Abstract Submission has now Closed

The Global Community Engaged Medical Education Muster Conference 2018 invites the submission of abstracts for original work. Abstracts will be considered for oral, poster, personally arranged learning sessions (PeArLs) or workshop presentations in the Muster 2018 Program.

Key Dates

Abstract submission opens

February 2018

Abstract submission deadline

30 April 2018 11.59pm AEST

Presenter notifications

15 June 2018

Presenter registration deadline

20 July 2018


Program Themes

People & Communities
Community Engaged Medical Education seeks to ensure that communities are empowered to shape medical education for the benefit of all health professionals. This theme focuses on social accountability and seeks presentations which highlight community engagement processes and outcomes for: learners, individuals, community organisations and government stakeholders.

Longitudinal and Integrated Training
This theme seeks to entwine clinical learning around the patient as a central core. It draws together clinical sciences and the art of medicine. The meshing of specialty disciplines enables longitudinal integrated clerkships. Inter-professional education integrates learning for a range of health students, bringing them together in teams. Learning can be integrated with assessment to measure progress over time.

Culture and Wellbeing
Internationally, the health industry still struggles with discrimination and processes which disproportionately impact on the wellbeing of the most vulnerable consumers and providers. This theme explores how community-engaged medical education seeks to build inclusive cultural perspectives in health services and health education. We invite abstracts which focus on the empowerment of Indigenous and First Nations people; the safety of patients and consumers and the wellbeing of learners and staff within Universities and health professionals within clinical settings.

Rural Workforce
Communities are no more invested in medical education than in rural areas, where the medical workforce is often fragile. This theme seeks to explore the impact of Community Engaged Medical Education programs on rural health workforce, sustainable models of training and workforce outcomes from rural Community Engaged Medical Education programs.

With the option to choose the following “audience” options to assist with program scheduling (author can choose single or multiple audiences or none at all).

  • Franchophone
  • Administrator
  • CLIC
  • Aboriginal

Incorporation of Evidence/Addressing Barriers

All authors are asked to include in their presentation an outline of the evidence used to create the content; must include references (authors, article title, journal, year, volume, and page numbers) within/on materials. Should the presentation call for assertions or recommendations, any lack of evidence must be acknowledged and include a discussion on commonly encountered barriers to change and implementing recommendations.      

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be allocated 15 minutes. This will include 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Oral presentation guidelines are available to download here.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be separated into themes, with each theme being allocated a poster session of 30 minutes on either Tuesday 16 October, Wednesday 17 October or Thursday 18 October 2018. Authors will be required to stand by their poster during their allocated session time. A poster session facilitator will guide delegates through the posters allowing poster presenters 2 minutes to speak on their presentation. After ALL authors have provided a 2 minute presentation on their poster, delegates will be encouraged to browse the poster area and ask questions. 

Poster presentation guidelines are available to download here.

Personally Arranged Learning Sessions (PeArLs)

PeArLs sessions will be allocated 45 minutes (5 minute presentation + 40 minutes discussion). PeArLs sessions will be limited to 3 concise presentation slides. They allow an opportunity for those who are developing ideas, those who are taking ideas from development into implementation and those who are planning evaluation of their ideas, to share, discuss and gain insight into their positions by tapping into the wisdom and experience of others. PeArLs presentation guidelines are available to download here.


Workshops will be allocated 90 minutes. Workshops will have 3 learning objectives/defined outcomes that will be achieved through activities participants will undertake. Workshops usually provide participants with new perspectives or skills that can be taken away and applied to their own contexts. Some workshops may be invited by the Scientific Working Group and these will be given priority in the program. Workshop guidelines are available to download here.

Abstract Submission

Please read through the submission instructions listed below before preparing your abstract:

Step 1: Read the General Policies and Requirements for the submission of abstracts (below).

Step 2: Write your abstract following the Abstract Format & Layout Guidelines (below).

Step 3: Download the Abstract Template to draft your submission. Please note: All submissions must be made via the online abstract submission portal (eOrganiser). 

Step 4: All authors are required to create an author account before submitting their abstract. Once the account is created, authors will be able to submit their abstract and answer the declaration of conflict of interest questions included in the abstract submission form. 

