@umn.edu with any questions about the submission process or format. Instructions and guidance will be given to accepted presenters to support the presentation of content in the virtual format. Presenters may be required to attend a live, virtual training in advance of the Nexus Summit 2024.

 

Submission Process

Key Dates

Timeframe Milestone

March 12, 2024

Call for Abstracts Released

Late March, 2024 Submission Portal Open

May 31, 2024

11:59 p.m. ET

Submission Deadline

July 22, 2024

Presenter Decisions Sent

September 25, 26, 30

and October 1

Nexus Summit 2024

Submit Your Abstract

The abstract submission deadline is May 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET. All abstract submissions will be completed online through this portal, which will guide presenters through the process. Presenters may access the portal as often as they like to modify a submission until the abstract is officially submitted on or before the final submission deadline. Please ensure that your submission is fully and completely submitted by the deadline to be considered.

NOTE: The submission portal requires one lead presenter. The lead presenter does not need to be the primary author of the abstract, but should represent the logistical contact for the submission. Presenters will be notified of submission status immediately after an abstract is submitted. If you do not receive a submission confirmation, please double check that the final “Submit” step was completed. Presenters will be notified of acceptance status no later than July 22, 2024.

For questions about abstract submission, contact ipceapps@umn.edu.