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The call for proposals for the 2019 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care is now open. The deadlines for submitting lecture, panel, and poster presentations are as follows:

Lectures and Panels: Extended to Monday, October 22, 2018

Posters: Extended to Monday, October 29, 2018

Decision letters will be sent in November.

Topics of Interest

Proposals may address any topic that fits in one of these four subject-matter tracks. Read more about the tracks and specific topics of interest on the Program Tracks and Committees page.

Topic examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • emergency room management

  • operating room procedures

  • patient handling

  • public health

  • home health care

  • electronic health records

  • health-care provider perspectives

  • medical errors

  • health-care information systems

  • medical information technology

  • consumer health gadgets and applications

  • design of medicine/drug delivery devices

  • standards and guidelines

  • innovative health-care technologies

  • human factors/user-centered design processes

  • health-care research methods

  • formative and summative usability testing

Information to Include

In addition to full contact information for all coauthors, please be prepared to provide the following details with your proposal. When you have gathered together the necessary details, please create a new user account at the online submission site and enter your proposal.

  • Presentation format (individual presentation or full 60- or 90-minute session such as a panel or debate)

  • Program track

  • Preferred presentation format (lecture, panel, poster)

  • Presentation type (e.g., case history, regulatory guidance, methods/techniques, best practices)

  • Primary target audience (designers, government agencies, manufacturers, etc.)

  • Presentation title

  • Presentation summary (up to 1,000 words)

  • Knowledge advancement (up to 250 words)

  • Value and uniqueness (up to 250 words)

PANELISTS/PRESENTERS (if applicable): Use this space to list the (a) names and affiliations of each panelist and (b) the presentation title or topic to be addressed by each panelist.

SUMMARY (up to 1,000 words/10,000 characters): Describe your proposed presentation, including significance or implications of work/message; (if a study) objectives, methods, and results; and specific audience "takeaways."

LEARNING OBJECTIVES/KNOWLEDGE ADVANCEMENT (up to 250 words/2,500 characters): We want our content to extend beyond the remedial or serve as purely promotional. That is, we are looking for presentations that go beyond the basic message of incorporating human factors methods and principles. Use this space to state and justify the learning objectives of your presentation. Your submission will likely be downgraded by the reviewers if they feel that the information or guidance provided during this session is already known to the symposium audience.

VALUE and UNIQUENESS (up to 250 words/2,500 characters): Use this space to provide any additional information on the value that your presentation would bring to the symposium audience and what is unique about your content or message. Please provide convincing evidence that your presentation will be viewed as value-added relative to past symposia, related health-care human factors events, and publications or known principles or practices. Also, provide information on how your presentation might change the current thinking or approach of our attendees.

During the evaluation phase, the track chairs will determine if each individual-presentation proposal is best presented as a lecture or a poster. The symposium's two poster reception sessions are dedicated times when attendees and presenters can discuss the work on display and network in a relaxed setting. Poster receptions are highly interactive and highly rated, and poster presenters are invited to submit a paper for publication in the proceedings. The paper may be up to 8 pages. If you prefer not to submit a full paper for publication in the symposium proceedings, you may submit an extended abstract instead. View an example of an extended abstract (1–2 formatted pages, about 500 words). Proceedings papers and extended abstracts are due after the symposium.

Register to Ensure Your Presentation Is Included

ALL presenters whose work is accepted are required to register and pay to attend the symposium no later than February 9, 2019. Details will be provided with the acceptance letter.


Feel free to contact Lois Smith if you have any questions.