Notification of Acceptance

Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author by 15 June 2018.

While authors may indicate their preference for a workshop, oral, PeArLs or poster presentation, the final decision is made by the Scientific Working Group. While every attempt will be made to program abstracts according to the requests of authors, requests for workshops and oral presentations cannot be guaranteed. Poster presentations carry the same status as oral presentations and will be subject to the same selection process by the Scientific Working Group.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference proceedings. The Conference Managers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.

General Policies and Requirements

Compliance to the specifications is imperative – any abstract that does not comply with these specifications will not be accepted for review and will be returned to you by the Conference Managers for resubmission.

Abstract Content
The purpose of the abstract is to define the precise subject of the presentation to an audience. There is a strict 250 word limit. References are not to be included. See below for further formatting guides.

The abstract title should be short, informative and contain the major key words.

Contact Author
Please list the contact author within the text box as indicated. The contact author may be different to the presenting author.

Please list ALL authors and affiliations within the text boxes as indicated on the abstract submission form.

Requirements for the Submission of Abstracts

  • All abstracts must contain original work that has no prior ownership or copyright restrictions. Abstracts may be from a range of categories, including original research, case studies, and insight or review articles.
  • Submitted abstracts may have been presented at other conferences.
  • All abstracts must be prepared according to the guidelines provided. 
  • We recommend that the presenting author submits the abstract. 
  • The presenter will be required to register and pay for the Conference to ensure their abstract(s) are included in the final program and Conference Proceedings – deadline for author registration is 20 July 2018.
  • Do not resubmit an abstract for any reason other than a notified submission error. If you do not receive a submission confirmation email stating your abstract was successfully uploaded, please contact the Conference Managers.
  • It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure that the abstract is submitted correctly. After an author has submitted their abstract they must check their submission, which will be converted to a PDF file, to ensure the abstract has been formatted correctly.
  • All submissions must be completed electronically via the online abstract submission portal. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Managers via email gcemem2018@arinex.com.au or phone +61 2 9265 0700.
  • It is possible to submit multiple abstracts as the presenting author. 


Oral Presentations, PeArLs and Workshops
It is a requirement of all presenters that a biography (maximum of 150 words) as well as a photo is supplied at the time of abstract submission. This is for use by the Chair in each session to introduce the presenter.

Poster Presentations
Instructions for the preparation of hardcopy posters will be sent to authors upon notification of the abstracts acceptance.

Abstract Format and Layout Guidelines

All abstracts must be prepared according to the Format and Layout Guidelines provided below. Abstracts will only be accepted if submitted using these guidelines:

  • Up to 8 co-authors per submission.
  • Oral Presentation or Posters require the following fields under Body:
    • Introduction/background
    • Aims/objectives
    • Methods (if relevant)
    • Results (if relevant)
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion or issues for discussion
  • PeArLs require the following fields under Body:
    • Introduction/background
    • Aims/objectives
    • Discussion including questions/issues for exploration
  • Workshops require the following fields under Body:
    • Introduction/background
    • 3 learning objectives/defined outcomes
    • Issues/areas for exploration
    • Activities
  • Abstract body must not exceed 250 words.
  • Abstract should include only the abstract body – not the title, authors or affiliations. Titles, authors and affiliations will automatically appear on the final abstract document based on the details entered into the relevant sections in the abstract submission portal.
  • Tables and/or graphics may not be included in the abstract body, however equations may be included in the abstract body. All formatting is preserved (italics, bold, superscripting, subscripting, underlining) and symbol characters (i.e. ± , µ, ß) may be used. In order to include equations within your abstract please write these in a word document and copy and paste them into the abstract text box.
  • Abstracts must be free of typographical and grammatical errors.  
  • Abbreviations may be used and should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word/phrase. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the definition is outlined in the body of the abstract.
  • You will be asked to provide a short biography (up to 150 words) with your submission.
  • You will be asked for your consent to approve or disapprove allowing your work to be published and / or recorded.
  • You will be asked to nominate a theme. Please refer to the list of themes available near the beginning of this page.


Online Registration Form

Please note that all persons intending to attend the Conference must register.