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Register, Submit Abstracts for 2017 TeamSTEPPS® National Conference

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Register, Submit Abstracts for 2017 TeamSTEPPS® National Conference

Registration is open for AHRQ’s 2017 TeamSTEPPS® National Conference June 14-16 in Cleveland. Presentation abstracts and posters must be submitted no later than Dec. 16. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based patient safety training program that emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork among health care professionals. The conference will include pre-conference sessions, keynote presentations, concurrent presentation panels, networking opportunities and poster sessions. Access the call for proposals.

AHRQ--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Advancing Excellence in Health Care

Call for Proposals: TeamSTEPPS® National Conference

Date: June 13-16, 2017
Location: Hilton Cleveland Downtown, 100 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, Ohio.
Do you have a…
  • Unique experience that will help advance the success of others interested in implementing or sustaining TeamSTEPPS?
  • New idea that will impact the future of TeamSTEPPS?
  • Fresh perspective on current and future trends that may affect TeamSTEPPS?
If so, submit a proposal to display a poster or participate as a presenter at the TeamSTEPPS National Conference on June 13-16, 2017 at the Hilton Downtown in Cleveland, Ohio.
Submission Deadline: Applications must be submitted via the online submission form (for a pre-conference, breakout, or poster) below by Friday, December 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. CT. Late submissions will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of their proposal’s status by January 13, 2017.

About the Conference

Disseminate your innovative ideas and help improve patient care at this year’s premier event to promote teamwork and communication in the health care environment. TeamSTEPPS can be used as the meeting point where different interdisciplinary groups from diverse health care settings come together. Better teamwork and communication between these groups can lead to more comprehensive care coordination.
On average, the TeamSTEPPS National Conference attracts more than 600 industry professionals. The mission of the conference is to bring techniques, tools and new ideas to assist health care professionals in successfully implementing TeamSTEPPS. Innovation is a key element in mapping the future of TeamSTEPPS and the changing health care environment. There is no better setting to experience the impact of TeamSTEPPS in various clinical and non-clinical settings, while making invaluable contacts with old and new colleagues.

Call for Proposals

The TeamSTEPPS National Implementation Team is seeking proposals for the 2017 National Conference in Cleveland, Ohio beginning with a pre-conference day on June 13 followed by the main conference on June 14-16. There are three options for proposal submissions: pre-conference session (June 13), breakout session, or poster (June 14-16).Descriptions of the three options are provided below.
  1. Pre-Conference Session
    Pre-conference sessions are held on Tuesday, June 13 and can range from 4 to 8 hours. These sessions are highly interactive and should involve elements of group work, discussion and activities. All pre-conference sessions will require participants to register in advance (The Health Research & Educational Trust will manage registration). Pre-conference sessions are suitable for experienced speakers, and your proposal must include a detailed agenda. We are looking for creative and innovative topics and ways to engage participants.
  2. Breakout Sessions
    Session formats may include individual presentations, team presentations, panel discussions, workshops or whatever you think can best engage conference attendees. Breakout sessions should provide actionable information and convey knowledge, skills and/or tools attendees can apply in their organizations. Be creative and focus on practical takeaways for your audience! Sessions last between 90 and 120 minutes, including time for Q&A. If you are selected, you must participate in a 30-minute briefing call to discuss the presentation in further detail. If you are selected for a panel presentation, the call provides the opportunity to meet and share ideas with your co-presenters.
    When submitting your proposal, you must select a session type:
    • Individual: Suitable for an experienced speaker and user of TeamSTEPPS who can engage the audience for 90 minutes (including time for Q&A).
    • Team: Suitable for two or more speakers from the same institution to present for 90 minutes (including time for Q&A).
    • Panel: Suitable for an individual speaker to present for 20 to 30 minutes on a specific TeamSTEPPS topic. Panels will be formed by the TeamSTEPPS National Implementation Team and presenters from different institutions will be grouped based on similar themes or topic areas.
    • Workshop: Suitable for two or more speakers from the same institution to present in a smaller setting, similar to a classroom, to encourage group work and skill-building projects for 90 to 120 minutes.
  3. Poster
    The TeamSTEPPS National Implementation Team is seeking to display original content about your projects. Posters may present case studies unique to your facility or novel tools that have been implemented. Your poster will be displayed over the course of the conference, but there will be a networking poster session on Thursday, June 15, where conference attendees can view and discuss your poster with you. The lead poster author is encouraged to attend the conference and stand by his/her poster for the duration of the networking poster session.

