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McNally Project - Call for Abstracts

Date: 2019-03-09


The Ontario Paramedic Association, in partnership with the McNally Project for Paramedicine Research, is currently accepting abstracts for poster and oral presentations at the 2019 Paramedicine Expo & Conference this October.  

The theme for this year's research and innovation stream is Advancing Paramedicine Through Innovations in Education. Authors are invited to submit abstracts describing original research studies, knowledge synthesis and reviews, innovations and/or scholarly commentaries on topics broadly related or applicable to the advancement of paramedic education. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, new ways of thinking about: structure and design of entry-to-practice education, continuing professional development, educational technology, teaching, learning, assessment, and credentialing.  Advancing professional practice and/or readiness through education is also encouraged. Presenters will be given 10 minutes for their oral presentation, with an additional 3 minutes for questions.  

In considering abstracts, the Ontario Paramedic Association and The McNally Project welcome all forms of scientific inquiry, including quantitative, experimental, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches. We also welcome submissions describing knowledge synthesis and review projects, and scholarly commentaries on relevant topics as described above.  

Interested authors should submit an abstract of no more than 350 words and structured* as follows:  

  • Introduction: the introduction should contain relevant background information and clearly identify the research question(s), objective(s), or hypotheses to be tested, as appropriate
  • Methods (if applicable): the methods section should describe the project in sufficient detail to allow readers to understand the methodological approach and methods used. When describing a qualitative or review project, authors are asked to align their work with a specific methodology (e.g., grounded theory, phenomenology, ethnography, systematic review, scoping review, etc.) as appropriate.
  • Results (if applicable): the results section should describe the main findings of the project. If reporting a quantitative and/or experimental project, authors are asked to include the main results in the original data scale, and to include measures of effect size (e.g., odds ratios, risk ratios, risk reduction), and confidence intervals in addition to p-values.
  • Discussion/Contribution: authors may choose either heading as appropriate for their project and this section should clearly state the significance and implications of the findings.
  • Table/Figure: authors may include one (1) table or figure with their abstract. The table or figure will not detract from the word count in the main text. References (numbered) are required but are not included in the wordcount.

*Authors submitting a scholarly commentary may submit an unstructured abstract of no more than 350 words.  

Abstracts should be prepared as a Microsoft Word document with a cover page that contains:  

  • The title;
  • All authors' names, degrees, and affiliations;
  • The word count for the abstract
  • Please indicate if you will be enrolled as a student in any post-secondary institution as of October 2019
  • Disclosure of personal or financial interests, or where none exist, a statement indicating the authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose should appear on the cover page.

In addition, where the abstract describes a project involving human research participants, the authors must indicate on the cover page that the project was approved by a Research Ethics Board (REB), including the REB name and approval number, and must also indicate that the participants provided informed consent, or that the requirement for informed consent was waived. More information about the ethical conduct of research involving human participants can be found at the: Tri-Council Panel on Research Ethics.   

The main text of the abstract must be free of any identifying author information.    

All abstracts will be evaluated using a blind peer-review process and ranked according to (1) relevance/contribution; (2) scientific/scholarly rigor; and (3) clarity; and (4) novelty. Authors will be provided with written feedback from the reviewers, and accepted abstracts will be invited for presentation at the 2019 Paramedicine Expo & Conference.  

Please send completed abstracts by email to admin@mcnallyproject.ca no later than May 1st, 2019.

Acceptance decisions will be emailed June 1st, 2019.