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Call for Papers - CAOT Conference 2020

Saskatoon, SK May 6-9, 2020

CAOT is accepting abstract submissions from September 1 to November 1, 2019 inclusive. This is an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and strategies for enabling occupation, advocating for change, introducing innovations, influencing health care delivery and more. You could be part of the largest annual gathering of the occupational therapy community in Canada and your work contribute to the growing body of evidence needed to continually move our profession forward. Plan to be front and centre at CAOT Conference 2020 in Saskatoon, May 6-9, 2020.

Please read these requirements before completing the submission form.

Submissions must be received by 11:59* pm EDT ON November 1st, 2019

An abstract and an abstract summary must be submitted via the online abstract submission form. Abstracts are peer-reviewed and should not contain identifying information (see below). Abstracts are published in the online conference program.

Although we are not restricting the number of abstracts that can be submitted by any one individual, we will only offer two presentations from any one individual as primary author.

Types of sessions

A topic may only be submitted in one category of presentation. Please choose the category that best fits your topic.

Paper Presentation
Paper presentations are sessions in which scientific, theoretical, professional issues and practice information is exchanged. This includes any Q&A time. It is recommended that only one person present.
The total length of the session is 25 minutes. 

Extended Discussion
Extended discussions consist of two parts: a presentation by one or more speakers for part of the session (approximately 20 minutes) and a group discussion or learning experience on the topic, facilitated by the presenter(s). Abstracts must include a description of how the session will be facilitated.
The total length of the session is 55 minutes. 

Poster Presentation
A poster presentation is a visual display session. Topics may include scientific, theoretical, professional issues or practice information. The presenter will be expected to prepare a brief overview of his or her poster presentation and be available for questions and discussion. Poster presentations will be electronic and be presented on monitors.

Presenters will be required to upload their poster two weeks in advance. 
The total length of the session is 25 minutes.

Hands-on learning session
Hands-on learning sessions are skills-based sessions with the aim that delegates will be able to take these skills back to their practice. Abstracts must include learning objectives under the 'objectives' heading. 

The total length of the session is 115 minutes. 

Abstract submission requirements

Abstracts must include a title and should present a clear and accurate overview of the topic. Abstracts must be one, single-spaced paragraph only. Abstracts are limited to 250 words . The  title of the abstract is limited to   10 words.

The following five (5) headings must be used:

1. Introduction OR Rationale
2. Objectives
3. Methods OR Approach
4. Practice Implications or Results
5. Conclusions

If you do not use the five headings, your abstract cannot be considered.

For research papers, results can include projected or preliminary results, if the data is not yet compiled. For extended sessions, the approach to the facilitation of the interactive component of the session must be included.

You will need to provide the following for your abstract: 

Area of focus

Advocacy /policy development
Environment (incl assistive tech, adaptive equipment)
General/professional issues
Mental health
Participation and inclusion
Physical health
Primary care/population health

Client group

Older adult

Level of experience for your session

Beginner (0-2 years of experience in this specific practice or topic area)
Intermediate (3-5 years of experience in this specific practice or topic area)
Advanced (More than 5 years of experience in this specific practice or topic area)

Author names, employers and email if you wish it to appear on the app. Max 10 authors. 

Choice of two key words

CAOT Student submissions

Only current students of entry-level occupational therapy programs are eligible to make student submissions. Individuals can submit in the student category if the primary author is graduating in the year of submission or later. For example, individuals who are graduating from an entry-level program in 2019 can submit by the November 1, 2019 deadline for the 2020 conference. Qualifying students are invited to present in the paper or poster categories only. Please check the box on the abstract submission form to indicate that your submission is a student submission. All other guidelines for submission apply. Please ensure that you have selected either the paper or poster category only. A student submission does not automatically qualify you for student registration. Registration fees are applied based on your current membership type and not your membership type at the time of submission.

Student poster competition
When students submit their abstracts, they can opt to participate in the student poster competition at conference. There will be a prize for the best entry-level student poster presentation and one for the best post-graduate student poster presentation. The primary author must be an entry-level student or a post-graduate student.

CAOT Student Bursary for Conference 2020 
This bursary opportunity is available to each Canadian university. Funds will be collected with registrations, from previous conference delegates who opted to support the bursary. Funding will also come from 2019 conference exhibitors. All entry-level students will be eligible for this award if their university has five students whose abstract has been submitted and accepted, and who plan to present it at conference. The winner of this bursary is the student with the top ranking abstract from each eligible university program. They will receive a share of this bursary up to a maximum of $500 (depending on donations collected) plus a complimentary registration. This applies to only the primary author and they must be an entry-level student at time of submission. If there is more than one primary student author, the bursary and registration can be shared. 

Conflict of interest

A conflict of interest can occur when you (or your employer or sponsor) have a financial, commercial, legal, or professional relationship with other organizations, or with the people working with them, that could influence your submission.

Potential conflicts of interest in relation to your submission could include consultancies, employment, grants or fees/honoraria.

When making a declaration, the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that the author(s) of the abstract submission has/have with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product. Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed on the abstract submission form.

Submit an abstract    You will need to login to your CAOT account or create a guest account.

If you attempt to submit and have technical difficulty, email conference@caot.ca right away with your submission. Emails that arrive by midnight EST, will be accepted. Any other submissions will not be considered. 

Tips for preparing abstracts


If you have any questions about submitting an abstract, please contact us at conference@caot.ca or call 800-434-2268 ext. 232

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