Session Types for Abstract Submission

Because CME credit will be available for the conference, presentations must address needs-based topic areas, be supported by evidence, and support professional practice changes by attendees. To assist in content selection and placement, the planning committee will pay close attention to the topic and the individual criteria for selection as stated below.


Clinical Topics in Global Family Medicine

Historically, global health was synonymous with exotic infections. More recently, the chronic diseases of affluence have surpassed these as taking the largest toll of life abroad. This theme consists of didactic sessions focusing on the exotic diseases that are indeed still encountered abroad, as well as the diagnosis and management of common and chronic diseases in resource-limited environments. Public health and prevention are also important here. Innovative approaches to patient care in the absence of technology, repair and maintenance of equipment (medical and other), and other aspects of medical logistics fall under this theme. These sessions are very practical and to-the-point, enlightening the newcomer and updating the experienced global health physician.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Degree to which there is a need for eduction in the topic area, including prevalence of the condition, new developments, and overall timeliness of topic.
  2. Expertise of presenter to present in topic area.
  3. Organization of lecture and ability of presenter to impart learning objectives and content effectively.

Global Expansion of Family Medicine

Family Medicine as a discipline offers solutions to many of the world's healthcare challenges, such as access, cost-effectiveness, integration rather than fragmentation, and equity. For this reason, across the globe Family Medicine is being adopted.  CGHI's roots trace back to a handful of consultants responding to requests for assistance to help implement the discipline in other nation.  This theme addresses the establishment and refinement of Family Medicine as a discipline abroad.  Not merely transplanting the US model abroad, but rather discovering and developing sustainable, self-propagating, indigenous models of Family Medicine is the goal.  Topics include community and health system assessment, initiating Family Medicine training at the predoctoral and graduate medical education levels, retraining other specialists into the discipline, faculty development, interacting with those who make and those who implement policy, governmental and NGO stakeholders, political challenges and opportunities. Presentations in this theme include both the philosophical and the pragmatic considerations on the larger scale: regional and national levels.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Degree to which the activity reported or perspective offered is significant and relevant to Global Health Workshop attendees.
  2. Degree to which the activity or perspective is novel or innovative.
  3. Degree of potential impact of the activity or perspective.
  4. Diversity of presentations at Global Health Workshop with regard to geographic areas or types of Family Medicine expansion/integration.


Incorporating Global Health into Family Medicine Training and Practice

Many family physicians are personally involved in global health, both at home and abroad. Indeed, Family Medicine is rightly a leader in global health. More than merely "international" medicine, global health transcend national boundaries and affect us all. This theme includes global health program design and implementation, both those educationally driven (medical school and residency electives or tracks) and those driven by humanitarian motives (medical missions, disaster response). It also encompasses the local practice of global health ("GLOCAL") in settings or among populations with striking similarities to those abroad: the underserved, refugees, rural or intercity populations, or post-disaster care.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Degree to which progam design and implementation has been completed and evaluated.
  2. Potential impact of the activity.
  3. Degree to which session provides new insights in program design to attendees.
  4. General reproducibility and applicability to other contexts.
  5. Overall relevance of program design to Global Health Workshop audience.


Reflections in Global Health

Experiencing a new culture - especially when the visible needs, resources, values, and relationships starkly differ from one's own - can change one's life, or even world view. The majority of global health articles contributed by medical students or residents to the medical literature are reflective in nature. What changes in the participant is perhaps more important than what changes through the participant. This theme presents a venue for sharing testimonials, critiques, philosophical musings, poems, or even works of art about life-changing experiences gained while engaged in global health work.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Relevancy of reflection for Global Health Workshop audience.
  2. Degree of critical reflection and depth of reflection.
  3. Diversity of voice and perspectives represented by presentation.


Research and Evaluation of Global Family Medicine

Much global health work has been done over the years. The majority of it has not been evaluated for effectiveness or harm. What are the needs? What are the results? This theme focuses on meaningful research of global health problems and evaluation of global health programs. Are we making a difference clinically? in public health? in societal terms? educationally (for US and/or non-US learners)? How can these things best be measured? In an era of evidence-based medicine, it is imperative that our outreach abroad is also evidence based. Share your data and data-collection strategies here!

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Use of appropriate research methodology and systematic data collection and analysis. Relevancy of topic of research for Global Health Workshop audience.
  2. Magnitude of implications research has on education, practice, program development or other aspects of global health.
  3. Preference will be given to outcome-oriented data.