Call for Abstracts & Symposia

The ISPO Global Educators Meeting (GEM) Working Group is pleased to open the Call for Abstracts for the 2024 GEM meeting in Houston, Texas, USA, at Baylor College of Medicine.

The call for abstracts and symposia is closed.

Please email gem@ispoint.org with any questions


Call for Abstract

We invite P&O educators to submit abstracts related to prosthetic and orthotic education which highlight our theme. There is no requirement to cover all three terms in the theme, but we do hope your submission addresses a minimum of one of these. Here are some topic areas to consider based upon feedback from our previous conference attendees: program sustainability, teaching and assessment methods, clinical education and internships, and accreditation. Though, the organizing committee welcomes any topic area as long as its intended target audience is P&O educators.

Please complete the submission form according to the following guidelines:

Intended format: Poster or oral presentation.

Name and Credentials: The name, credentials, and organization of the speaker should be listed as the first author. All other co-author names, credentials, and organizations should be listed in the submission.

Release Statement: By indicating, you will have the opportunity to express in which way you allow ISPO to make use of the material you submit. ISPO has a long-term goal of making much of the material presented at GEM meetings available via the ISPO Learn platform.

Self-identification of theme association: which of the three theme terms do you feel your submission fits best within?

Title(s): Submit a title of no more than 150 characters and a summary title of no more than 50 characters.

Abstract: Submit a structured abstract of no more than 300 words.  Abstracts with results will be prioritized over abstracts describing a project which is in progress. The abstract should include the following sections: background, objective, methods, results, and conclusion.

Statement of Relevance: A statement of no more than two sentences should provide the relevance of the submitted abstract to prosthetic and orthotic education and the program theme.

References: A reference list for your abstract should be provided (maximum of 5 references).

The deadline for abstracts was April 15th, 2024.

Call for Symposia

We invite P&O educators to submit proposals for symposia related to orthotic and prosthetic education which highlight our theme. Symposia are typically greater in length and more flexible in structure than free papers. Presenters in symposia are typically topic experts either collectively discussing, or individually contributing to a wider topic involving all speakers. These sessions can include the presentation of specific projects, but can also involve the participation of the audience. The programme committee of the GEM is open to suggestions of structure and content in proposals and encourages submissions to be creative in the execution of these sessions. We welcome submissions from a broad spectrum of topics, as long as this can be related to and useful for P&O educators and is potentially linked to the theme if the GEM (Innovate. Collaborate. Educate.) The allotted time for symposia will be 60 minutes. Competitive entries will include a minimum of 4 speakers and link multiple themes of the GEM.

Please complete the submission form according to the following guidelines:

Proposed format (checkboxes including items):

  • Powerpoint presentation (mandatory)
  • Audience participation
  • no connectivity requirement
  • connectivity required
  • Real-time survey(s)
  • Panel discussion
  • Q&A
  • Workshops
  • Other: (open-ended response possible)

Name and Credentials: The name, credentials, and organization for all speakers.

Release Statement: By indicating, you will have the opportunity to express in which way you allow ISPO to make use of the material you submit. ISPO has a long-term goal of making much of the material presented at GEM meetings available via the ISPO Learn platform.

Self-identification of theme association: which of the three theme terms do you feel your submission fits best within?

Title(s): Submit a title of no more than 150 characters and a summary title of no more than 50 characters.

Abstract: Submit a structured abstract of no more than 300 words. The abstract should include the following sections: background, objectives (experiential or learning), and format.

Statement of Relevance: A statement of no more than two sentences should provide the relevance of the submitted abstract to orthotic and prosthetic education and the program theme.

References: A reference list for your abstract should be provided (maximum of 5 references).

The deadline for symposia was April 15th, 2024.