Call for Virtual Poster Presentation Abstracts

Deadline:  January 15, 2021


The Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) invites the submission of abstracts for virtual poster presentations during the 2021 FSPHP Virtual Education Conference - World Disrupted: Caring for Caregivers in Uncertain Times.  This conference will be completely virtual and we anticipate our attendance to consist of over 250 state physician health program administrators, care providers, and allied health professionals dedicated to the purposes of the FSPHP and its member state programs.  This event will continue to serve as an opportunity for professional exchange of information and to network with professionals dedicated to issues of physician well-being, including the treatment of substance use disorders and mental health conditions facing physicians and other licensed health-care professionals in the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world.

FSPHP will offer an FSPHP Excellence in Research Poster Symposium Award to the top poster(s). 

Conference Objectives

  • Develop evidence-based strategies and peer support resources to prevent healthcare professional burnout and decrease risk of suicide.
  • Utilize and integrate outcomes of mental, behavioral health and addiction services provided by Physician Health Programs to reduce conditions related to job stress.
  • Incorporate current methods to reduce barriers for health care professionals seeking support for their well-being and health including improvements in safe-haven legislation, rules, and regulations such as peer review, 42CFR, ADA, and HIPAA.
  • Manage changes in licensure and/or credentialing which increases privacy of health information while balancing the role of patient safety.
  • Critically review and analyze health care professional cases to improve best practices for identifying the prevalence, nature, and differential diagnosis of health care professionals at risk of substance use disorders.
  • Examine key sources of stress and apply a strengths-based approach to improve fulfillment and well-being in health care professionals and organizations.
  • Apply Physician Health Programs’ data-driven models which match the health care professionals' needs for evaluation, referral, treatment, and/or monitoring when issues of aging, professional boundaries, and determining fitness for duty are required.

All speakers and poster presenters are asked to explore the impact of COVID-19 and topics on diversity, equality, and inclusion in relation to the health and well-being of health care professionals.

Key Dates and Details

Call for Abstracts of Poster Presentations January 15, 2021
Notification of Acceptance  February 15, 2021
Poster Presentation PDFs Due to FSPHP March 5, 2021
Pre-recording Summary of Poster Presentations To be scheduled in March 2021
Poster Presentation Showcase April 8, 2021


  • Abstract submissions are limited to 400 words and should include: 

    Submission context
    References and topics of any panelists
    Three (3) session objectives
    Education of each speaker
    Biography of each speaker
    Past Speaking engagements of each speaker

  • All abstracts must be submitted using the online form.  
  • All authors will be required to complete and submit a Disclosure form prior to the event.
  • Abstract submission text, information and pre-recordings will be used on conference materials including our website, brochures and the virtual conference platform application.
  • All presenters will be responsible for their meeting registration fees.  Please know we appreciate your valuable educational contribution to the FSPHP. 
  • A pdf of each poster presentation, and advance recording of your presentation will be loaded onto the conference platform application and can contain live links.
  • Additional details and guidelines will be provided to poster presenters upon acceptance.

Responsibilities of the Presenting Author

  • The first author listed for each abstract serves as the presenting author and as the primary contact for all correspondence regarding the abstract.
  • The presenting author must be one of the co-authors listed on the submitted abstract.
  • The presenting author is responsible for the following:
    • Ensuring that all authors have read the abstract and agreed to be co-authors. Failure to get approval from all authors will result in rejection of the abstract.
    • Notifying all co-authors of any additions, deletions, and changes to the program, as may be communicated by the FSPHP.
    • Forwarding all correspondence to all co-authors, including FSPHP policies and guidelines.

Notice to Authors

ATTENTION: The online abstract form has a built-in timer of 10 minutes.  We recommend that you prepare your text ahead of time to cut and past into the online submission form.
You will be asked if you would like to continue your session before the timer runs out.  If you do not continue your session you will lose your abstract data.
Once you begin the Abstract Submission form you can make edits, until you hit “submit.” However, you cannot save your work and return to it later.  We recommend you prepare the text in a word document to finalize all the text, and then cut and paste the text into the online Abstract Submission Form.   

For more information email Sandra Savage at [email protected].