Call for Abstracts


AMRPA is the nation's only organization dedicated solely to the interests of inpatient rehabilitation providers. We invite you to submit abstracts for both oral presentations and poster presentations at our 21st Annual Fall Educational Conference & Expo, October 15–18, 2023, at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX.

The 2023 Educational Conference & Expo will feature several tracks in addition to plenaries and other special sessions. The tracks are designed to address the information and education needs of medical rehabilitation providers, including current events, key updates and changes in the field, as well as topics identified from the 2022 conference program evaluations. Suggested topics include: 

Operations & Leadership Development

  • Productivity, LOS/Cost Management, Team Building, Employee Management, Leadership, Succession and Strategic Planning, Program Development

Clinical Care Delivery: A Team Approach

  • Safety, Quality, Transition of Care, Clinical Best Practices, (including Innovative Therapies and Nursing Techniques), Medication Management, Wound Care, Infection Control, Pressure Injury Prevention, Fall Prevention, COVID-19 & the Rehabilitation Hospital Impact

Regulatory, Legislative, and Accreditation Matters

  • Documentation of Medical Necessity, RAC Audit, 60% Rule Compliance Issues, Joint Commission, CARF Prep, Regulatory/Legislative Updates, Hot Button Issues

Business Development and Building Strategic Relationships

  • Developing broader business relationships (ACOs, IPAs, CCNs and Healthcare Systems); using data ‎analysis and key performance metrics to drive value; service recovery strategies; focus group ‎utilization for program development; preferred provider strategies with payers.‎

  • Referral development strategies: breaking down barriers to admission, differentiating IRF from other ‎post-acute settings, community education projects that drive volume, census-building techniques, ‎and maintaining relationships in a changing health care market. ‎

  • Communication strategies in a virtual health care world; leveraging social media, e-communications, ‎web traffic and other tools; value of storytelling in health care; and techniques that encourage ‎positive word-of-mouth communications. ‎

Technology, Research, and Innovation

  • Telemedicine, Telerehab, Durable Medical Equipment

Topics Outside the Box 

  • Have a presentation in mind that doesn’t fit into one of these five tracks? Submit your abstract to the “Other” track for consideration. We encourage you to offer any idea or topic that you feel would be of value to our conference attendees.


Call for Posters

AMRPA is also soliciting proposals for poster presentations that describe original work in any area in the field of medical rehabilitation. The interactive poster and networking reception is always one of the most highly attended events on the conference agenda. The guidelines are as follows:

  • A poster is a visually formatted presentation of a topic using charts, graphs, illustrations, and photographs to supplement a narrative.

  • The topic may be clinical or research based, or describe new techniques, procedures, or technologies in the field of medical rehabilitation.

The presenter must be available at the designated time, as specified in the program, to discuss with conference attendees.

One poster will be honored with the AMRPA People's Choice Award for Best Poster. Attendees will be asked to vote on the poster that best showcases an impactful or innovated program or project in the field of medical rehabilitation. The winner will receive special recognition in post-conference communications.


Submission Process

Oral and poster presentation proposals must be submitted as an abstract of no more than 500 words in the AMRPA Abstract Portal. Abstracts should be written so as to be self-contained and to provide the technical substance required for the AMRPA Education Committee to evaluate the presentation’s contribution to the medical rehabilitation community. Abstracts lacking clear descriptions of project outcomes and key takeaways for learners will not be accepted. All authors submitting oral presentations must also provide three (3) specific learning objectives and indicate the key takeaways ‎‎— the practical tools, solutions and/or resources they will provide to attendees — in their application. Oral presentations range from 30 to 45 minutes, including time for questions. 


Selection Process

After the initial abstract submission deadline, now extended to Friday, April 14, 2023, the AMRPA Education Committee will review all completed abstracts. Shortly after, AMRPA will announce the abstracts and ‎posters chosen for presentation at the 2023 Fall Conference. Acceptance letters will be sent to the email address ‎provided in the abstract submission portal. Abstracts that have not been selected may be offered the ‎opportunity to be presented as a poster.

Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific Quality

  • Relevance, Constructiveness, and Contribution to the Field of Medical Rehabilitation

  • Originality

  • Clarity and Organization

  • Freedom from Bias

Questions? Contact AMRPA Headquarters.