Call for Sessions

The Symposium Call for Sessions Submission site is now CLOSED.


Multidisciplinary researchers, educators, clinicians, administrators, and healers will join together for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health's Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium and annual Members Meeting from February 28 - March 2, 2023. The Symposium theme is Advancing Together: Meaningful Connection and Strategic Collaboration.


We are seeking submissions that feature innovative ideas, collaborative partnerships, clinical best practices, and creative approaches that can be shared with your integrative medicine and health peers.


Session Presentation Guidelines

Your session room will be set in theater seating with a projector and screen, a PC laptop (at the podium) with wireless slide advancer/laser pointer, and a wired podium microphone, one wired head table mic and an audience mic (if appropriate for room size). Onsite AV requests are not permitted. If you move chairs during your session, be sure they are returned to their original set so its ready to go for the next session presenters.


Presenters will transfer their final presentation from a personal USB stick to the session room laptop (PC) prior to their presentation time. There should be one (combined, if necessary) presentation file per session to minimize transition times. Plan to arrive in your session room a minimum of 15 minutes prior to your session start time to load and test your slides. Session presenters DO NOT upload their presentation at the Oral Abstract Speaker Check-In.


Topic Areas

The Symposium Call for Sessions submissions site closed on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 11:59pm PT. 

Submissions were accepted in the following four topic areas:

  • Nourishment of Mind, Body & Spirit


Keywords that define this topic area are: 

Culinary Medicine & Nutrition, Urban Gardens, Food Rx, Teaching Kitchen, Food Security, Food Activism, Food Justice, Advocacy Nutrition Education, Sustenance, Health Equity, Healing Environments, Nature, Hip Hop Health, Nourishment of Mind, Body, Spirit & Community, Collaborative Healing, Music Therapy, Seeds of Hope, and Digital Healing

  • Spirituality & Interconnectedness


Keywords that define this topic area are: 

Uplift, Interfaith, Global Consciousness, Planetary Health, Connection to Self, Interpersonal Connection, Whole health, Traditional Healing Practices, Purpose-driven, Shared Humanity, Mind Body Practices as Spiritual Practices, and Moral compass.


  • Post-Traumatic Growth in Individuals & Communities


Keywords that define this topic area are: 

Connection, Empathy, Energy, Biofields, Health of Mind, Colonization, Social Justice, Somatic Healing, Eco-Anxiety, Trauma, Mental Health, Lived Experience, Collective Trauma, Generational Trauma, Embracing Community Care, Connection and Meaning, Purpose, Moral Injury, Social Justice/Injustices, Body Wisdom, Diagnoses in the Context of Culture, Post-Traumatic Growth, and Healing Stories

  • Embracing Positive Deviance: Thinking Outside the Box


Keywords that define this topic area are: 

Centering the Margins, Unconscious Bias in Integrative Health, Health Equity, and Innovation.


Session Format

Submissions were accepted in the following five formats:

  • Symposia: (60 – 75 minutes)
    Symposia sessions are intended to be formal presentations on the "state of the science" of a particular area. Typically, sessions will have two to four presenters, representing at least two different institutions. Each speaker should usually limit their presentation to 15-20 minutes, 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.


  • Panel Discussions: (60 – 75 minutes)
    The panel discussion is 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 groundbreaking solutions, controversies, or innovations in integrative medicine and health education, clinical work, policy and research. A variety of formats is possible for these sessions, including traditional panel discussions and innovative active debates (e.g., Oxford). Typically, sessions have two to four 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.


  • Experiential Workshops: (120 minutes)
    Experiential workshop sessions should focus on demonstration/skill-building, in contrast to other main conference sessions. The application 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 a new approach.


  • Deeper Dives: (120 minutes)
    Longer format presentations to provide the opportunity for a deeper dive and more in-depth engagement on a critical or emerging topic/trend in integrative medicine and health. These sessions should leave attendees with tangible takeaways that can be implemented into practice. Presenters are encouraged to share point of care tips and tools in these sessions.


  •  SPARC Talks: (10 minutes)
    SPARC (Stimulate, Passion, A-ha, Reflection, Catalyze) talks are personal, tell a story or take the audience on a journey (it's about the process of realizing how you're going to get there). SPARC Talks may have an "aha!" moment and recount what it feels like to break through a problem in your mind. They are concise and may reflect a professional or personal transformation, leaving the audience inspired.

Submission Deadline

The Symposium Call for Sessions closed on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.


Status Notification

Notification of the status of your proposal will be sent by Friday, November 14, 2022. 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 February 28 - March 2, 2022 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.
  • Proposal Overview (maximum of 300 words).
  • Rationale: Why is the topic important and what is it's relevance to the conference themes?
  • Objectives: What will participants know or be able to do as a result of this session?
  • Topic Outline: Main points of the session.
  • Methods/Session Format: Indicate amount of time to be allocated to each speaker or element of the program. Describe the format of the session.
  • 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. Theme representation
  3. Appropriateness of the format
  4. 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 February 28 - March 2, 2023 until notified of your proposal status.
  • If selected, contact each presenter to re-confirm their participation and remind them to register for the 2023 Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium.
  • CME Disclosure at a later date.

Presenter Responsibilities

  • Provide contact information, completed/signed CME disclosure form (coming soon) and a headshot to submitter.
  • If selected, register and pay for the 2023 Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium.
Proposal Terms & Conditions 

By submitting a proposal, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions: 

  • Accepted presenters do not receive compensation or reimbursement of expenses for presentation at the Symposium. 
  • All presenters must register and pay to attend the Symposium. 
  • If selected, presenters agree to adhere to the schedule established by the Symposium and comply with all requirements set forth by the Academic Consortium. 
  • All accepted presenters will be required to submit a CME disclosure form prior to presenting at the Symposium. Failure to submit the disclosure form within the specified timeline may result in the cancellation of the session. More details will be provided upon proposal acceptance. 



If you have any questions regarding the 2023 Call for Sessions process, please email


General Questions:

503.244.4294, ext 1003


Registration Questions:

503.244.4294, ext 1006


Consortium Questions:


Payment Mailing Address:

2023 Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium

c/o Conference Solutions

1300 SE Stark Street, Suite 307

Portland, OR 97214

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