September 28th - 30th

Annual Conference Call for Proposals/Presentations

The International Health Facility Diversion Association (IHFDA) will hold its 5th Annual Conference September 28th – 30th, 2020 at the Westin O’Hare hotel in Chicago, IL.

IHFDA’s conference planning committee seeks proposals that address important related issues on diversion, risk management, quality practice and guideline/process use to increase the knowledge and skills of all professionals and promote the development of our profession. Proposals on any major topic related to healthcare facility diversion are welcome for consideration.


1.  Anesthesia related (Operating Room)
2.  General drug diversion topics inside healthcare facilities
3.  Diversion specialist or drug diversion team related
4.  Case specific diversion cases in healthcare facilities
5.  Posters are also welcome for consideration * (see below)


IHFDA has interest in the following categories:

1.  Legislation
2. Risk Management
3. Guideline development
4. Best practice
5. Model care

Presentations should be classified to assist in determining the content level of materials to be presented. The levels are based on the Dreyfuss Model of Skill Acquisitions and/or Benner’s States of Clinical Competence. Please choose only one of the following levels that best describes your presentation content.

ADVANCED BEGINNER – Guidelines for action based on attributes of aspects. Situational perception still limited. All attributes and aspects are treated separately and given equal importance.

COMPETENT – “Coping with crowdedness”. Now sees actions at least partly in terms of longer term goals. Conscious deliberate planning. Standardized and routinized procedures.

PROFICIENT – Sees situations holistically rather than in terms of aspects. Sees what is most important in a situation. Perceives deviations from the normal pattern. Decision-making less labored. Uses maxims for guidance, whose meaning varies according to the situation.

EXPERT – No longer relies on rules, guidelines or maxims. Intuitive grasp of situations based on deep tacit understanding. Analytic approaches used only in novel situations or when problems occur. Vision of what is possible.

POSTER – Poster topics should include sufficient information to allow the committee to determine their content, relevance, background data and outcomes if appropriate.



1.  Ensure the title use have given your submission is indicative of the actual content. As you flesh out the idea for your proposal, the topic may change slightly from the initial plan. Be sure to double check the title of your submission to make sure it is descriptive and covers the topics you plan to include in the presentation.

2.  The audience will have an understanding of basic practice. Presenters are discouraged from spending presentation time on definitions unless they are specifically the focus of the presentation.

3.  If you are describing a type of practice used at your institution please be very descriptive, i.e. Rather than “we use a process” it is preferred that you provide more detail, such as “we use the XYZ process.

4.  Ensure references are relevant and up-to-date – any reference 10 years or older will be questioned by our continuing education provider.

5.  Submissions, once approved for presentation, must be submitted to IHFDA in Power Point format and follow the rules of accredited education, which include a disclaimer slide.


Abstract submissions need to include the following information/description in Word Document format and sent to

1.  The title of the presentation

2.  The name/s of each presenter, their title, email address, phone number and affiliation

3.  An abstract describing the subject matter of the abstract in 500 words or less

4.  The amount of time needed for the presentation- 1 Hour, 1.5 Hours, 2.0 Hours (Allow 10- 15 minutes at the conclusion of your presentation for questions)

Please remember, when creating your slides, they must be easily readable in a large conference room. Please do not use red, as it does not show up properly. Yellow or White on dark blue appear to be a very good option. It would also be helpful to have the font of print on slides increased to support use in a large conference facility.


Questions concerning the conference, the proposal submission process, along with all submissions should be directed to IHFDA educational planning committee at
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