Call for Proposals

Welcome to Convergence2021: The Michener Institute of Education at UHN 2nd Annual Education Conference.

Our theme this year is The New Normal? Learning from Disruptions in Healthcare Education.  This theme revolves around how our teaching and learning ecosystems have changed due to disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and social change events related to equity and inclusion.

The Conference aims to highlight the amazing work in healthcare education through a dynamic and interactive collection of workshops, sessions, exhibition and debates.

Call for Proposals is now Open!

Open the Proposal Submission Form - PDF
Download the Proposal Submission Form above, fill in and then email to to continue the submission process.


Friday October 23rd, 2020: Call for Proposals Closes
Monday November 9th, 2020: Selected contributors are notified
Monday November 16, 2020: Selected contributors to confirm acceptance
Thursday November 26, 2020: Registration Opens

The conference committee welcomes you to share your expertise, insights and best practices in education science that anticipate and shape compassionate care, knowledge and an evolving healthcare system. We seek a diversity of perspectives for the conference sessions across 3 streams and 2 session types.


The theme of this year’s Education Day Conference is The New Normal? Learning from Disruptions in Healthcare Educationwith sessions that focus on our Streams:

systems and institutions iconStream 1: Systems and Institutions

How is the healthcare education system changing or how does it need to adapt to disruptions like Covid-19?
You could consider the following e.g.:

  • Mental health/wellness and resilience
  • How has the system change affected people and how have we had to adapt to that?
  • The need for healthcare education to support changes i.e.: redeployment
  • How are the changes in healthcare education affecting people (patients, learners)?

diversity and inclusionStream 2: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility

In what ways do disruptions (i.e.: Covid, Social Movements, etc.) drive new conversations about the principles and practice of IDEA in healthcare education?

You could consider the following e.g.:

  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Systemic inequities (Covid,social justice etc.)
  • Accessibility

virtual learning iconStream 3: Virtual Learning Environments

How are clinical and academic teaching and learning adapting to our new virtual educational landscape?

You could consider the following e.g.:

  • Benefits
  • Challenges
  • Interprofessional, team-based teaching and learning
  • Simulation-based teaching and learning
  • Best practices
  • New technology
  • Accessibility


All-Hands-on Workshops

These 1 or 2 hours sessions are intended to actively engage participants in the learning process. Workshops provide a collaborative and active learning environment for participants, who should leave with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they can apply in their own environment and practice.

Rules of Engagement:

  • Duration: 1 or 2 hours
  • Facilitators must use best practices in adult education and the session must be experiential in nature (active learning must comprise at least 2/3rds of the session)

Lightning Talks & Discussions

These short presentations are followed by roundtable discussions. The presentations are intended to creatively engage and showcase information that may otherwise be done in a traditional conference or poster presentation.
In this session, there will be multiple speakers with each presentation being 5 minutes in duration. Speakers will include learners, clinicians and researchers who will present relevant information rapidly and in an engaging manner. Campfire discussions will take place at round tables for each speaker. Speakers will have a chance to engage their audience in a discussion about their talk for 15 minutes at each table following the lightning talks.

Support for creating your lightning talk is available through our education services.
Rules of Engagement:

  • Speakers have 5 minutes for their presentation
  • Speakers may have one static slide for their presentation (optional) and must make their point clearly
  • Campfire Discussions: 15 minutes/round; total 45min


  • Applicants may submit more than one proposal, however only one proposal can be selected
  • The Convergence selection committee reserves the right to recommend changes to submissions upon consultation with applicants
  • Proposals must not focus on “selling/advocating” a service/product/program
  • Conference Committee does not cover fees accrued by speaker for travel or accommodation
  • Speakers are asked to register and pay for the event
  • Speakers will not receive a stipend
  • Support will be provided upon request to help move your sessions online

DEADLINE: October 23rd, 2020

Open the Proposal Submission Form - PDF


Questions regarding the Call for Proposals and the submission process may be sent to