Innovations in Medical Education

Innovations in Medical Education

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. Projects for submission 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.



November 16, 2017: Early submission opens ($75)
December 7, 2017 9:00 AM ET: Submission fee increases ($85)
January 4, 2018 9:00 AM ET: Submission closes
February 8, 2018: Acceptance notifications emailed
February 15, 2018: Early Registration Deadline
February 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM ET: RSVP Invitations due

 Peer Review Criteria


January 9, 2018: Peer Review Period Opens
January 23, 2018 9:00 AM ET: Peer Review Period 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. IME submissions will be ranked using the following criteria:

  1. Clear Goals
    • Are objectives clear, measurable, and appropriate for the target audience?
  2. Appropriate Methods
    • Is the intervention well described? Are teaching method(s) appropriate to meet defined objectives?
    • Are assessment measures adequate to evaluate outcomes? For technology-enhanced submissions, is the technology appropriate for the objectives, implemented effectively, and user-friendly?
  3. Degree of Innovation
    • Is this work truly innovative, i.e. do authors show that it is a novel concept or an implementation not done elsewhere?
    • Does it fill an unmet need?
  4. Potential for Impact
    • Is it more than an adaptation to local needs?
    • Is the innovation feasible elsewhere?
    • Does the abstract convey how the innovation can be implemented?
    • Is there reflection on lessons learned, and what may be valuable to others?

Peer Review Rubric

Peer Review Instructions

Submission Criteria

See IME submission criteria below.

New For 2018: Innovations In Medical Education Hands-On Tech Submissions

    In addition to submitting as a poster presentation or oral presentation, presenters will have the opportunity to demonstrate a piece of technology being used (e.g. app, devices for learner interaction, content delivery system) as part of an innovation in medical education during a special hands-on session.  Submissions may include technology developed by a presenter or an innovative use or implementation of technology developed by others. "Hands-on Tech" presenters must be SGIM members and submissions must conform to the requirements below

    • If accepted, presenters must be available during the only IME Poster Session on Friday, April 13, 2018 to present from 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM (90 minutes).  Rescheduling requests cannot be accommodated.
    • A 6' L x 2' W skirted table will be provided. The piece of technology must fit within this space.
    • Power outlets and Wi-Fi to all meeting attendees will be provided during this session, but presenters are responsible for any other technical or audiovisual equipment that they may need.
    • Shipping and storage of equipment must be managed independently by the presenter. Shipping and delivery of equipment services are available through the Business Office of the Annual Meeting headquarters hotel.
    • A 4'H x 8'W poster board will be placed behind the table. Presenters must provide a poster describing the innovation.

    If you would like to submit an IME abstract that includes a technology demonstration, please check the box titled "Hands-on Tech" during the abstract submission process in Step 3: Details.

      Submission Length

      Innovations in Medical Education 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:
      • Needs and objectives
      • Setting and participants
      • Description
      • Evaluation
      • Discussion / reflection / lessons learned
      • Online resource URL (if included)
      • Impact (≤ 500 characters, including spaces in this text field)

      Submission Structure

      1. Title (No all caps, quotes, underlining, or bolding.)
      2. Needs and Objectives
      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?

      Additional Submission Details

      1. Presentation Format Preference (Oral Presentation Only, Poster Presentation Only or No Preference. See below.)
      2. Submission Categories (One category required. Second category optional. See below.)
      3. Theme Related Submission (Does this submission content relate to the meeting theme? This information is not part of the peer review process. If accepted, your response may impact the scheduling of your presentation. Yes/No.)
      4. Poster Walk-Through Participation (Optional. See below.)
      5. Scheduling Restrictions (If accepted to present from Round One, please identify scheduling conflicts.)
      6. Non-Commercial Funding Source (Optional. See below.)
      7. Policy Verification (Confirm understanding of Submission Policies & Presenter Registration Policy.)
      8. Accuracy (Confirm accuracy of information submitted.)
      9. Authors (Name, Institution, City/State, Email)

      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. Except for submissions tagged as Web innovations, the content of this URL will not be considered in submission decisions. For Web-based education submissions, reviewers will access the URL if provided and will consider the website as part of the review process; Web innovations without a URL will be judged solely on the submitted text.

      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.

      Submission Categories (IME)

      First submission category required. Second submission category optional.
      Identify a minimum of one and a maximum of two categories:

      • Continuing education (CME)
      • Curriculum development
      • Interprofessional education
      • Learner assessment
      • Medical student education (UGME)
      • Patient safety
      • Postgraduate education (GME)
      • Professionalism
      • Program evaluation
      • Quality improvement
      • Simulation-based education
      • Teaching pedagogy/learning theory
      • Teams
      • Web-based education

      Theme Related Submission

        Optional. Does this submission content relate to the meeting theme? This information is not part of the peer review process. If accepted, your response may impact the scheduling of your presentation.

        Poster Walk-Through Participation

          Optional. If accepted for poster presentation, do we have your permission to schedule you to participate in a walk-through? A walk-through session will include an expert in your identified category bringing a small group of attendees around to discuss your work. (Yes/No)

          IME Scheduling

          There is only one IME Poster Session:

          1. Session L: Friday, April 13, 2018, 2:15 - 3:45 PM
          There are two IME Oral Presentation Sessions:
          1. Session G: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
          2. Session Q: Saturday, April 14, 2018,11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

          Scheduling Restrictions for Presenting Authors

          If accepted as a poster, rescheduling requests cannot be accommodated due to limited programming.

          If accepted as an oral presentation,
          rescheduling requests can only be accommodated within the two IME Oral Presentation Sessions. The program committee will make every effort, but cannot guarantee, to avoid all scheduling conflicts.

          Non-Commercial Funding Source

          Choose as many as apply:

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

          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.