Presentation/Poster Criteria


We are looking for original ideas that can help others implement TeamSTEPPS at their organizations. Presentations or posters should highlight program models, practical solutions, knowledge, skills, tools and connections to help participants affect their organizations. We are focusing on engaging presentations that go beyond an implementation story. We are accepting and considering presentations or poster sessions across a wide array of topics. Examples include (but are not limited to):
  • Student education (e.g., nursing, medical).
  • Professional education (e.g., residents, practicing providers).
  • Measurable outcomes (e.g., clinical, financial, patient/staff satisfaction, safety culture, quality).
  • Simulation.
  • Professional societies’ and associations’ use of TeamSTEPPS.
  • Patient engagement.
  • Innovative adaptations of TeamSTEPPS tools.
  • Medical liability/risk management.
  • Ways to leverage technology.
  • Leadership buy-in/staff engagement.
  • Best practices in a specific clinical domain (e.g., long-term care, emergency, labor and delivery).
  • Other.

Education Level Criteria

We are committed to offering learning opportunities of value to all. To that end, all proposals must be classified as introductory, intermediate or advanced:
  • Introductory: Suitable for participants who have not been previously exposed to TeamSTEPPS. Focus is on equipping interested participants for long-term success by illustrating basic or foundational concepts, case examples, tools and approaches.
  • Intermediate: Suitable for most participants who have received some level of foundational TeamSTEPPS training with possible experience in implementing the tools.
  • Advanced: Suitable for Master Trainers and/or individuals who have implemented TeamSTEPPS in a health care setting. Focus is on advanced tools and techniques and/or discussion of strategic and leadership issues.

Evaluation Criteria

The TeamSTEPPS National Implementation Team will look favorably on session proposals that go beyond telling the story of a single organization or program and that share transferable skills, tools or approaches or evaluation metrics and outcomes, as well as providing some interaction with attendees.
Session proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  1. Amount of interaction and practical takeaways.
  2. Relevance of proposed session to the needs of the current health care landscape.
  3. Clarity and specificity in session description and learning objectives.
  4. Demonstrable results.
  5. Specific, practical take-home value of the information to be presented.
  6. Clarity of session design.
Note: To preserve the integrity of the educational experience, the TeamSTEPPS National Implementation team has a policy of disallowing the promotion or selling of products, services or future consulting assignments during presentations. Presenters who work for a non-clinical commercial enterprise are requested to include a non-commercial co-presenter in the body of their proposals. All accepted presenters will be asked to sign a faculty agreement that includes the “no selling” policy. 

Criteria for Participation and Timeline

Please note the following criteria for participation:
  • If the proposal is selected, the speaker or poster presenter will be notified by January 13, 2017. Information regarding important deadlines and requirements will be provided in an official confirmation letter.
  • Presenters agree:
    • To accept the determination of the TeamSTEPPS National Implementation Team of the format and length of sessions.
    • To allow the TeamSTEPPS National Implementation Team to reproduce and distribute session handouts to national conference attendees via electronic and online mediums.
    • To provide slides and handouts in electronic format.
    • To be responsible for bringing their PowerPoint presentation on a flash drive on the day of the presentation.
    • To be responsible for the printing and delivery of a horizontal 36 in. x 48 in. (3 feet x 4 feet) poster if chosen for the poster display. A poster stand will be provided.
Presenters should be aware of the following guidelines, terms and conditions for participation:
  • Proposals must be complete and will only be accepted electronically via the online submission form by Friday, December 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. CT.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
  • The submission of a proposal does not guarantee participation in the program.
  • Proposals for breakout sessions should only be submitted when a presenter is available to appear on any day of the TeamSTEPPS National Conference, June 14-16, 2017 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown (or June 13, 2017 if submitting for a pre-conference session).
  • If the proposal is selected, the TeamSTEPPS National Implementation Team reserves the right to revise presentation titles, reassign the identified topic area or edit the program summary for promotional and program materials.
The TeamSTEPPS National Implementation Team is accepting electronic proposals through Friday, December 16, 2016.
December 16, 2016Proposals must be submitted by 11 a.m. CT
January 13, 2017Selected presenters are notified
January 13, 2017Non-selected presenters are notified
January 27, 2017Agreement form is due
February 1-March 17, 2017Mandatory 30-minute briefing call (to be scheduled after receiving agreement form)
April 3, 2017Presentation titles and session descriptions are due
May 31, 2017Presentation materials are due in electronic format
June 13, 2017TeamSTEPPS Pre-Conference Day
June 14-16, 2017TeamSTEPPS National Conference

TeamSTEPPS National Implementation Team
Phone: (312) 422-2609
Page last reviewed October 2016
Page originally created October 2016
Internet Citation: Call for Proposals: TeamSTEPPS® National Conference. Content last reviewed October 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/teamstepps/national-meeting/call-for-proposals.html

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