By submitting an abstract you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions.

Abstracts, presentations, or presenters that do not comply with the following Terms and Conditions may be rejected, or removed from the programme at anytime, subject to the decision of the Scientific Planning Committee.

  1. Abstract Eligibility
    1. Abstracts that are of national and international interest;
    2. Abstracts that include:
      1. Completed research
      2. Research in progress
      3. Research protocol
      4. Research studies
      5. Program/Intervention Evaluation
  2. Abstract Requirements & Guidelines
    1. Abstracts must be submitted online no later than 12:00 PM (ET) on May 5th. Amendments to abstracts are not possible after that time
    2. Abstracts must be submitted using the presenting authors profile. Abstracts that are not submitted using the presenting authors profile will not be accepted
    3. Abstracts must follow the online submission process. Other forms of submission, e.g., by post, email or fax, will not be accepted
    4. Authors who wish to submit an abstract will be required to complete a Conflict of Interest form before submitting their abstract
    5. Authors who wish to submit an abstract will be required to provide Learning Objectives relating to their abstract/presentation
    6. Abstracts involving human or animal research must have received university or government ethics approval
    7. Authors must ensure that they have permission to use all graphics that appear in their presentation(s). By presenting at Forum, CIMVHR expects authors to have obtained lawful copyrights of all sourced material
    8. Abstracts submitted must be original work
    9. Abstracts submitted must be approved by all authors
    10. A maximum of three (3) abstract submissions per individual will be accepted (authors may be a co-author on additional abstract submissions).
  3. Abstract Formatting
    1. Abstracts must be no more than 400 words
    2. Authors who wish to submit a research study abstract must follow: Introduction; Methods; Results; Conclusions format
    3. Authors who wish to submit a program/intervention evaluation abstract must follow: Program/Intervention Description; Evaluation Methodology; Results; Conclusions format
    4. All other abstracts will follow: Brief Description; Patient Population; Results; Conclusions format
  4. Abstract Submission Account Delegation
    1. By assigning an account delegate to your CIMVHR profile, you are allowing your delegate to:
      1. Prepare and submit current year abstracts on your behalf
      2. Update and/or amend any or all of the current year’s abstract submissions
  5. Review of Online Submission
    1. The CIMVHR Forum Scientific Planning Committee will not accept abstract submissions that do not comply with submission guidelines & requirements, are poorly written or unclear
  6. Evaluation by the CIMVHR College of Peer Reviewers
    1. All abstracts are double blind reviewed by members of the CIMVHR College of Peer Reviewers
    2. Research study abstracts will be assessed on the following criteria:
      1. Relevance of topic chosen;
      2. Relevance of topic to military, Veteran or other related populations and their families;
      3. Sound conceptual foundation;
      4. Appropriate study design including, depending on the type of study, recruitment, sampling, data collection, outcome measures and theoretical basis;
      5. Appropriate analysis with consideration of factors such as, depending on the type of study, application of qualitative methodology; controls for bias, chance and confounding; use of causality criteria; quality and quantity of evidence; assessment of strength of evidence and certainty of conclusions; derivation of findings from data and conclusions from findings; and criteria for evaluating humanities studies;
      6. Expected to be of national interest
    3. Program/intervention evaluation abstracts will be assessed on the following criteria:
      1. Relevance of the program/intervention topic chosen;
      2. Relevance of the program/intervention to military, Veteran or other related populations and their families;
      3. Sound conceptual foundation;
      4. Appropriate description of the program/intervention;
      5. Appropriate evaluation methodology and analysis with consideration of factors such as evidence for need, efficacy, safety, sustainability of outcomes, fidelity, reproducibility/replication, cultural relevance, staffing, availability/reach, barriers/facilitators, impact and cost assessment;
      6. Expected to be of national interest
    4. You may choose a poster or oral presentation, however, the College of Peer Reviewers together with the Scientific Planning Committee will make the final decision.
    5. All review decisions are final
  7. Invitations, Acceptance and Registration
    1. Invitations to present will be sent out via email before July 30th.
    2. Authors will be capped at a maximum of two (2) oral presentation submissions.
    3. Any author presenting at Forum must be a registered delegate of Forum
    4. Acceptance to present an abstract must be provided to the CIMVHR Forum Planning Team no later than August 1st, at which time all presenters must be registered.
  8. Accepted Presentations
    1. Only one author named on the abstract is permitted to present. Under exceptional circumstances, a request for second presenter will be considered. Please send an email with details as to the abstract submission contact person no later than May 15th. The request will be brought to the Scientific Planning Committee for consideration
    2. The presenting author must be a named author of the submitted abstract
    3. Authors who make a presentation that is different from the abstract that was accepted for presentation will be omitted from the Forum for a period of five years henceforth
