Call for Proposals

PDW-RPS 2019

Share your knowledge and expertise!


Proposals accepted between now and Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 

October 2018

  • Proposal notifications sent via email
  • Acceptance documents due
  • Professional headshot due

February 2019

  • Workshop presentation due
  • Innovation Showcase slide (one slide) due
  • Poster file due

All proposals must be submitted by Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Submit a proposal for a PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium workshop, poster, or showcase presentation.

Anyone in family medicine residency education including program directors, associate program directors, faculty, administrators and coordinators, nurses, and other team members can submit proposals.

Need ideas? Review the needs-based topic list(8 page PDF) for inspiration.

CME Requirements

  • All presentations must address needs-based topics, be supported by evidence, and encourage professional practice changes by attendees.
  • The CME Conflict of Interest Disclosure must be completed by all presenters at the time the proposal is submitted.
  • A conflict of interest does NOT prevent a proposal from being selected but the conflicts may need to be mitigated.
  • On the Conflict of Interest Disclosure form, you will be asked to indicate the role(s) you hold as related to your proposal. Please indicate all roles you will fill for these presentations. These roles may include but are not limited to:
    • Presentation Faculty
    • Author
    • Editor
    • Do NOT select Staff unless you are employed by the AAFP

Selection Process

  • The PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium Planning Committee, made up of your peers, selects workshops to create a well-rounded symposium.
  • To assist in content selection and placement, the Planning Committee will pay close attention to the Topic, Audience(s), Interactive Methods, and Recommended Practice Changes selected on the proposal form to ensure impactful content and placement.
  • Preference is given to solution-focused presentations that will improve work and personal satisfaction in residency for faculty, residents and other staff.
  • If selected, all presenters are responsible for their own travel, hotel, and registration arrangements. Honorariums are not available for this symposium. Registration will open in December.


  • Workshops will be a total of 60 minutes in length.
  • The total number of presenters for each workshop should not exceed three (3).
  • If selected, workshops will be assigned between Friday, April 5, 2019, and Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
  • Some workshops may be selected to present more than once.
  • Most of the time, workshops are assigned to PDW or RPS based on the following:
    • PDW workshops address specific issues faced by program directors, associate program directors and other program leadership on issues like the administration and finance of the residency program, accreditation requirements and change management.
    • RPS workshops address issues faced by program directors, associate program directors, administrators/coordinators, nurses, faculty and the whole residency team on issues like curricular challenges and innovations, resident mentoring, accreditation compliance and resilience and well-being.
  • Workshops should include interactive activities and discussion.
  • Presenters should have an appreciation for adult learning theory.

Audience Engagement System

  • The AAFP Audience Engagement System (AES) is only available for symposium workshops.
  • Through the app, the AES allows:
    • Workshop presenters to "poll" the audience.
    • Workshop attendees to ask questions.
    • Workshop attendees to “like” questions increasing their priority.
  • Several files are available to help you understand and use the AES and help you decide whether you would like to utilize the AES during your workshop.
  • If you would like to utilize the AES during your workshop, answer "yes" to the AES question on the proposal form. The deadline to request the AES is Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Innovation Showcase

  • This is a rapid-fire presentation of residency program innovations followed by a Q&A period.
  • The Innovation Showcase will take place Sunday, April 7 during Shared Programming.
  • Each presenter will have 5 minutes to describe the innovation.
  • The presenter will be allowed one slide for the presentation.


  • An electronic file of your Poster is required meeting the following specifications:
    • The art files should be created and submitted to size at 36"x48" or 48"x36". 
    • Submit the file as a pdf.
  • AAFP will print all posters for display.