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The Annual Conference of the Maine Occupational Therapy Association (MeOTA) is a time for practitioners, students, educators, and scientists to share their work - work that will 
further the profession of occupational therapy as it seeks to contribute its knowledge to 
improve the lives of those who can benefit from occupational therapy services. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS

  • Proposals may be submitted any time through August 10th 2018.
  • Academic Fieldwork Educators and/or Faculty are encouraged to submit a proposal for a “student track” with focus on fieldwork, transition to being a new practitioners, professional development, mentorship or other student topic. Contact MeOTA for more details meotaconference@gmail.com
  • Proposals will only be accepted via the Internet
  • Please make sure you are accurate with all spelling and credentials.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be accepted

SESSION FORMATS
Within each format, proposals may be either general in nature or research-based.

  • Short Course: 90 minutes - that advance practice, education, or program development. 
  • Poster: Displayed on a 4-ft x 6-ft cork bulletin board.  Posters will be on display during the day with a designated time period where presenters are asked to be with their poster - advance the body of knowledge underlying the practice of occupational therapy.
  • Roundtable Facilitator: 45-60 minutes - advance practice, education, or program development.
  • Student Track Sessions: 60-90 minutes - that address current student or recent graduates needs/interested

AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT
The standard room set for ALL sessions (except posters) is as follows:

  • 1 table
  • 1 projection screen
  • 1 LCD projector for use with provided laptop/computer (personal device can be used, however converted/connections can not be guaranteed)

 

PROPOSAL SELECTION PROCESS
Proposals are reviewed online by your colleagues in a blind peer review that will begin August 13th 2018 and conclude within 10 days.  A minimum of 2 blind reviews is given to each proposal. 

Presentations will be accepted in the areas of occupational therapy practice, education, program development and entrepreneurial practice. The learning objectives should be clearly stated and should relate to improved understanding or application of knowledge relevant to practice and education. The synopsis of the content should indicate how the learning objectives will be fulfilled.

Criteria for Presentation or Poster:

  • Topic is timely, professionally relevant, and advances the practice and education of the field of occupational therapy or specifically addresses the professional development of the participant.
  • Topic demonstrates evidence-based practice or is relevant to promoting the use of evidence in current practice.
  • Learning objectives are appropriate and clearly stated.
  • The synopsis articulates the purpose and content of presentation.
  • Level of material is appropriate for the identified target audience and learning objectives.
  • Research proposals may include quantitative (e.g. experimental, correlational, descriptive), single subject, or qualitative studies. In addition, the proposals may address specific measurement issues or research methods relevant to occupational therapy.  
  • References are current and relevant.
  • Proposal is organized, well written, reflects thought & attention.

SCORING OF PROPOSALS

All proposals are scored on a scale of 1 to 5 of nine criteria. Reviewer scores for each proposal are averaged, and all proposals that score a 37 or higher are considered for scheduling in the conference program. Final selection and scheduling of conference proposals is done by the Conference Chair and is based on a number of factors that help to establish a diverse and balanced program. 

POLICIES GOVERNING ACCEPTED PROPOSALS

  • Once a proposal is accepted, changes to the proposal cannot be made.
  • MeOTA reserves the right to assign the time that accepted proposals will be scheduled and use synopsis information for marketing.
  • All OT, OTA, and student speakers whose proposals are accepted for presentation must register for conference at a 25% discount of their current membership status and based on registration time table.

Notification will be sent by e-mail in mid September, 2018 regarding acceptance of proposals; confirmation of notification is required. Proposals not chosen will also be notified.

 


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