Call for Papers/Presenters

The 2023 Orthopaedic Symposium is a national conference dedicated to the practice of orthopaedic physiotherapy in Canada and is being held as a partnership between the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy.

The Orthopaedic Division helps members improve their clinical skills and service delivery through education, resources and networking. Continued professional growth and development is ensured through its evolving evidenced-informed curriculum, access to information on best practices and opportunities to collaborate and learn from peers. Built on a long history and reputation for excellence, it is the community for advancing orthopaedic physiotherapy in Canada.

The Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT) is the Canadian member organization of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy (IFOMPT), a part of the World Confederation of Physiotherapy and the World Health Organization. CAMPT-Certified physiotherapists have completed extensive post-graduate education and have attained internationally recognized qualifications in hands-on manipulative therapy, exercise therapy and pain science.

Symposium Content:

The Symposium will bring together practitioners from diverse areas of interest and expertise, including:

  • Assessment and treatment of orthopaedic conditions using clinical reasoning, manual therapy, exercise and patient education
  • Pain Science and its application to clinical practice
  • Special populations in orthopaedics, including women’s health, concussion management, vestibular rehabilitation and cancer rehabilitation
  • Clinical practice management and leadership
  • Physiotherapy education and knowledge transfer

Types of Papers/Presentations:

The Symposium welcomes the submission of the following types of papers/presentations:

  • Research – The presentation of original and peer-reviewed research including bench science, randomized control trials, clinical trials, case controls and case studies related to the neuromusculoskeletal systems.
  • Knowledge Translation – Presentations that focus on the synthesis of research that informs clinical practice, helps to develop best practice guidelines and uses outcome measures to disseminate knowledge and improve orthopaedic practice. Presentations will focus on the direct application of research and knowledge translation, in the context of clinical reasoning and patient treatment. Clinical case studies or application of research in a clinical context are strongly encouraged.

Both types of papers/presentations can be presented in the following ways:

  • Podium – Oral presentations to a seated audience (either in the main auditorium or in breakout sessions), typically accompanied by audio-visual materials summarizing the data Each presenter will be allotted time for their session (15, 30 or 60 minutes) depending on final program constraints. A portion of the presentation time may be reserved for audience discussion.  If applicants have more than one presenter for their paper, it must be noted in their application.
  • Poster – Static presentations in which information is summarized using brief written statements and graphic materials such as photographs, charts, graphs and/or diagrams mounted on a poster board (100cm x 100cm). Posters will be on display throughout the Symposium and speakers will be assigned a specific date and time that they are required to be present at their poster for discussion with

For further details and to submit your paper/presentation for consideration, please:

Click here to download the Call for Papers/Presentations document (in English)  or  Call for Papers/Presentations (in French)

Click here to download the Paper/Presentations Style guide (in English)  or  Paper/Presentations Style guide (in French)


Website is now open for Submissions 

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Deadline for Submissions is

 Monday, October 10, 2022 (11:59 p.m. EST)

For more information, please contact:

Shannon Larkins

Chair, Abstract Review Committee

Orthopaedic Symposium 2023