Research Papers

Research in Medical Education papers are presentations of a single original research study that is theoretically relevant and methodologically sound.  This category represents AMEE's highest level of single study presentations.

Themed sessions reporting original research, 4-5 presentations per session. Each presentation is 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for discussion. Time is allocated at the end of the session for general discussion

PhD Reports

PhD report presentations are based on the participant’s PhD thesis/dissertation that is completed a maximum of two years before the submission deadline.  Each presentation is 15 minutes, followed by five minutes for questions and discussion. A Chairperson will coordinate the session.

AMEE allows PhD candidates to showcase their PhD thesis and demonstrate how their work can contribute to new knowledge and understanding of health professions education. In addition, AMEE provides examples of the variety of PhD formats across countries and traditions of different scientific domains.

Short Communications

Short communications are simultaneous, themed sessions included throughout the programme, with six presentations per session.  Each presenter is allocated 10 minutes for presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions. A Chairperson will coordinate the session.


Posters are an important part of the AMEE conference and are much valued by participants, as evidenced from the evaluation forms. In fact it can be more challenging to produce a high-quality poster and present it effectively than to present a short communication. Posters are a useful method of communicating ideas about new approaches to education and research, they are mounted throughout the Conference, and many examples of educational innovation have begun their life as a poster.

To give them even greater value, themed sessions around the poster boards are scheduled in the AMEE programme (available from end July), where approximately 15 presenters will be asked to give a two-three minute presentation of the key messages of the poster, followed by a group discussion. Each session will have a Chairperson, who often has a specific interest in the theme of the session.

You should be prepared to present your poster at any time between 0830 hrs on Monday and 1030 hrs on Wednesday. We are unable to give a specific day or time of presentation.

Information for poster presenters:

  • Prepare a PORTRAIT poster of maximum size 841mm wide and 1189mm (A0 paper size).  If it does not conform to this maximum size, we regret it may not be possible to mount the poster.
  • Please bring your poster with you – do not send it to us in advance.
  • The session to which your poster has been allocated will be indicated in the final programme which will be on the website at end July.
  • Posters can be mounted on Sunday 28 August from 1400-1800 hrs or by 0800 hrs on Monday 29 August. A board will be provided, labelled with the poster number, title and authors. Fixing materials will be provided (Double sided scotch tape). Please do not affix posters to any place other than the board to which it has been allocated, and use only the fixing material supplied.
  • Posters should be removed by 1300 hrs on Wednesday 31 August. Posters not removed by this time will be removed from the boards and may be destroyed.
  • Each themed group will be allocated a discussion session in the programme which will take place around the poster boards.  Presenters should meet the Chairperson by the poster boards ten minutes before the scheduled start of the session. All participants are invited to join in. The Chairperson will lead the group around the boards, each presenter giving a 2-3 minute introduction to his/her poster. This will be followed by a short period for questions and discussion. The Chairperson will introduce each presenter and keep the session to time. Any time at the end of the session could be used for discussion or for individual viewing. No audio-visual aids, other than the poster, will be available.
  • In addition to the formal poster presentation session, presenters are encouraged to be available by their poster at some time during lunch and/or coffee breaks. It is helpful to fix a note to your poster board indicating when you will be available if anyone wishes to meet with you outside of the scheduled session. A handout with the key messages of your poster and your contact details is helpful, and you are encouraged to bring some with you.
  • Please see ‘Hints on preparing posters for AMEE Conferences’ and ‘AMEE Guide no 40: Creating Effective Poster Presentations’, by George Hess, Kathryn Tosney, Leon Liegel.
  • Please look at the AMEE 2012 Poster Example by Monica van de Ridder.

AMEE Fringe

The AMEE Fringe provides the opportunity to see something a little different – a new and perhaps provocative or idiosyncratic approach to healthcare professions education.

Approximately 15 minutes is allocated for each presentation. There is no prescribed format, and presenters may use the time however they wish, with an emphasis on creativity, performance and engagement with the audience.

PechaKucha 20x20

PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. You are advised to rehearse your presentation to ensure you can communicate the message on each slide within 20 seconds.

Conference Workshops

Conference workshops are either 1.5, 1.75 or 2 hours’ duration, and should be highly interactive and participative. An indication of the level and whether previous knowledge/experience of the topic is advised to be included in the abstract, available online from July 2016.

There is no additional charge for conference workshops. Information on how to sign up to attend conference workshops will be provided in the final programme (available online July 2016).

You should be prepared to give your workshop at any time between 0830 hrs on Monday and 1030 hrs on Wednesday. We are unable to give a specific day or time of presentation.

