Innovations in Medical Education

Innovations in Medical Education

Please note that the SGIM 2021 Annual Meeting will be virtual. Please take this into consideration as you prepare your submission. Sessions will be pre-recorded with a live-chat Q&A element. Submissions will still be accepted as either oral (pre-recorded) presentations or (virtual) posters.

Innovations in Medical Education (IME) submissions showcase innovative scholarly activities in medical education that are currently in progress or that have been completed. The hallmark of an innovation is that the idea is new and meets an important need in medical education.  The theme of SGIM 2021 is Transforming Values into Action and is a fitting theme given the recent events of the COVID pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement. 

Collectively, internists have met the challenging needs of medical education of the past year with ingenuity and innovation.  We expect to see submissions that highlight our core values as internists and drive progress in medical education.  Projects for submission could include, among others, the development, implementation, or evaluation of innovative courses, curricula, assessments, simulations, virtual patients, resources, web-based tools, or interdisciplinary collaborations.

Unlike scientific abstracts, IME submissions are not required to have complete evaluation data but should include a discussion of proposed qualitative or quantitative metrics. Submissions with evaluation data, whether qualitative or quantitative, may receive higher ratings. Submissions should include enough information about the intervention for session attendees to evaluate feasibility of the innovation at their institution. IME sessions are designed to stimulate collaboration and creative thinking among meeting attendees. 

SUBMISSION WEBSITE
SUBMISSION Guidelines & Policies

Submissions

Key Dates

Submission Length

Submission Criteria

Online Resource URL

Presentation Format

Presentation Selection & Scheduling

Submission Categories

Non-Commercial Funding Source

Authors

Submission & Presentation Tips

Designing a Poster

Topic & Intended Audience


Key Dates

November 19, 2020: Submission Portal Opens
January 6, 2021: Submission Portal Closes (12pm ET)
March 1, 2021: Acceptance Notifications Sent
March 11, 2021: RSVP Responses Due
March 19, 2021: Presentation Recording/Virtual Poster Upload Due

Submission Length

Innovations in Medical Education submissions are limited to 3,000 characters, which does not include the title or list of authors.

Submission Criteria

  1. Title Do not use all caps, quotes, underlining, or bolding.
  2. Learning Objectives (2 Required)These should relate to one of the six ACGME core competencies.
  3. Setting and Participants
  4. Description
  5. Evaluation
  6. Discussion/Reflection/Lessons Learned
  7. Online Resource URL (Optional) See below.
  8. Impact Please address one of the questions below in no more than 500 characters, including spaces
    • How did this innovation change your thinking as an educator or learner?
    • How did this innovation change my practice as an educator or learner?
    • What does this innovation add to medical education or other literature?
  9. Presentation Format See below.
  10. Primary Submission Category All IME submissions will have the primary category "Medical Education and Education Scholarship" See below.
  11. Secondary Submission Category See below.
  12. Non-Commercial Funding Source (Optional) See below.
  13. Policy Verification Confirm understanding of Submission Policies & Presenter Register Policy.
  14. List of Authors See below.

Online Resource URL

  • Submissions may optionally include a website URL that reviewers and conference participants can use to access online resources such as a course syllabus, assessment instrument, implementation guide, or complete web-based course.
  • This URL must be accessible to the public, or guest login information must be provided, valid and available for a time period beginning at the time of submission through at least two weeks after the last day of the conference.
  • The URL will count in word/character counts.

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.

Presentation Selection & Scheduling

Oral Presentations:

Highly-rated 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. Due to the virtual format of the meeting this year, presenters will be asked to pre-record their presentation and be logged in to the virtual platform during their session time to participate in Q&A.

Poster Presentations:

Well-rated submissions will be accepted to present as virtual posters. Presenters will be asked to create a digital poster that will be accessible throughout the meeting on the platform and be available for scheduled live chat times with attendees.

Note on Virtual Format:

If accepted, presenters will need to submit their presentation no later than March 19, 2021, and be available for a live discussion/Virtual Q&A during their assigned time slot(s) during the conference dates of April 20 – 23, 2021.

Submission Categories

Primary Category

All IME submissions will be entered under the “Medical Education and Education Scholarship” primary category.

Secondary Categories

Required: select one secondary category that best fits your submission.

  •  Community Engagement
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME)
  • COVID-19
  • Curriculum Development
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Medicine
  • Health Systems Science
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Learner Assessment
  • Medical Student Education (UME)
  • Patient Safety
  • Postgraduate Education (GME)
  • Professionalism
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Improvement
  • Simulation-Based Education
  • Teaching Pedagogy/Learning Theory
  • Teams
  • Telemedicine
  • Web-Based Education

Non-Commercial Funding Source

Optional. Choose as many as apply:

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

The program committee reserves the right to use this information in scheduling. 

Authors

Adding Authors:

You will be asked to enter the names and affiliations of all authors who contributed to your submission. Please confirm all authors contact information before submitting.

To add an author in the submission form:

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

After adding an author, please ensure the information is correct and current

  • Name 
  • Institution
  • City/State
  • Email Address: Co-authors will receive an automated email notification inviting them to fill out a disclosure at the email address listed. 
  • SGIM Membership Status: We ask this information for Annual Meeting email marketing purposes. Membership is not required for submission. Not sure of an author's membership status? Select non-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. Only one author can be designated as the presenting author.

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

Poster Design & Presentation Tips

Topic & Intended Audience

Know your topic and your intended audience: 

  • Which attendees are your primary target audience?
  • Why is this important to them?
  • Is it innovative and creative?
  • 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.