CALL FOR PAPERS
Medical Interpreters and Patient Safety
Saturday October 13, 2018
Spaulding Rehab. Hospital
300 First Ave, Boston, MA 02129
Medical interpretation is a specialized field that has evolved over time into the fastest growing
specialization of interpreting practice. It is also a fragmented field with many small organizations and a
few national organizations representing the field. The IMIA has worked for many years to try to establish
unity in the field, and in 2006 established the Consortium of Interpreter Associations (COIA), which meets
annually, and the National Interpreter Services Coalition (NIAC) comprised of 8 national organizations.
IMIA believes that as the profession matures, it will be important for us to present a united front to the
The overriding mission of this conference is to offer an international forum to showcase the latest
developments in the field, to investigate its opportunities and challenges, to advance the quality in
services provided to language minority patients worldwide, and to shed more light on the collective
partnership and responsibility among medical interpreters, providers, and regulators for a better health
care outcome and patient safety. We encourage innovative ideas for presentations and activities that
support the thematic questions of the conference.
The format of the conference is grounded in professional networking and workshop sessions that
maximize audience participation, complemented by interactive plenary sessions on key professional
issues. IMIA provides a forum for new and well-established experts in the field to develop their work side
by side. This conference seeks to facilitate learning as an ongoing, dynamic and social process, and
strives to offer engaging sessions in which diverse participants can form bonds, participate as learners
and teachers, and feel integral to the learning process. We believe presenters should make content
relevant and meaningful, and offer ways to process information through dialogue, reflection, and
We encourage innovative ideas for presentations and activities that support the thematic questions of the conference.
Deadline for submissions: 9/30/2018
Proposals submitted after this date may be considered for selection, but preference will be given to those proposals received by the deadline.
Why should I present at an IMIA Conference?
Speaking at an IMIA Conference is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. All proposals are selected through a competitive peer-review process. If your proposal is selected, you may take advantage of the following benefits:
- Increased Recognition
- Many renowned experts in the field started off by becoming frequent presenters at the IMIA Conferences throughout the years. This could lead you there.
- By contributing to the advancement of your profession, you will build your reputation and resume, widen your networking circle, gain recognition as a leader in the industry, and position yourself as a key player to help shape the future of your profession.
- Your name will be featured and your biography appears on the Conference material that is provided to eachattendee.
Reduced Conference Registration
- Speakers receives a largely reduced speaker registration fee of for the full conference rate (not applicable for preconference sessions or other events).
- If additional co-speakers are involved, they may also register at the reduced speaker registration rate if they wish to attend conference sessions and events. There is a limit of ten presentations with co-speakers.
How can I prepare a winning proposal?
- Do not send any supplementary material. The decision to accept your proposal is based only on the information provided in this proposal. Information provided separately will not be considered.
- Submit a complete proposal. If you are unable to submit a complete proposal at this time, please consider a submission for next year. Incomplete submissions will be disregarded.
- Polish your proposal. Only well-written abstracts and bios will be taken into consideration.
- Focus on the theme. Proposals that appear to focus on selling products or services will be rejected.
- Know your audience. Your proposal should be designed for attendees with a specific level of experience. Preference will be given to proposals designed for audiences with five or more years of professional experience.
- Make it relevant. Your proposal should provide clear objectives for what attendees will learn and how they can apply this knowledge
Please note all workshops will run for 60 minutes - please keep this in mind when preparing your submission.
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