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Call for Abstracts

Call for abstracts

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, The 4th International Congress on Whole Person Care will be held in virtual mode. Authors will be able to present their contributions virtually by sending a pre-recorded video presentation. They will then be asked to be present online for questions immediately following the presentation.

Submissions are welcome from all disciplines within the health care professions on the topic of whole person care which is healthcare that relates to the recipient of care as a whole person. The intention of whole person care is to synergize the power of modern biomedicine with the potential for healing of every person who seeks the help of a healthcare practitioner. There is no additional charge to submit an abstract; however, once your abstract has been accepted, you must register as an attendee in order to participate in the conference.

Abstracts may be submitted for PAPERS (10 min.) and SHORT PAPERS (3 min.).

Publication of Abstracts
All accepted abstracts will be published in a special edition of The International Journal of Whole Person Care.

How to Submit an Abstract:
Please complete the Online Abstract Submission Form. There is no paper version of this form. Abstracts not prepared correctly will NOT be considered.

Once your abstract has been successfully transmitted online, you will receive a confirmation email from us with a confirmation/abstract number. Please make sure to keep this number for your records.

Online Instructions

Section 1: Presenting Author
All correspondence will be sent to the presenting author. Please ensure that your contact information is correct.

Section 2: Authors' Names & Institutions
Please enter each author (first name & last name) in order of importance and indicate the corresponding institution(s), city, province and country. Do not include degrees or professional titles (Prof., MD, RN, etc.). All authors must be entered, including the presenting author, since this is the data that will be used when publishing the abstracts. The names will be listed in the order in which they have been entered, so it is important that the first or main author be the first one you enter.

Section 3: Language
Oral Presentations must be in English. 

Section 4: Topic Categories
Please select the category most appropriate to the content of your abstract. Abstract topic categories include:

  • Healing
  • Suffering
  • Compassion
  • Relationship centered care
  • Person centered care
  • Patients as partners
  • Professionalism
  • Inter-Professionalism
  • Wisdom at the Margins
  • Mindful Clinical Practice
  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Nursing
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Palliative and Hospice Care
  • Community Based Care
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Education
  • Research
  • Creative Arts
  • Program Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Structure
  • Preventative Care
  • Spirituality
  • Family
  • Mind-Body Medicine
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Wellness
  • Managing at an individual level
  • History
  • Social Movement
  • Social Media
  • Theory and Philosophy
  • Self-Care
  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Other

Section 5: Presentation Type
Please select the type of presentation.

Section 6: Abstract Title
The abstract title should clearly define the content of the paper. It should be typed using Title Case (upper and lower characters).

Section 7: Abstract Text
The use of tables, graphs and other types of images in the abstract is not permitted. The use of abbreviations is permissible provided that the term is spelled out in full the first time it appears, with the abbreviation shown in parentheses following the term. Proofread your abstract carefully.

Authors must submit abstracts online using the Online Abstract Submission Form. Once your abstract has been successfully transmitted online, you will receive a confirmation letter from us with a confirmation/abstract number. Please make sure to keep this number for your records.


Oral Presentations – Sessions will be opened by the host 10 minutes prior to the starting time, to allow every participant to join on time. No sessions will start before the host opens the session.

Sessions will be scheduled according to CANADA EASTERN TIME ZONE . The Eastern Time Zone (ET) is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time in October (referred to as Eastern Daylight Time or EDT[THD1]. You can use this URL to check your time zone, insert your location and see your local time.

All participants will enter the session in Mute mode (to avoid interruptions of presentations that may be occurring). The hosts will enable the sound as soon as it is fit. The hosts will be monitoring the sessions, so if you have any technical question during the session, you can send chat messages to them, so they can assist you.

Each session will have a chair that will manage times and moderate questions and answers. Please use the raised hand symbol Raised hand if you want to pose a question to the presenter.

The duration of the presentations is as follows (please respect the timings according to your presentation type, to allow time for interaction with Q&A):

Oral Presentations: 10 minutes for the presentation + 5 minutes for discussion with the audience or 3 minutes for the presentation + 5 minutes for discussion

Oral Presentations will be via ZOOM webinars LIVE. You will be asked to submit a 10 minute or 3 minute pre-recorded video of your presentation. The moderator will play your video and then questions will come in from the attendees. You must be present during your webinar's session for discussion.

Presenters are required to prepare a pre-recorded video presentation that can be made in one of these two ways:

➢ Recording a video of the presentation;
➢ Creating a PowerPoint presentation with slides and a voice-over, and saved as a video.

The file must be in VIDEO format, we won’t accept any other formats, like .ppt files.

  1. About recording a video presentation: You can record your presentation through a camcorder, web-camera or mobile phone with at least 4 mega pixels quality. Feel free to open your video in an editing program (Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, AVID, Final Cut Pro or other editing software), according to your expertise and convenience, to make alterations and all kind of editing (putting a title, your name, etc.). Save your file either in *.AVI, *.MP4, *.MPG, *.WMV or *.MOV (extensions format).

  2. About creating a PowerPoint presentation with a voice-over: Use the PowerPoint program or similar (available in any Operating System) to compose your presentation in slides. This software is convenient and easier for most of people, but you’re welcome to use other tools, creating advanced presentations. We suggest you start by presenting a picture of yourself with email contact and affiliations, with a welcome message to the audience, feel free to use your creativity, but try to keep it easy and brief. Use an audio recording device, such as a microphone or other external voice recorder, music, etc. Once you have your PowerPoint slides, you can insert the audio files using the program itself – click Insert > Movies and Sounds > Sound from file (choosing the location of your audio files). You can also record your voice with PowerPoint in each slide, if desired – click Insert > Movies and Sounds > Record sound. One can create self-running slides, including your voice narration. After you made the synchronized PowerPoint presentation, turn it into a movie file – click File > Make Movie – the opened window will allow you to choose the location where you want to save your video from the PowerPoint presentation. Save your file either in *.AVI, *.MP4, *.MPG, *.WMV or *.MOV (extensions format).

➢ Important note for videos and PowerPoint videos:

  • Spoken and written words must be in English.
  • Try to achieve a good quality voice recording, to facilitate the hearing, by making it in a quiet setting and by speaking clearly and in a paused manner.

  • Videos and PowerPoint videos should be kept simple, transmitting information clearly, like in a poster presentation with the respective contents. Use clear and visible characters in the writings when editing text or topics.

  • Review your video and watch it several times in your video player, to make sure everything is fine.

  • Oral Presentations must not exceed 10 minutes or 3 minutes

  • You MUST NOT EXCEED the time given for the video presentation, and the file must be under 100 MB of space file.

  • The video file must be sent by email to angelica.todireanu [at] or through Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, etc.

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