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Abstract Submission Deadline

Monday, June 25, 2018

5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (US)


Call for Abstracts

The Planning Committee for the 19th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2019), is seeking abstracts describing research studies in healthcare simulation. We welcome abstracts describing the use of simulation to address a variety of healthcare-related issues, including, but not limited to:

  • Training
  • Assessment
  • Patient care delivery
  • Patient safety
  • Quality improvement
  • Systems analysis & modeling
  • Medical device evaluation
  • High-technology manikin-based simulation
  • Virtual reality and 3D systems
  • Serious games
  • Standardized patients
  • Hybrid models
  • Task trainers
  • Low cost/low resource innovations
  • Technical modifications
  • And many more!

Abstracts will be accepted in the following categories:

1. Research Abstract - Study Complete or Nearing Completion

Abstracts in this category represent completed or nearly complete studies in which simulation is either the subject of the research or is used as a research tool.  Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods studies are welcomed.  A specific research question and hypothesis are required. Established research methodologies and theoretical frameworks should inform the intervention, study design, and assessment process.  Descriptive statistics (and appropriately performed interim analyses) may be presented. Use of inferential statistics on incomplete data, however, is strongly discouraged. Theoretical frameworks used to inform the intervention, methodology, or assessment process should be included when appropriate.

Nearly complete works may receive conditional acceptance, with final data submission due 9/1/2018.  These studies wil be evaluated for formal acceptance after a second review.

2. Research Study Development and Presentation Program  

Abstracts in this category describe studies in the development phase or in early stages of implementation for which the author wishes to receive focused review and feedback. This category is intended to help investigators better design, develop, implement, and prepare simulation-based research projects. Abstracts submitted to this category should represent research studies and ideas that hold promise to answer important questions in the field of simulation.

Authors of abstracts accepted into this track will be invited to present their work during a series of special sessions at IMSH 2019 designed to foster collaboration among researchers working in similar topic areas. Participants in this program will receive feedback from fellow research colleagues on important topics such as the relevance of the identified problem, components of study design, study aims and goals, resource allocation, methodological considerations, outcome measures, and assessment metrics. Special consideration will be given to those topics most relevant for eventual publication of the completed study.


Decision notifications will be sent in early Fall 2018.

Ethics Review

All studies must adhere to the requirements of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) / Human Subjects Board / Ethical Board of Review of the institution within which it was conducted.

Peer Review

All abstracts submitted will be reviewed in a rigorous, blinded peer-review process.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

All contributors to your study must complete a Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships form before your entry will be considered. Instructions for locating the “Disclosure” tab in your profile at will be sent directly to all authors and co-authors at the time of submission.

Required Components

Hypothesis/Research Question (1,000 characters, including spaces)

Must contain the hypothesis and research question for the research study, or outline the problem being addressed through the innovation project. Provide background information on a current gap in knowledge or need in a specific area in healthcare simulation. State the importance of the study/project to the simulation healthcare community. Include citations to relevant literature if appropriate.

Methods (1,000 characters, including spaces)

Describe the study/project design, experimental method(s), design strategies, participants involved, apparatus and equipment used, procedures followed, and techniques employed. For quantitative Research Studies, include the independent and dependent variables where appropriate as well as modes of data analysis. Relevant theoretical frameworks should be included if applicable to the study topic.

Results (1,000 characters, including spaces)

Completed Studies - Describe what was learned from the study or project. Include a narrative summary of the findings describing the analyzed data. Statistical analyses should be described clearly. Projects containing an assessment component should outline any evaluative reports or findings obtained. NOTE: You may not cut and paste a table into this text box.

Studies Nearing Completion - Submitters of abstracts for studies that will be complete prior to September 1, 2018 should report results as “Anticipated”. Final data is due no later than September 1, 2018. If data is incomplete as of this date, the abstract may be re-categorized to the Research Study Development & Presentation Program.

Conclusions (1,000 characters, including spaces)

Describe your conclusions, how the results do/do not support the research question and/or project objective, and the resulting implications for the healthcare simulation community. Do not use a table in this section. The conclusion should be a narrative summary of the results and findings.

References (no character limit)

Please follow the Reference Format Guidelines when entering your references. LIMIT: Five (5) references.

Assessment Criteria - Research Abstract (Study Complete or Nearing Completion)

 Nature of the Research Question

  • Is the question novel or innovative?
  • Does it build on the foundation of previous simulation research?
  • What would the answers to this question contribute to the field?
  • Does the proposed study offer a new or innovative solution to an existing problem in simulation?

Quality/Appropriateness of Research Methods

  • How was it performed?
  • For quantitative studies: What statistical methodologies were used? Do the results fully and accurately characterize the available data? Do the conclusions naturally follow from the results?
  • For mixed methods studies: In addition to the above considerations, were both approaches given appropriate weight in the results? Were they cohesively integrated in the results and conclusion?
  • What is the level of evidence? (Although all levels of evidence will be considered, evidence of objective change in knowledge, skills or patient outcome is preferred)

For qualitative studies: Were theoretical frameworks appropriate? Was the sampling justified? Was the analytic approach described? Are the results clearly linked to the methods used? Does the conclusion naturally follow from the results?

