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We seek to explore the intersections between the arts and medicine. How can they be of use to each other? How can they interact to make each more than they were without the other? Enjoy discussions and presentations on how the arts can be used in medical education and patient and provider care. Experience works by others like you: people who are trying to get along in the world of health care.

Here are some common questions we get about the call:

  • Is my presentation right for tELC?
    • Probably!  We’re interested in anything that presents the intersections between medicine and the arts and humanities.
  • How long are the presentations?
    • Generally about 1.25 hours.  That leaves an hour for you to make your presentation, and 15 minutes to answer any questions.
  • What kinds of presentations work well?
    • Interactive, dynamic presentations are best.
    • Think about ways to include your audience, rather than lecturing to them.
  • What hints can you provide about PowerPoint presentations?
    • Go watch a TED talk.  Look at their slides as they talk.  You probably won’t see slides with bullets.
    • Their slides complement their words, hint at what they’re about to say, or illustrate the point they’re trying to make.
    • You definitely won’t see them reading their bullets even when they have bullets.
  • Will I need handouts?
    • It depends on your topic.  But your audience will appreciate them.
  • What’s the worst kind of presentation?
    • A presentation that appears to be self-promoting–where the value for the presenter is much higher than the value for the audience–is routinely seen by audiences as awful.  Avoid this at all costs.
  • I have more questions!

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016. Presentation proposals may be submitted here. We will notify everyone of their presentation’s acceptance in early May.

We take all kinds of submissions, and will gladly discuss your ideas as to format outside of those options presented below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

For more information about the conference, visit the Examined Life Conference page.

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