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CORE CONFERENCE: 30 OCT – 2 NOV 2023
(Plenaries, hundreds of educational sessions, papers, posters, ACRM Community Meetings, receptions, Lecture Luncheons, ACRM EXPO & Vendor Track)
PRE-CONFERENCE: 28 – 30 OCT 2023
(Dozens of Instructional Courses, Cognitive Rehabilitation Training & Early Career Development Course)
The Program Committee is especially interested in 36 topic areas for 2023.
Historically, ACRM has provided deadline extensions for our content. For our 2023 Annual Conference Instructional Courses and Symposia submissions, ACRM is adopting a WAVE model for submissions to provide clarity and visibility to the deadlines. Authors will have three WAVES (or deadlines) in which to submit their abstract. At the conclusion of each WAVE, all complete abstract submissions will be evaluated, and authors will be notified whether their submission has been accepted.
18 January 2023
15 February 2023
WAVE 3: 16 March 2023 (Final deadline for submissions)
Note: As content areas fill (i.e., all available slots within a content area have been assigned an accepted submission), that content area will be removed from subsequent WAVES.
15 February 2023
16 March 2023
WAVE 3: 12 April 2023
Benefits of submitting early (WAVE 1 and 2):
Instructional courses may be proposed for a four-hour or eight-hour time block, allowing presenters the opportunity to discuss and present a topic in depth. Courses should be either instructional in nature, offering in-depth training or knowledge translation on a particular topic; or informative, providing detailed coverage of an area of research, methodology, or clinical practice. Courses will be scheduled as pre-conference sessions on 28 29, or 30 October 2023 depending upon the length and level of interest in the topic. Instructional courses typically average about 18 attendees each, providing the opportunity for small-group interaction and hands-on activities.
The proposal should include a course title, course director/lead presenter, all presenters with credentials and affiliations, detailed course outline, and duration. The submission must describe the instructional method to be used, and the content and format of presentations. It should also identify the intended audience (i.e., researchers, clinicians, administrators). A concise and descriptive summary of the course is also required for marketing purposes.
There must be multiple presenters identified. All presenters must furnish necessary disclosure information concerning potential conflicts of interest and must agree to have the course audio or video-recorded for future re-broadcast. Presenters will not be paid a stipend or honorarium. All presentations must be submitted for review prior to the conference.
Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer-reviewed. Each proposal is peer-reviewed for the following elements: (1) scientiﬁc, clinical, or didactic quality; (2) interdisciplinary nature; (3) broad appeal to the ACRM membership; (4) timeliness of the topic; (5) and contribution to the state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science. The conference Program Committee reserves the right to offer alternative or reduced time slots for presentations based on submissions. Acceptance/decline notifications are due to Instructional Course submitters by mid-March.31
Symposia Sessions are 60 minutes in length, as of 19 January 2023 (WAVE 2 of submissions), and are presented by professionals with expertise in the topic.
There is a mandatory period of 10 minutes for questions and discussion, and more time may be allotted. Symposia will be scheduled for presentation 30 October – 2 November. Desired symposia submissions:
Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer-reviewed. Each proposal is peer-reviewed for the following elements:
1. Scientiﬁc, clinical, or didactic quality
2. Interdisciplinary nature
3. Broad appeal to the ACRM membership
4. Timeliness of the topic
5. Contribution to the state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science
The conference Program Committee reserves the right to offer an alternative or reduced time slot for presentations based on submissions.
A scientiﬁc paper is a moderated oral presentation of 17 minutes including questions and discussion. Outstanding submissions may be chosen for a longer presentation. AV equipment may be used to supplement the presentation.
Posters are graphic presentations of a scientiﬁc paper. Submissions must include objectives, hypotheses, methodology, and results in the abstract (see Submission Guidelines below). Submissions with pending results are not accepted.
A 325-word abstract must follow one of the two structured abstract formats required for submission of general articles to the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. See the Instructions for Structured Abstracts.
Structured abstracts for Scientific Poster and Papers must have these sections:
Systematic/Meta-analytic Reviews must have these sections:
The total length of all sections in the submission must not exceed 325 words. Tables or other graphics are not permitted. Submission must include three to five continuing education learning objectives. This is required whether the abstract is eventually selected for CE/CME or not.
Submission must indicate all participants in the abstract, listing the lead investigator first, followed by all other participants in the order in which they should appear in print. The submitter has the ability to complete all information for each participant, though we recommend that participants log in to the system to complete the information themselves.
Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer-reviewed. There should be no more than ONE presenter identified for Scientific Poster and Papers.
Each abstract will be reviewed for the following elements:
1. Scientiﬁc and clinical quality
2. Broad appeal to the interests of the ACRM membership
3. Interdisciplinary nature
4. Timeliness of the topic
5. Contribution to the state-of-the-art of rehabilitation science.
Abstract Publication & Poster Awards
All abstracts of accepted papers and posters will be published in the online pages of the ACRM journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, November issue, where they will be fully searchable and citable. Archives is the most-cited journal in rehabilitation.