Assessment Criteria - Research Study Development & Presentation Program

Nature of the Research Question

  • Is the research question novel or innovative?
  • Does the topic build on the foundation of previous simulation research?

Presentation Information

Completed Studies & Award-winning Abstracts (Poster Presentation)

Abstracts of Completed Studies accepted to IMSH will be displayed as a mounted, printed poster from Sunday, January 27 - Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

Abstracts of Completed Studies accepted to IMSH will be presented poster-side during IMSH Professor Rounds on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 3:00 - 7:00 PM.

Oral presentations of award-winning abstracts will be presented in a special educational session on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

Accepted Research Abstracts - Completed Studies will be published in an online edition of Simulation in Healthcare in the Spring of 2019.

Research Study Development &  Presentation Program (Oral Presentation)

Oral presentations of accepted abstracts to the Research Study Development & Presentation Program will be presented with other similar projects in moderated, small group cohorts on Monday and Tuesday, January 28-29, 2019.

Registration Requirement

Both Poster and Oral Presenters of accepted abstracts must register for IMSH 2019. We do not offer discounted IMSH registration fees. Several registration options are available, including one-day registration.  Presenters are responsible for expenses incurred for IMSH registration, lodging, and travel to the meeting.  Presenters are encouraged to register prior to the Early Bird Registration deadline of November 15, 2018.  Presentation spots will NOT be held for presenters who have not registered by January 15, 2019. 

Promotional Content
Marketing and promotional content may NOT be included when presenting abstracts at IMSH 2019.

Protection of Intellectual Property

Research content presented at IMSH 2019 is the sole intellectual property of the principal investigator and contributing authors, and is not to be copied, used or shared for any purpose without express written consent.

Tips for Preparing and Discussing Your Mounted, Printed Poster (Accepted Completed Studies and Award-winners)

The following are some tips for designing your mounted, printed poster.  These tips are meant to serve as guidelines.  Your institution may also have some suggested best practices in poster design as well.

POSTER SIZE  The overall size of the final poster can be no more than 8 ft in width by 4 ft in height (2.44 m x 1.22 m).  Posters larger than this will not fit on the boards. 

If using PowerPoint to prepare your poster, the final poster size can be set by opening the slide, clicking on the design tab, then clicking on page setup in the task bar.  Both width and height should then be set to less than 48 inches, though the exact proportion is up to you.

POSTER PRINTING  The Society is offering a poster printing service this year.  Check back to this page for printing instructions. 

POSTER TEXT  Keep the poster text to a minimum, using short phrases and bullets to share information instead of lengthy paragraphs.

Use larger fonts (35-40 point or larger) to enhance readability.  Calibri, Arial, and Times New Roman are good fonts to use.

POSTER ID  Please include your assigned poster ID# and the poster submission category (Research, Program Innovation, Technology Innovation) in the top left corner. Include first names in the author list to encourage discussion.
  • Use headings for each section. Most research posters will include at least the following headings:
  • Introduction (problem studied, background information with key references, knowledge gap)
  • Purpose (succinct statement of the purpose of the study)
  • Materials and Methods (describe your study methods, sample, simulation equipment used)
  • Results (use graphs and tables to highlight your data)
  • Discussion (synthesis of the work, comparison of the results with current literature)
  • Conclusion (what is the value to practice, education, sim community)
  • Information should flow top to bottom and left to right.
  • Use color to accent your poster, but be careful not to let it be distracting.
  • Make sure all graphs and pictures have a legend that describes them.
  • Describe the work you have done to interested individuals in a succinct manner using different words (do not read your poster).
  • Prepare a 5 minute talk that briefly reviews the highlight of your work and complements the information that is on your poster. 
  • Consider preparing a handout with talking points if attendees have additional questions.
  • Bring business cards so if anyone would like more information they can easily contact you later.
Tips for Preparing and Presenting Oral Presentations (Award-winners and Research Study Development & Presentation Program Abstracts)

Download the template of three pre-designed, PowerPoint slides for use in designing your presentation. 

  • The finished PowerPoint file will be displayed on the ePoster kiosks in a searchable loop, and will also be available for your formal oral presentation.
  • Please include your assigned poster ID# and the poster’s submission category (WIP-Research, WIP-Program Innovation, WIP-Technology Innovation) in the top left corner.
  • Include first names in the author list to encourage discussion.
  • The slide template includes both headings and suggested font sizes. Do not overcrowd your slides with too much information and too small a font.  You will want the audience to be able to read what is on the slide.
  • Select the most critical information to put on the slides and the information that will tell the audience the most about your study.
  • Do not read your slides during the oral presentation. Use this opportunity to add verbal information to the presentation so the audience gains information.
  • Plan on no more than 1-2 minutes per slide to ensure you stay within the 5 minute time frame.  If possible, leave a few extra minutes for questions.
  • If using graphics, keep them simple so the audience can understand them.  Pay close attention to the use of color so that it is not distracting.
  • Dynamic visual elements may be embedded within the slides, provided that they convey useful information and do not cause the presentation to go over its allotted time.
  • Do a practice run with friends or colleagues.
Please note that your most current slides MUST be uploaded to the IMSH presentation system no later than Thursday, January 24, 2019.  We encourage you to also bring your Oral Presentation on a flash drive as a back-up for your presentation .  Failure do to so will be interpreted as withdrawal of your work from the conference

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