    4. All presentations poster (digital file) and/or oral presentation (recording), must be received by the Forum Planning Committee no later than September 15th.
    5. Oral presentations must not exceed 15 minutes; each presenter will be allocated a 5 minute question period
    6. Should the oral presentation include a Power Point presentation, a maximum of 12 content slides is recommended.
    7. Power Point presentations must include all conflict of interest slides as provided by CIMVHR/The College of Family Physicians of Canada/The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
    8. Oral and poster presenters must be available to participate virtually on the day of their presentation.
    9. The presenting author will immediately notify the CIMVHR Abstract Submission contact person if they are unable attend virtually or if the presenting author has changed. Notifications made after September 1st will not be reflected in the Forum Programme.
  9. Publications, Postings and Permissions
    1. By accepting the invitation to present, the presenting author implies permission for their name, designation, affiliation, city and/or country to be printed in the Forum Programme, which is posted on both CIMVHR, CIMVHR Forum websites and the Forum Conference Platform.
    2. By accepting the invitation to present, all presenters agree to have their poster and/or recorded oral presentation posted on the conference platform during the CIMVHR Virtual Forum, followed by the CIMVHR YouTube channel post event. Should you choose to not have your presentation posted on the YouTube channel post event, indicate so during the submission process.
  10. Disclosure of Potential Conflict of Interest
    1. All planning committee members’ and presenters’ financial or in-kind relationships (not only those relevant to the subject being discussed) encompassing the previous two (2) years, up to and including the current presentation, must be declared and disclosed
    2. It is the presenters’ responsibility to ensure that their presentations (and any recommendations) are balanced and reflect the current scientific literature. Unapproved or off label use of products or services must be declared within the presentation
    3. Disclosure must be done verbally and displayed in writing at the beginning of a presentation or included in the written conference materials
    4. The conflict of interest declaration forms must be completed and submitted to the CPD program’s provider or organizer prior to the abstract submission
  11. Industry/Commercially Sponsored Research
    1. The Forum is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited program and, therefore, the following College of Family Physicians of Canada & The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada guidelines must be observed:
      1. Representatives of commercial organizations—including, but not limited to, pharmaceutical, device, and biotechnology companies—may not act as educators or presenters unless they are providing a product or device demonstration, and only when such a demonstration cannot be provided by a physician or other health care provider with no affiliation to a commercial organization
      2. Representatives of a commercial interest (e.g., pharmaceutical company, medical device company, etc.) cannot assume the role of a facilitator, speaker, and/or instructor for any Mainpro+ certified program. The only exception is where a demonstration of a product or device is considered to be an essential component of the educational event, and no physician or other health care professional is qualified to perform this role. This type of participation must be rationalized by event planning committee members and outlined in the initial certification application and be in no way related to product or device promotion or sales
      3. Industry (pharmaceutical/biotechnology company) representatives may attend live certified CPD programs as non-contributing members to the discussion to provide logistics support such as facilitating registration, audiovisual set-up, seating, and distribution of certificates of attendance
      4. Industry representatives may attend a live certified program only with the consent of the planning committee Chair and only if seating remains, preferably at the back of the room, and must wear no commercial identifiers (e.g., corporate logos)
      5. Industry presentations may be considered for inclusion into pre-Forum activities
  12. Awards
    1. CIMVHR presents a variety of awards, to recognize teams who have made significant contributions to military, Veteran and family health research. All eligible abstracts are placed into the possible award categories when received, and then shortlisted by the awards coordinator. Presenting authors of the shortlisted nominees will be contacted by the awards coordinator to confirm acceptance of the nomination
    2. Award winners are chosen by a panel of judges who are responsible for attending each presentation and rating the presentation based on pre-selected criteria for each award. A current list of awards may be located on the CIMVHR Forum website, and may vary from year to year
  13. Anti-harassment policy
    1. a. Forum provides a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Conference participants acting in a harassing way to organizers or other attendees may be sanctioned or removed from the conference platform at the discretion of the organizing committee.

I hereby confirm that I have read, fully understand and agree to all clauses within the Terms and Conditions. I am aware that failure to abide by the Terms and Conditions could lead to the removal of my presentation(s) from Forum.

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