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Beyond Flexner 2020
Transforming Health Professions Education: Social Mission, Equity, and Community
Call for Abstracts, Presentations and Posters

The Beyond Flexner 2020 conference, Transforming Health Professions Education: Social Mission, Equity, and Community, provides an outstanding opportunity for health professions leaders, educators, trainees and community partners committed to the fight for more just and equitable healthcare systems to present their work and expand their teaching and advocacy community.

Beyond Flexner 2020 is currently accepting research and current best practices abstracts. Anyone affiliated or employed by an institution that trains health professionals is welcome to submit an abstract. Click Join Now below to begin.

Submissions that include the following features are strongly preferred:
  • Co-authorship by community members and partners
  • Co-authorship with trainees (students, residents, etc.)
  • Interprofessional and/or interdisciplinary
  • Inclusive of multiple institutions
  • Innovative and/or disruptive
  • Impact-driven
Abstracts will be considered for the following session types:
  • Posters
    • Completed research projects highlighting innovative social mission work
    • In-progress research projects will be considered separately
    • Submissions by students and residents (as primary author) will be considered for the poster competition
  • Oral Presentations: (90-minute breakout session, 3-4 presentations per panel)
    • Brief 10-minute presentations on a novel program or completed research project with 15-20 minutes of group discussion. The presenter should propose questions/topics for the discussion.


  • 90-Minute Workshops:
    • Highly interactive workshops led by multiple facilitators that center around skill-building or problem-solving a pressing issue in social mission in health professions education
  • 3-Hour Workshops:
    • Similar to the 90-Minute workshops, these longer sessions will offer an opportunity for comprehensive skill-building or problem-solving on a specific topic area related to social mission in health professions education
Themes for the conference include:
  1. Championing Equity: programs that teach, model, measure, promote and reward health equity
  2. Diversity Now in Health Professions Education: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability, culture, nationality, religion, and socioeconomic status
  3. Innovations in Learning Integration: interprofessional education, integrated primary care, oral health, behavioral health, community engagement, and social determinants of health, and health law
  4. Moving to the Quadruple Aim - patient experience, population health, healthcare costs, and learner well-being in the context of social mission
  5. Fixing the Framework: admissions, accreditation, post-graduate education, certification, hidden curriculum, payments, state and federal policies
All themes relate to the social mission of health professions education For all themes, BF 2020 is interested in Community Partnerships to promote social mission; Disrupters such as cost of care, cost of drugs, racism, refugees, opioids, pay scale, rural; Global issues, programs, and movements; and social mission Research priorities, metrics, outcomes, programs, and community engagement.

Examples of workshops include:
  • Providing training in a social mission-related area (e.g. community-organizing, advocacy, evaluation/research methods, etc.)
  • Hands-on experience with a social mission training tool
  • Engaging participants to advance their own social mission work (e.g. developing recruitment/admission strategy for diversity, developing health equity and leadership curriculum)
  • Engaging participants to develop/advance a social mission-related issue
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Questions? Organizer: Monika Lescano -