Call for Proposals

Welcome to Convergence2022: The Michener Institute of Education at UHN 3rd Annual Education Conference.

Building on our learnings from the last two conferences, and in recognition of our unique public health and sociocultural climate, and the changing landscape of our workforce, our theme this year is Courageous Conversations for the Future of Health Professions Education.

Our hope this year is to enable exciting opportunities for networking, learning, co-creation, and to facilitate a space for courageous conversations about our practice as educators, researchers, and as learners. Please review the tracks and session types to see what you would be interested in. We are very excited to bring this interactive program to life and to sharing your unique experiences.

Call for Proposals is now Open!
DEADLINE EXTENDED: October 29th, 2021

Download the Proposal Submission Form, fill in, and email to to complete the submission process.

Key Dates

Call for Proposals Closes on October 29th, 2021
Monday, November 3rd, 2021: Proposal status is communicated to contributors
Monday, November 8th, 2021: Deadline for successful proposal contributors to confirm conference attendance
Monday, November 22nd, 2021: 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 tracks and 5 session types.


The theme of this year’s Education Conference is Courageous Conversations for the Future of Health Professions Education with sessions that focus on our Tracks:

Track 1: Future of Work

How will the future of work and health professions education be impacted by various disruptive forces?

You could consider the following e.g.:

  • Shifting capabilities for the future
  • Understanding and identifying employer and employee workforce and learning needs
  • Mental health, resilience and wellness in teaching and learning
  • Emerging technologies i.e.:
    artificial intelligence, machine learning, consumer wearable apps, customer centered care, patient rights, electronic health records, commercialization, etc.

Track 2: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) in Education

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.:

  • Using IDEA principles to advance teaching and learning practices
  • Decolonization of education
  • Learning about Indigenous and alternative ways of knowing
  • Exploring safety and belonging in healthcare education

Track 3: New and Emergent Practice

What new and emergent practices are shifting the way engage in teaching and learning, or are fundamentally changing the health professions education  and research landscape?

You could consider the following e.g.:

  • Innovative and new models of teaching and learning
  • Research, scholarship and evaluation practices
  • Emerging technologies and best practices for teaching/learning
  • Impact of emergent models of care and technologies impacting teaching and learning (e.g. virtual care, artificial intelligence, pandemic)

Types of  Sessions

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.


  • 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. Discussions will take place at virtual round tables. Speakers will have a chance to engage their audience in a discussion about their talk for 15 minutes following the lightning talks.


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


In this session, storytellers will tell an impactful story about their experience with health professions education and/or clinical learning. Stories can be up to 10 minutes long. Storytellers are encouraged to support their narrative with the 4 pillars of storytelling: people, places, purpose, and plot.  A discussion will follow. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on and think critically about the topic.  Participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences on the topic.


  • Duration: Maximum 10 minutes
  • Storytellers may have one static slide to enhance their story, however slides are not required for a storytelling session

Open Hack: Bring Your Own Teaching and Learning Problem(s)

The BYOP is an “Open Hack,” which allows attendees to work together on projects of their own design or to bring questions to a group regarding healthcare education research they are undertaking or a healthcare education project they are considering. Participants will have a chance to discuss the issue with the Speaker


  • Speakers have 5 min to present their problem
  • Speakers can use one static slide to present the problem visually
  • Speaker will create 1-2 questions to engage the audience

Panelist (Choose your own topic)

Group Size: 25-30

Call for panelists to join a panel discussion related to one of the 3 streams for the conference. Panels will be composed of 3-4 panelists and a moderator, for an audience of a maximum of 30 people.  Please note you must include the following in your submission: Question to be discussed and why is this an important topic/how it relates to healthcare education, which track it is connected to, a list of the panelists on your team.

  • Future of Work – How will the future of work and health professions education be impacted by various disruptive forces?
  • IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) in Education – In what ways do disruptions (i.e.: Covid, Social Movements, etc.) drive new conversations about the principles and practice of IDEA in healthcare education?
  • New and Emergent Practice – What are the new and emergent practices that have shifted our healthcare education landscape?

General Information

  • Applicants may submit more than one proposal
  • The Convergence selection committee reserves the right to recommend changes to submissions upon consultation with applicants
  • Support for creating your workshop, lightning talk or story is available through our education services, please note if you need support on your proposal
  • Proposals cannot focus on “selling/advocating” a service/product/program
  • Conference Committee does not cover fees accrued speakers or participants for travel or accommodation
  • Speakers are required to register and pay for the event

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