The virtual 2021 Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference provides an opportunity for learners, scholars, and practitioners in the field of interprofessional education and healthcare to share knowledge, build skills, experience professional development, and form collaborative relationships. Abstracts should represent original work in the areas of interprofessional practice, education or research. Faculty, staff, student, and practitioner submissions are welcome. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines interprofessional education (IPE) as an experience that “occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other” (WHO, 2010).

Abstract should be submitted in at least one of the following presentation categories:

  • Oral presentation (30 minutes): A presentation describing important interprofessional research, or innovations in curriculum, assessment, policy, or practice. 
  • Workshop (90 minutes): Interactive sessions focused on the participants, who can expect to develop practical skills and/or gain useful knowledge as a result of their participation.
  • Poster (Thursday only): Poster presentations provide an opportunity for authors to share and discuss the results of their work with conference attendees, and address the same topic categories as oral presentations. Poster presentations may represent works-in-progress.

Presenters will be required to register and attend the conference. Submission of an abstract represents author consent to the recording, publishing, and/or distribution of the presented content through electronic, written, or printed means. 

Please Note These Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: Friday, June 11
  • Notification of acceptance will be made after: Wednesday, June 9

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted under one of the following categories:

  • Assessment
  • Clinical Education
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Curricular Innovation
  • Educational Technology
  • Leadership/Administration
  • Learner Outcomes

Abstracts should follow these requirements:

  • The title is limited to a maximum of 10 words
  • The abstract is limited to a maximum of 500 words
  • The abstract synopsis used for publication purposes is limited to a maximum of 100 words
  • Session learning objectives should align with the educational approach and be appropriate for the time allotted 

Consider the following questions when preparing your abstract.

  • Does the abstract clearly state the project's aim (i.e., a research question, theoretical issue, or problem)?
  • Is the significance of work clearly stated?
  • If relevant, are the methods, data collection, and analysis procedures well-designed and appropriate to the question addressed?
  • Are the conclusions justified in relation to the data and/or analysis/description?
  • Is the abstract written clearly and organized well?


For questions, contact Des Moines University at or 515-271-1596.

Maximum of 10 words.
Maximum of 500 words.
Maximum of 100 words, used for publication purposes.
Enter three (3) words to describe the submission.
Enter a maximum of three (3) learning objectives.
List up to five (5) references.
I confirm the work submitted is my own, and all co-authors have given written permission for me to present the research at the educational activity. I also acknowledge that research projects are not a solo activity. I confirm that all mentors, preceptors, researchers, and/or institutions are included in my abstract and/or poster.