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Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador

October 6-9, 2017



On behalf of the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada-Atlantic, the Scientific Committee for the Northern, Rural, and Remote Health Conference invites the submission of original work relevant to conference themes from any field of research or practice. We welcome submissions for presentations that seek to share knowledge and discuss innovative community-based programs, health service projects, models of care, approaches to teaching and learning, and research in progress. We encourage submissions from community organizations, clinicians, researchers, and students and trainees.


Abstracts previously presented at regional, national or international meetings will be considered. All abstract submissions will undergo peer-review by a local review group. The Scientific Committee will allocate accepted abstracts to one of four presentation formats, based on scientific merit, relevance, and preference indicated by authors: (1) oral presentations, (2) poster presentations; (3) panel discussions; or (4) workshops.


Open for Submissions:        May 12, 2017

Deadline for Abstract:          DEADLINE EXTENDED - new date June 22, 2017 

Notification:                          Mid-July, 2017

Submit your abstract to:


Call for Abstracts Poster:


Conference Themes

The Scientific Committee will consider abstracts that address conference themes related to northern, rural, and remote health:


  1. Climate Change and Planetary Health;

  2. Reconciliation and Indigenous Health;

  3. Future Healers and Health Systems;

  4. Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention;

  5. Innovations in Rural Care and Health Services

  6. Community Well-being, Culture, and Resilience

  7. Technology and Simulation as Clinical and Teaching Tools


Presentation Formats


Oral Presentation: May share results from an ongoing or completed research project, describe a new community program, examine a service or policy, present an approach to clinical education, or discuss a research proposal. Oral presentations may be Standard Format (10 minutes to present, 5 minutes for Q&A) or Rapid Fire Results (5 minutes to present, 10 minutes for Q&A). A computer with a projector will be available in each room. Presenters wishing to use slides should bring their power point (.pptx) on a memory stick. Details will be provided in the abstract acceptance letter.

Poster Presentation: May share results from an ongoing or completed research project, describe a new community program, examine a service or policy, present an approach to clinical education, or discuss a research proposal. Posters will be presented during a dedicated poster and networking session at the conference. This is an opportunity to provide a visual synthesis of your work. Posters may be sized to maximum dimensions of 34inch (width) x 46inch (height) in portrait orientation.


Panel discussions: Presenters are encouraged to discuss new concepts, address unanswered questions or debates, and/or highlight challenges in carrying out research, practice, and education. The abstract should identify 2 to 4 panelists and a chairperson, who should all be included as co-authors in the submission. The format of the panel discussion can vary, but it needs to be clearly articulated in the abstract. Authors are encouraged to explore innovative and interactive formats. Each session will be 60 minutes in duration.


Workshops: These sessions should focus on skill development, discussion for consensus building, and active participation. Workshops will be 60 minutes in duration, and should be highly interactive and engaging. Abstracts should specify the desired audience, accreditation available for participants (as relevant), and whether previous knowledge/experience with the topic is required. Kindly ensure that at least two thirds of workshop time is devoted to active participation and clearly describe the planned engagement in the abstract.


Workshops/sessions that do not fit nearly into any of the four options may be proposed, but must be discussed in advance with the Scientific Committee co-chair, Nathaniel Pollock (, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Submitting an Abstract

Incomplete abstracts or those submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Only abstracts submitted by email will be eligible.


Deadline:       All abstracts must be written in English and submitted by email no later than NEW DATE - June 22, 2017 .

Send to:

Notification:  Mid-July, 2017

To assess eligibility and be included in the Conference Proceedings, please bear in mind the following:

  • Abstracts must be submitted by email to no later than June 15, 2017.

  • Abstracts are limited to one page (300 words max.) not including title, author names and affiliations, format, or conference theme;

  • The name of the presenting author should be asterisked (*). The presenting author must register for the conference;

  • All co-authors and primary affiliations should be listed;

  • References, graphs, or illustrations may NOT be submitted as part of the abstract;

  • Abstracts must be submitted in a Word document (.doc or .docx) and structured using the subheadings noted below;

  • Abstracts must be submitted in English only;

  • Authors may state a preferred presentation format, however these cannot guaranteed;

  • The scientific committee may offer a poster presentation in lieu of an oral presentation;

  • Authors must disclose any conflicts of interest in the abstract;

  • Submitting authors must accept responsibility for the content of the abstract;

  • Please carefully proof read and confirm co-authorship prior to submission.

ORAL and POSTER Presentations (300 words maximum)

  • Title

  • Author(s)

  • Contact information (email, phone number, twitter handle)

  • Presentation format preference (oral –, oral – , or poster)

  • Conference theme (identify a theme that aligns with your presentation)

  • Introduction/Background

  • Methods

  • Results

  • Discussion


PANEL and WORKSHOP Sessions (300 words maximum)

  • Title

  • Authors(s)

  • Contact information (email, phone number, twitter handle)

  • Presentation format (panel or workshop)

  • Conference theme (identify a theme that aligns with your presentation)

  • Background

  • Learning objectives

  • Intended audience

  • Activities/Teaching methods (as relevant)

  • Outcome

  • Special requests/equipment and space needs

  • If available, specific accreditation/certification available to participants.


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For questions about abstract submissions or the conference, please contact:


     NRRH Organizing Committee

     Memorial University

     c/o Labrador Health Centre

     Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, Canada

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