Call for program Sessions

The Symposium Call for Program Sessions Submission site is now closed.


Multidisciplinary researchers, educators, healthcare providers, and administrators will join together for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health's inaugural two-day virtual Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium and virtual annual Members Meeting from April 11-13, 2021.


It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. The year 2020 marks a threshold moment in history. We have been called to shift across all levels of society and to envision new possibilities that can carry us into a healthier, more equitable and sustainable world. The integrative health community stands to play a pivotal role in the reimagining of healthcare and collective healing. In order to highlight the transformational process already happening in our midst, we have selected INNOVATION as the theme for the 2021 Symposium and Members Meeting. We will explore the trends, research, and opportunities in healthcare innovation occurring now, and how we can collectively create a transformed system promoting integrative medicine and health for all. Symposium programming will be focused on the following topic areas:


Topic Areas

The Symposium call for program sessions is now closed. Submissions were accepted in the following topic areas:

  • Health & Healthcare Equity

Innovations in integrative medicine and proposed system-level and multi-level solutions to address: racism, social justice, and health equity. These innovations can be in the realm of research, education, clinical care, community, policy, or advocacy.


Keywords that define this topic area are: racism, discrimination, social justice, health equity, healthcare equity, health disparities, social determinants of health, integrative medicine for the underserved, institution/department strategies, education initiatives, advocacy, environmental degradation, structural competency, trauma-informed care, and access to care.


  • Resilience & Well-Being

Innovations in integrative medicine to enhance resilience and well-being for patients, providers, communities, and organizations. These innovations can be in the realm of research, education, clinical care, community, policy, or advocacy.


Keywords that define this topic area are: compassion fatigue, provider well-being, burnout, resilience, support-systems, community-building, connection, healing through nature, mindfulness, mind-body approaches, spirituality, patient self-efficacy, and isolation.


  • Lifestyle Medicine & Nutrition

Innovations in nutrition and lifestyle approaches in patient care, healthcare education, research, community health and systems.

Keywords that define this topic area are: physical activity, movement therapies, dietary approaches, dietary supplements/natural products, toxic exposures, motivational interviewing, behavior change models, integrative clinical care for prevention/mitigation/treatment of COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 Pivots

Innovations in the COVID-19 pandemic relevant to integrative medicine, clinical practices, models of care, delivery of patient care and patient education, research methodologies, and healthcare education strategies.


Keywords that define this topic area are: telehealth/virtual visits, Zoom, virtual/hybrid group visits, frontline/healthcare provider IM initiatives, integrative service offerings in COVID, virtual medical education, research in COVID, navigating finances, fundraising and philanthropy, COVID-triggered breakdown of silos.

Session Format

Submissions were accepted in the following formats:

  • Experiential Workshop (30 minutes)

The workshop format should focus on skill building, in contrast to other symposium formats. The submission needs to clearly state the skills that will be targeted, and how they will be conveyed to participants. The format of these sessions is often "hands-on," where participants will learn and practice a new approach. Each workshop will be led by one presenter/group of presenters who will usually provide more limited formal presentation than in other formats, with greater opportunity for questions and/or practice of a particular skill. Experiential workshops need to be tightly focused and fit in a 30 minute or shorter time period.


  • Panel Discussion (30 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A)

The panel discussion sessions are intended to provide diverse perspectives of approaches, questions, methods and/or applications in integrative medicine and health as well as opportunities for discussions of topics related to challenges, controversies, or innovations in integrative medicine and health research, education, clinical work, and policy. A variety of formats is possible for these sessions, including panel discussions, and Oxford or other style debates. Organizers are encouraged to think creatively about ways to engage the audience and include diverse viewpoints. Typically, sessions have two to three presenters, representing at least two different institutions. These sessions have more emphasis on presenting differing points of view than symposia, and greater emphasis on interaction with the audience and more opportunity for audience participation.


  • Symposia (30 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A)

Symposia sessions are intended to be formal presentations on the "state of the science" of a particular area. Typically, sessions will have two to three presenters, representing at least two different institutions. Each speaker should usually limit their presentation to 10-15 minutes depending on the number of speakers, to allow adequate time for questions. The individual proposing the session may be the moderator or a speaker and is responsible for coordinating the session and serving as a contact person for the session.


  • TED-style Talk (10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A)

These talks are personal, take the audience on a journey (it's about the process of realizing how you're going to get there) and they are concise. TED-style Talks have an "aha!" moment and recount what it feels like to break through a problem in your mind.

Submission Deadline

The Symposium Call for Program Sessions is now closed. 


Status Notification

Notification of the status of your proposal will be sent by Friday, February 12, 2021. On occasion, the committee may request to combine sessions with complementary topics or reassign the topic area selected during the submission process. Submitters will be notified well in advance if it is deemed necessary to combine sessions. Please hold the dates of April 12-13, 2021 until you are notified of the status of your submission.


Submission Requirements

Submissions MUST include the following information:

  • Contact information for all presenters involved in the session being proposed. 
  • A two-to-three sentence biography for each presenter.
  • Session title (maximum of 150 characters) and session objectives.
  • Session description (maximum of 500 words).
  • All submissions must be made through the Call for Sessions site.
  • Symposium registration includes submission of up to two (2) program sessions. Additional submissions will be billed at $50 each.

**PLEASE NOTE: If accepted, ALL presenters will be required to register for the Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium.


We anticipate being able to accept less than half of the session proposals being submitted, based on past experience. Due to the level of interest in presenting sessions and constraints of the symposium schedule, some worthy proposals may not be accepted. All proposals will undergo extensive review by members of the Program Committee. Choosing the appropriate session format and ensuring all items on the application are carefully addressed will increase the chance of acceptance. Selection will be determined by the Program Committee on the basis of:
  1. Scientific quality
  2. Appropriateness of the format
  3. Number of presentation spots available

Submitter/Key Contact Responsibilities

  • Review presenters’ responsibilities with each presenter prior to submission.
  • Provide a two-to-three sentence bio summary for each presenter for introduction purposes.
  • Communicate the accept/decline status of the proposal to all additional presenters.
  • Hold the Symposium session dates of April 12-13, 2021 until notified of your proposal status.
  • If selected, contact each presenter to re-confirm their participation and remind them to register for the 2021 Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium.
  • Presenters may be asked by the planning committee to pre-record or present their session live.

Presenter Responsibilities

  • Provide provide contact information, completed/signed CME disclosure form and a headshot to submitter.
  • If selected, register and pay for the 2021 Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium.

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