Call for Papers for Annual OTAP Convention

The Occupational Therapy Association of the Philippines Inc. (OTAP) will hold its 43rd Annual Convention on March 29-30, 2008 at Angeles City, Philippines. OTAP invites you to share your innovation, experience in the areas of education, clinical training, practice, professional development, management, and networking by submitting proposals for presentation at the Annual Convention.

Type of sessions
Choose the type of session that best suits your material:

Workshops are 3 hours long and should provide comprehensive information, in-depth information about a specific topic. The material should be based on fundamental knowledge or innovative ideas and should reflect in current trends and practice, education and management. The sessions should incorporate a variety of educational methods, such as lecture, demonstrations, and discussions.

Short courses are 1 hour long and provide the opportunity to deliver a general overview of a broad topic or more detail on a select topic than would be possible during a paper presentation. They are best delivered using a single education method such as a lecture, and allow for a 15-minute question-and- answer period.

Individual papers are 20 minutes long followed by a 10-minute question-and- answer period and provide an arena to report new research, technological advances, programs and techniques.

Posters are visual display of new or interesting techniques, programs, or advances in the profession. A cork bulletin board will be provided. Posters should be prepared in advance and should be large enough to be viewed from a distance of 2 meters.

Instructions for submitting proposals
All aspects of the proposal must be typed. The following items should be arranged in this order:

1) Complete Proposal Sheet (1st page) that contains:

Name of presenter (maximum of 2 for worshops, and 1 for paper, short course and poster presentations), and credentials (i.e. masters, doctorate, etc.) and co-authors (as applicable)
Affiliation (include address and contact numbers of institution)
Home mailing address
Phone number (day and evening)
Fax (include area code)
Email address
OTAP ID number (if applicable)

2) Complete Program Descriptions (2nd page)

Title of Presentation (15 words or less)
Educational learning objective (3 maximum)
Level of material to be presented: Entry-level for students, Basic for practitioners with less than 2 years of experience, Intermediate for practitioners with 2-5 years of experience, Advanced with more than five years of experience, or Multi-level.

Do not put the name of the presenter on this page.

3) Program Abstract (3rd page).

Provide a written summary that clearly states the purpose and content of the presentation in an organized and sequential manner. Do not use abbreviations or jargon. Describe the method of presentation you intend to use and justify why it is appropriate for the topic. Limit this to 200 words. Do not include your name or affiliation in the Abstract.

4) A 2-page curriculum vitae of the presenter.

5) Check to see if your proposal has all the 4 components enumerated above.

How proposals will be reviewed
Each proposal will be peer-reviewed. A volunteer committee of experienced practitioners and OTAP Board Members will make final program selections based on total number of points, topics, number of proposals submitted, anticipated attendance, and competing programming. Please note that the number of proposals receiving high scores may exceed space available. A high score does not guarantee proposal acceptance. Scores will be based on the points and criteria listed below:

Title of presentation: 5 points
Relevance of topic: 25 points
Abstract/Objectives: 60 points
Method of presentation: 10 points
For a total of 100 points.

It should be noted that the years of experience with the content should equal or exceed the level of material to be presented.

OTAP reserves the right to schedule the time that accepted proposals are to be presented. Proposals not accepted will be discarded.

Deadline for Submission: December 21, 2007

All proposals must be received by December 21, 2007. No item postmarked after the deadline will be considered. Faxed proposals will not be accepted. Written notification of the acceptance of program proposals will be mailed by the second week of January 2008.

Mail proposals to:

Ms. Charissa Carlos, OTR, OTRP or
Mr. Charles Bermejo, OTR, OTRP
Co-Chairpersons,
Committee on Scientific Program,
OTAP Annual Convention 2008,
Room 107, Philippine Medical Association Bldg
North Avenue, 1100 Quezon City

Or you may email your proposals (as rich text format) to otap_inc@yahoo.com

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