Accepted posters will have the opportunity to be considered for the ACRM Poster Awards. Further, a subset of the poster award winners will have the opportunity to present their poster in a Poster Grand Round session.
All this is done in the ACRM Searchable Online Program & the ACRM App
All this is done in the ACRM Searchable Online Program & the ACRM App
LaunchPad is an annual competition created to highlight innovative rehabilitation technologies developed by non-profit research and engineering labs and startup companies. The competition is held at ACRM’s annual conference each fall. Pitch your company or idea to a panel of rehab industry experts and an audience of clinicians, researchers, engineers, and decision-makers to receive market feedback and win prizes. Learn more >>
Rehabilitation professionals or teams who:
All proposals/abstracts and LaunchPad applications must be submitted online via the ACRM Conference System according to the submission deadlines. To see an outline of the information you will need to enter during the submission process, please download the Proposal Worksheets.
2023 Instructions for Structured Abstracts
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Please note that if your submission is accepted for the 2023 Annual Conference, each presenter will be required to register for the conference and pay the special ACRM presenter rate.
The ACRM Annual Conference: Progress in Rehabilitation Research is the premier educational conference for evidence-based learning in rehabilitation medicine. The 2023 Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice.
Proposals that are interdisciplinary in nature, or include international or early career presenters are encouraged!
Avoidance of Commercialism
All presentations must avoid commercialism. Presentations that constitute promotion and advertising will be prohibited. This includes pervasive and inappropriate use of logos. No advertising matter of any kind may be distributed. No material may be displayed that in any way directly promotes the commercial interest of any company or enterprise, or of the author(s)/presenter(s). If the cost of presentation has been underwritten to any extent, a clear acknowledgment stating support and identifying the particular source should be included (e.g., “The support of [name of corporation/institute] for this project is gratefully acknowledged.”) Statements made in presentations are the sole responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s). Any statement made should not be viewed as, or considered representative of, any formal stance or position taken on any product, subject, or issue by ACRM.
At the time of online submission, submitters must provide complete contact information (e.g., name, credentials, title, institution, mailing address, email, and phone) for all authors/presenters associated with the submission. Further, all submitters, authors, and presenters must submit a current CV or resume and electronically sign a continuing education (CE) agreement and disclosure form. Failure to do so prevents acceptance of a submission. An electronic copy of presentations must be held on ﬁle with ACRM.
Conference Attendance and Presenter Expenses
Presenters for all accepted proposals are required to register for the conference, and are fully responsible for all of their expenses related to the conference (e.g., registration, airfare, hotel, meals).
Each complete submission received by the published due date will be independently peer reviewed.
Each proposal for a symposium will be reviewed for the following elements: (1) contribution to state of the art of rehabilitation science, including scientific rigor and the presentation of new findings (2) Clinical and/or translational relevance (3) Pertinent to the interests of the ACRM membership; (4) Expertise and qualifications of the presenters; (5) timeliness of the topic; (6) overall impact and quality.
|Contribution to state of the art of rehabilitation science, including scientific rigor and the presentation of new findings||15%|
|Clinical and/or translational relevance||12.5%|
|Pertinent to the interests of the ACRM membership||7.5%|
|Expertise and qualifications of the presenters||7.5%|
|Timeliness of the topic||7.5%|
|Overall impact and quality||50%|
Aging Research & Geriatric Rehabilitation
Arts & Neuroscience
Athlete Development & Sports Rehabilitation
Behavioral Health Sciences
Clinical practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development)
Complementary Integrative Medicine
COVID-19 and Long COVID (Post-Acute Sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection, PASC)
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Early Mobilization & Rehabilitation in the Intensive Care Unity
Health Services Research
Military and Veterans Affairs
Neurodegenerative disease (e.g., MS, Parkinson’s disease)
Neuroplasticity (includes neuroscience)
Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System
Spinal Cord Injury
Technology (e.g. robotics, assistive technology, mHealth)
Writing Grants & Getting Funded
2. Interdisciplinary: To what degree are the concepts presented in the abstract relevant to a large number of health professionals and researchers that comprise the ACRM membership? ACRM audiences include: rehabilitation medicine researchers, physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language professionals, disability management specialists, healthcare executives, dieticians and others.
EXPERTISE AND QUALIFICATIONS OF THE PRESENTERS
TIMELINESS OF THE TOPIC
|Impact||Score||Descriptor||Additional Guidance on Strengths/Weaknesses|
|High||9||Exceptional||Exceptionally strong with essentially no weaknesses|
|8||Outstanding||Extremely strong with negligible weaknesses|
|7||Excellent||Very strong with only some minor weaknesses|
|Medium||6||Very Good||Strong but with numerous minor weaknesses|
|5||Good||Strong but with at least one moderate weakness|
|4||Satisfactory||Some strengths but also some moderate weaknesses|
|Low||3||Fair||Some strengths but with at least one major weakness|
|2||Marginal||A few strengths and a few major weaknesses|
|1||Poor||Very few strengths and numerous major weaknesses