Information for workshop organisers: A Worldspan representative will contact you to collect your requirements. You may use your own computer in your workshop.

Point of View

If there is something you feel passionately about, a topic you feel needs to be discussed, or something that particularly frustrates you relating to health professions education, Point of View gives you the opportunity to submit an abstract to be considered for one of these new sessions. No evidence is needed, just your opinion!

Patil Awards

The AMEE Patil Teaching Innovation Awards, formerly known as the Patil Awards, have been made possible through a donation from Professor Nivritti Patil, University of Hong Kong.  The Awards will be made to participants at AMEE conferences who have presented a short communication that is judged by a Committee to have demonstrated innovation in relation to teaching and learning methods, assessment or curriculum planning.

Process:  Submissions selected will be scheduled for presentation in one of two sessions on day 1 or day 2 of the Conference.  The sessions will be judged by a Committee and one or more presenters will receive an AMEE Teaching Innovation Award, which will be announced in the Conference closing session.

Each presenter is allocated 10 minutes for presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions.

Terms & Conditions

  • The abstract submitter will be notified of the decision by mid April 2016.
  • Although you may submit as many abstracts as you wish, it is unlikely that more than one short communication or poster per presenter can be accepted due to scheduling complexities.
  • The submitter must be the presenter
  • The early registration fee applies until 15 May 2016.
  • It is essential that the abstract presenter is registered and has paid the registration fee by 1 June 2016 (or has registered and made arrangements to pay the registration fee either prior to arrival or on site) in order to guarantee inclusion in the programme.
  • Presenters should be available to present at any time between 0830 hrs on Monday and 1030 hrs on Wednesday.
  • The final programme will be available from early July 2016
  • You may list up to 6 authors for each abstract.
  • Only 1 presenter may be indicated for each abstract except in the case of conference workshops when a maximum of 6 may be listed.

Room AV and Layouts

Short communications, Research and PhD papers: All presentation rooms will be in theatre style and will be equipped with a computer, including sound, screen and a data projector/beamer. It is not possible to use your own computer for these sessions.

Posters: No audio-visuals are available except for your poster and the abstract.

Fringe/PechaKucha/Point of View: Rooms will be equipped with a computer, including sound, screen and a data projector/beamer. It is not possible to use your own computer.

Conference workshops: Rooms will be set up with tables and chairs to the rooms maximum capacity and will be equipped with a computer, including sound, screen, data projector/beamer and a flipchart and pens. We will contact you to seek any additional requirements after acceptance of the abstract.

Presentation Information for Short Communication, Research, PhD or Fringe presenters

Whether or not you are used to making presentations at conferences and meetings, your presentation at AMEE 2016 will be an exciting opportunity to demonstrate your work to colleagues from around the world.

Since you only have a short time to make an impact, conciseness and clarity will be key features of your presentation. We suggest you try out your presentation in advance on some colleagues to get their feedback as to whether your message and your visuals were clear. After you have given your presentation we hope you will stay on for the rest of the session, ask questions of your fellow presenters if the opportunity arises.  Any remaining time at the end of the session will be used for general discussion of the issues raised from any or all of the papers.  By doing this we hope it will enhance the experience for you, the other presenters and the audience.

  • Presenters should be prepared to present at any time between 0830 hrs on Monday and 1030 hrs on Wednesday. We are unable to give a specific day or time of presentation.
  • Note carefully the time and location of your session as listed in the programme which will be announced at end July;
  • Hand in your PowerPoint presentation at the Speaker Preview Room on CD or USB device preferably the day before, but a minimum of 2 hours before your presentation (opening times and location indicated in the programme). It will be pre-loaded onto the computer in your presentation room. You should use the computer provided;
  • It is not possible to use your own computer;
  • Software used is MS Office.  If you design your presentation in any other format you must take your presentation to speaker preview to ensure it will run on the equipment provided.
  • Go to your presentation room at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the session and introduce yourself to the chairperson;
  • Think carefully about how you use PowerPoint slides. These should enhance and not detract from your message. Bear in mind that you only have a short time don’t be tempted to try to include too many slides;
  • Ensure your slides are clear, that there is not too much text to read in the limited time available and that the type is large enough to be legible for those sitting at the back of the room;
  • Speak slowly and clearly, remembering that for many in your audience English may not be their first language;
  • Leave sufficient time for a short summary of your point(s) and think about what message you would like to leave the audience with when you finish;
  • Keep strictly to the time allocated for your presentation. The chairperson will ask you to stop when your time limit has expired;
  • Be ready to take questions as time permits;
  • A single page handout giving the key messages from your presentation and your contact details can be useful.
  • If you have a Fringe presentation accepted, please contact if you have specific session requirements.
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