Call for Abstracts


Submissions are welcome from all disciplines within the health care professions on the topic of whole person care which is healthcare that relates to the recipient of care as a whole person (as opposed to a relationship limited to a disease, an organ system or even a whole body). The intention of whole person care is to synergize the power of modern biomedicine with the potential for healing of every person who seeks the help of a healthcare practitioner. Abstracts may be submitted for Workshops, Proffered Papers, or Posters.

Workshop:
  • a 45 minute in-depth, interactive session given by one or more presenters (maximum number recommended is 4).
  • a 90 minute in-depth, interactive session given by one or more presenters (maximum number recommended is 4).

Proffered Papers:

  • a 20 minute presentation (15 minute talk and 5 minute question period) by one presenter.

Poster: A visual presentation describing a project or activity. Posters must be designed to fit the predetermined guidelines. They are mounted on the first day of the Congress and taken down on the final day. As much as possible, authors are expected to be present with their poster during breaks to answer questions from participants. No audiovisual support is provided for poster presentations.

Deadline for Oral Abstract Submission: CLOSED
Deadline for Poster Abstract Submission: CLOSED

Publication of Abstracts
All accepted abstracts will be published in the Symposium Book of Abstracts.

How to Submit an Abstract:
Please complete the Online Abstract Submission Form. There is no paper version of this form. Abstracts not prepared correctly will NOT be considered.

Once your abstract has been successfully transmitted online, you will receive a confirmation email from the Congress Secretariat with a confirmation/abstract number. Please make sure to keep this number for your records.

Online Instructions

  • Section 1: Presenting Author
    All correspondence will be sent to the presenting author. Please ensure that your contact information is correct.

  • Section 2: Authors' Institutions
    Please enter the name of each institution with which the authors are affiliated. For each one, please indicate the name of the institution, city, province and country. Each one will be numbered. In Section 3 (Authors), you will be asked to indicate the corresponding number next to each author entered.

  • Section 3: Authors
    Please enter each author (first name last name) and indicate the corresponding institution(s) by number. Do not include degrees or professional titles (Prof., MD, RN, etc.). All authors must be entered, including the presenting author, since this is the data that will be used when publishing the abstracts. The names will be listed in the order in which they have been entered, so it is important that the first or main author be the first one you enter.

  • Section 4: Language
    Abstracts may be submitted in English or in French. Please indicate the language of your abstract. As this is an international conference which is held in English, simultaneously submitting an English translation of a French abstract is likely to be advantageous in terms of maximizing the potential audience for the presentation. Oral Presentations must be in English. Posters may be presented in either English or French. Please indicate the language in which you intend to present your poster.

  • Section 5: Topic Categories
    Please select the category most appropriate to the content of your abstract. Abstract topic categories include:
  • Healing
  • Suffering
  • Professionalism
  • Inter-Professionalism
  • Wisdom at the Margins
  • Mindful Clinical Practice
  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Nursing
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Palliative and Hospice Care
  • Community Based Care
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Education
  • Research
  • Creative Arts
  • Program Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Structure
  • Preventative Care
  • Spirituality
  • Family
  • Mind-Body Medicine
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Wellness
  • Managing at an individual level
  • History
  • Social Movement
  • Social Media
  • Theory and Philosophy
  • Self-Care
  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Other



  • Section 6: Abstract Title
    • The abstract title should clearly define the content of the paper. It should be typed using Title Case (upper and lower characters).


  • Section 7: Abstract Text
    • The use of tables, graphs and other types of images in the abstract is not permitted.
    • The use of abbreviations is permissible provided that the term is spelled out in full the first time it appears, with the abbreviation shown in parentheses following the term.
    • Proofread your abstract carefully.

Authors must submit abstracts online using the Online Abstract Submission Form.

Once your abstract has been successfully transmitted online, you will receive a confirmation letter from the Programme Department with a confirmation/abstract number. Please make sure to keep this number for your records.