Innovations in Healthcare Delivery

Innovations in Healthcare Delivery

Innovations in Healthcare Delivery (IHD) submissions address improvements across multiple domains of healthcare including patient outcomes, provider experience, healthcare cost and quality, and health inequities.  Appropriate topics include quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, implementation and evaluation of innovative clinical programs or care delivery models (e.g., medical home and chronic care delivery models), applied informatics in healthcare, systems engineering, translating research into practice, methods to effect changes in clinicians’ behavior, and strategies to enhance cost-effectiveness (including population health programs for value-based payment arrangements).

Submissions are required to include evaluation data, which can include qualitative and/or quantitative measures. Submissions should address the reproductibility and feasibility of the intervention at their practice or community.


Key Dates

November 13, 2019: Submission opens ($75)

December 5, 2019 9:00 AM ET: Submission fee increases ($85)
January 16, 2020 9:00 AM ET: Submission closes
March 3, 2020: Acceptance notifications emailed
March 10, 2020 at 9:00 AM ET: RSVP deadline

Submission Criteria

Submission Length

Innovations in Healthcare Delivery submissions are limited to 3,000 characters, including spaces. The title is not included in the total character count.
Maximum character count limit applies only to these sections:

  • Statement of Problem or Question (one sentence)
  • Objectives of Program/Intervention (no more than three objectives)
  • Description of Program/Intervention, including organizational context (e.g., inpatient vs. outpatient, practice or community characteristics)
  • Measures of success (discuss qualitative or quantitative metrics that will be used to evaluate program/intervention)
  • Findings to Date (it is not sufficient to state "findings will be discussed")
  • Key Lessons for Dissemination (what can others take away for implementation to their practice or community?)

Submission Structure

  1. Title (No all caps, quotes, underlining, or bolding.)
  2. Statement of Problem or Question (One sentence.)
  3. Objectives of Program/Intervention (No more than three objectives.)
  4. Description of Program/Intervention (Include organizational context: e.g., inpatient vs. outpatient, practice or community characteristics.
  5. Measures of Success (Discuss qualitative or quantitative metrics that will be used to evaluate program/intervention.)
  6. Findings to Date (It is not insufficient to state “findings will be discussed.”)
  7. Key Lessons for Dissemination (what can others take away for implementation to their practice or community?)
  8. Presentation Format Preference (Presentation Only, Poster Presentation Only or No Preference. See below.)
  9. Primary Category (Required. See below.)
  10. Scheduling Restrictions (If accepted to present from Round One, please identify scheduling conflicts. See below.)
  11. Non-Commercial Funding Source (Optional. See below.)
  12. Policy Verification (Confirm understanding of Submission Policies & Presenter Register Policy.)
  13. Accuracy (Confirm accuracy of information submitted.)
  14. Authors (Required. Name, Institution, City/State, Email.)

Presentation Format

Identify your preference for presentation format:

  • Oral Presentation Only
  • Poster Presentation Only
  • No Preference

Format choice matters:

  • SGIM schedules accepted submissions based on the results of the peer review process. The most highly rated submissions are scheduled for an oral presentation followed by those rated highly enough for presentation as posters.
  • We recommend stipulating “no preference”, as it will increase the likelihood of your submission being accepted.
  • If you stipulate “oral presentation only” and your submission is only ranked highly enough for a poster presentation, you will receive a rejection notification.
  • Submissions funded through direct commercial support should select “poster only” as their choice, as poster sessions do not offer CME credit hours.

Primary Category

Submitting authors MUST select one category for each submission:
  • Care Coordination
  • Care Delivery Models
  • Community/Home-based Medicine
  • Education
  • Health Equity/Social Determinants of Health
  • Healthcare Access
  • Healthcare Costs
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Healthcare Quality
  • Patient Safety
  • Physician Wellness
  • Population Health

Plenary Oral Presentation Scheduling

The higest-ranked peer-reviewed submissions will be accepted and scheduled as oral presentations during Thursday's Plenary Session.

Oral Presentation Session Scheduling

  • Top rated peer-reviewed submissions will be scheduled as oral presentations during Oral Presentation Sessions.
  • Each session typically features four total oral presentations with 10 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes of audience Q&A)
  • Innovations in Healthcare Delivery Oral Presentations are typically scheduled during sessions G, N, and Q

Poster Session Scheduling

  • Highly-rated submissions will be accepted and scheduled as Poster presentations during Poster Sessions.
  • Innovations in Healthcare Delivery will be included in the following sessions:
    • Poster Session 1: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (5:30 – 7:00 pm)
    • Poster Session 3: Thursday, May 9, 2019 (4:30 – 6:00 pm)
    • Poster Session 5: Friday, May 10, 2019 (4:30 – 6:00 pm)
  • Poster Sessions will be organized by submission type, then submission categories.

Scheduling Restrictions for Presenting Authors (Optional)

You will have the option to note any scheduling conflicts, including religious observances, when submitting your Innovation.

Non-Commercial Funding Source (Optional)

Choose as many as apply:

  • AHRQ Funding
  • DOD Funding
  • NIH Funding
  • PCOR Research Grant
  • RWJ Foundation
  • VA Funding
  • Other

The Program Committee reserves the right to use this information in scheduling.


Search for author’s existing account in ScholarOne to avoid creating duplicate accounts. Search by first name, last name, or email address. If no account exists, create an account for the co-author. Co-authors will receive an automated email inviting them to update their contact information and fill out a disclosure.

Search and Add Authors.

  1. Name
  2. Institution
  3. City/State
  4. Email Address
  5. SGIM Membership Status (if unknown, select "not a member")

Designate Presenting Author Select the presenting author option next to the author in the author listing to designate the presenting author. This author will present the poster or oral presentation if accepted. This author’s name will be underlined in the Journal of General Internal Medicine’s Annual Meeting Online Supplement.

Order Author List Arrange the order of the author listing by selecting order number next to each author. Typically first authors are designated as the presenting author, unless another co-author is designated to present.

Submission & Presentation Tips

Designing a Poster


Topic and Intended Audience

Know your topic and your intended audience:
  • Which attendees are your primary target audience?
  • Why is this important to them?
  • Will it stimulate excitement?
  • Is the topic timely?
  • Does it help audience members meet an urgent need? (e.g. accreditation issues)
  • How much time does your topic require?
  • Choose the most appropriate category for submission. Then identify as many tracks as you think apply.

Peer Review Criteria

Key Dates

October 21, 2019: Peer Review Signup Open
January 9, 2020: Peer Review Signup Closes
January 28, 2020: Peer Review Opens
February 11, 2020: Peer Review Closes

Peer Review Criteria

Panels of SGIM member volunteers will review all submissions. Reviewers will be blinded to author(s) and institution(s) during the review process. Innovations in Heathcare Delivery submissions will be rated and ranked using the following criteria.

  1. Relevance/Importance:
    • Saliency of topic to clinical practice of general internal medicine
  2. Creativity/Originality:
    • Degree to which concept or approach is original
  3. Methods:
    • Appropriateness of intervention design and qualitative or quantitative methods used to assess impact of intervention on stated outcomes of interest
  4. Findings/Measures of Success:
    • Appropriateness of choice of measurement, clarity of findings
  5. Feasibility/Generalizability:
    • Degree to which results may be applied in other institution

Peer Review Rubric


Peer Review Instructions