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In this section you will find the session formats, important session requirements, conference learning objectives, audience profile and conference evaluation.

Heart & Stroke Clinical Update

Dec. 7-8, 2018
Hilton Toronto Downtown
145 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2L2

Pre-conference workshops: Dec. 6, 2018

Session formats

Plenary presenters

  • Plenary session consist of three presenters. 
  • All presenters remain on stage until the end of the plenary to participate in the question and answer period.
  • Friday plenaries are 25 minutes presentations by each presenter followed by 25 minutes of group question and answer period.
  • Saturday plenaries are 30 minutes presentations by each presenter followed by 35 minutes of group question and answer period.
  • Plenary sessions are videotaped for broadcast through Heart & Stroke.
  • 300-500 delegates are expected to attend the plenary sessions.

Concurrent workshop presenters

  • 90-minute session for 30 - 120 registrants
  • At least 25% of this time is spent in interactive learning (through Q&A, discussion, audience response system)
  • The workshops are meant to be small, case-based interactive sessions. The presentation should be geared towards a group discussion format and address the learning objectives, where clinical scenarios are presented along with question periods to see how audience members would treat certain situations.

As a general guide, facilitators should aim to prepare 2-3 case studies if possible. Some delegates have found the following approach helpful to their learning:

  • Focus the first 15-30 minutes on the overview of the topic
  • Follow with interactive case discussions
  • Devote the last 23 minutes for questions and answers.*

*Please note that in compliance with Accreditation requirements, a minimum 25% of your presentation time must be devoted to questions and audience interaction. It is strongly advised to honour the time allotment for your session.

Important session and accreditation requirements

  • All presenters are required to verbally disclose and display on a presentation slide at the beginning of the presentation a declaration of any conflict of interest.
  • Summarize and cite relevant research publications / evidence base in slides.
  • Evidence should come from systematic reviews/meta-analyses of studies or single, moderate-sized, well-designed RCTs or well-designed, consistent, controlled but not randomized trials or large cohort studies.
  • Acknowledge when there is no evidence to support assertions or recommendations.
  • If a single study is the focus or select studies are omitted program developers must provide rationale to support this decision.
  • Include discussions about commonly encountered barriers to practice change.
  • Refer to products by generic names, not trade names.
  • Graphs and charts cannot be altered to highlight on treatment or product.
  • Both potential harms and benefits should be discussed and an efficient way to present this to clinicians is numbers needed to treat and numbers needed to harm, as well as absolute and relative risk reductions.

Include in your presentation discussion about commonly encountered barriers to practice change.

Conference learning objectives

After participating and actively engaging in this program, participants will be better able to:

  1. Interpret the latest emerging vascular and cerebrovascular clinical trends, guidelines and best practices.
  2. Integrate the newly acquired knowledge and practical pearls for the prevention and management of heart disease and stroke into their practice.
  3.  Implement a collaborative and inter-professional approach in their clinical practice through learning from case studies and interacting with healthcare providers from different disciplines.

Audience profile

The majority of the audience is primary care providers: family physicians and general practitioners make up about 50% of the audience, followed by specialists (internist, emergency medicine, neurology, cardiology), nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses and registered practical nurses. While other healthcare providers (i.e Interns, students, dietitians, pharmacists) attend, they are in the minority.

Up to 600 delegates expected.

Clinical Update Delegate Profile

Conference evaluation

The Clinical Update will conduct an online post-conference evaluation, which will include overall conference and individual session evaluations. A report on your session will be shared with you in the New Year.

Please consider the following evaluation comments shared by delegates when preparing your presentation:

  • Delegates highly value practical pearls and take home messages that can be applied to clinical practice.
  • Best practices suggest one slide per minute
  • Keep presentation slides simple, uncluttered and visible (larger font >18pts recommended)
  • If using acronyms, first introduce the acronym and its full meaning verbally and on your slides.
  • Avoid presentations with multiple in-depth biomechanics
  • Consider other agenda topics to avoid duplicate content
  • Consider the relevance of session content to the multi-disciplinary audience’s practice
  • Please speak into the microphone and repeat delegate questions for the benefit of the audience.
  • Consider both rural and urban scenarios an access to resources.
  • Delegates appreciate access to slides and resources, so please share prior to conference if possible.


Please contact:

Lisa Pfeiffer, Senior Specialist, Knowledge Exchange for Health Professionals
T 647-943-3204 | E lisa.pfeiffer@heartandstroke.ca