Monday, 18 — Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts has now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract.


Our theme ‘Travelling forward together – He waka eke noa’ acknowledges that all of us involved in medical education and training are in the waka (boat) together. At the Forum, we will focus on how we work together and maintain a shared approach to medical education and training while transitioning through different career stages. As well as providing a platform to reflect on the rapid transition to online learning as a result of COVID-19, there will be a number of topical issues under three key themes.

Key dates

  • Closing date for submission of abstracts – closed
  • Notification of acceptance – from Friday 13 August
  • Notification of presentation date and time (oral presentations) - from Monday 6 September
  • ANZPMEF 2021 – day one: Monday 18 October 2021, 12:30 (NZT) to 17:00 (NZT)
  • ANZPMEF 2021 – day two: Tuesday 19 October 2021, 13:00 (NZT) to 17:00 (NZT)


Transitions and innovations

Doctors transitioning from one phase of medical education to the next or from one role to another, cope with change in different ways. This makes any transition an opportunity to reflect on our current medical educational system. There are three major transitions within the path to becoming a specialist: first, the transition from medical school to intern, second from intern to vocational training, and finally from vocational training to working as an independent specialist. Each of these transitions can be a highly demanding stage within a medical career and all are characterised by numerous challenges ranging from unknown tasks in a new role with its accompanying responsibilities, to a new context and unfamiliar colleagues. We invite submissions on how these transitions impact on medical education and training.

Doing things a little differently can be hard in healthcare, but ultimately creates a learning environment and supports the ongoing growth of the profession. Innovation is crucial to the ongoing development of the medical education experience. However innovative or established approaches may or may not be successful, therefore reflection can be just as powerful and creates a greater understanding of situations so that future actions can be informed by this understanding. This lifelong learning is an essential aspect of medical education and required to develop professional expertise. An example of this is COVID-19 which required a rapid change in how training was delivered and received. We invite submissions on any aspect of promoting and supporting medical education through change.

Health equity and cultural safety

The concept of health equity acknowledges that differences in health status are unfair and unjust and are also the result of differential access to the resources necessary for people to lead healthy lives. Cultural safety focuses on the patient and provides space for patients to be involved in decision-making about their own care, and contribute to the achievement of positive health outcomes and experiences. We invite submissions that address health equity and cultural safety, particularly within the context of medical education.

Professionalism and Intern wellbeing

The first year of practice presents interns with a new set of challenges and pressures. In addition to the stresses and hazards of working long hours in a busy and often new environment, there is the increased responsibility interns have while they make the transition to a practising doctor. Creating a positive and supportive work environment, that is conducive to learning, remains a change. This is not only important for individuals and their families, but it is vital for the provision of quality healthcare. We invite submissions that consider the challenges interns face, personal experiences in working through a challenge, and research that delves into addressing these challenges.

How to submit your abstract

Please note all abstracts must be submitted electronically. Abstracts for all formats must be clearly written and be no more than 300 words (excluding the title and authors).

Abstracts may cover any topic related to the training of interns (junior doctors), medical education and patient care however preference will be given to abstracts that relate to the three forum themes outlined above.

Abstracts can be presented live or via a pre-recorded video sent to the forum organisers two weeks prior to the forum. You will be asked to advise your preferred presentation method when submitting your abstract.

Please be prepared to present any time between 13:00 Monday 18 October and 17:00 (NZT) Tuesday 19 October 2021. Notification of your presentation date and time will be from Monday 6 September.

When composing your abstract, carefully follow the guidelines and layout below:

  • Title (maximum 30 words)
  • Font calibri or equivalent, 11 point, single spacing
  • Author(s) FAMILY/SURNAMES should be in capitals, no qualifications or titles. Note the presenting author(s) should be bold and underlined
  • Written in sentence case
  • No tables or figures
  • Abbreviations must be spelt out in full at the mention followed by the abbreviation in parentheses
  • Which forum theme(s) best suits your abstract

Presentation types

Research Papers – 10 minutes (7 minutes followed by 3 minutes Q&A)

Research papers are presentations of a single original research study or activity that is theoretically relevant and methodologically sound. This is an opportunity for presentation of quality medical education research, formal program evaluation or quality improvement activities with accompanying evidence.

Local initiatives – 10 minutes (8 minutes followed by 2 minutes Q&A)

Papers can be around an innovation, project or an initiative. Local initiative papers will be grouped into similar themes.


Digital posters will be available on demand for the duration of the forum. They provide an overview of projects, initiatives or research. You will be able to record a brief presentation to accompany your poster.


Registration and expenses

A condition of acceptance is that all presenting authors must register for the Forum. Presenters are responsible for their registration fee.