Call for Abstracts

CANP's 43rd Annual Educational Conference

The California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) invites abstract submissions for its 43rd Annual Educational Conference taking place March 19-22, 2020 at the Riverside Convention Center.

Consistent with CANP’s mission of serving as the unifying voice and networking forum for nurse practitioners, providing expert guidance and advancing the nurse practitioner profession statewide, the Annual Educational Conference aims to provide a curriculum that is in alignment with these goals.

All submissions must be submitted via CANP’s online submission portal, accessible by clicking the button below. Incomplete or submissions submitted in any other form than through this portal will not be accepted.

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, July 22. 

The Annual Educational Conference is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). AANP requires specific forms be included in all abstract submissions. During the submission process, you will see forms that contain AANP's header. These forms may not be modified and must be downloaded, completed and uploaded as part of your abstract submission.

Submit Your Abstracts

Submission Information

For a submission to be considered complete it must include the following information:

  • Abstract Types
    • Poster
    • In-Track
    • Workshop
  • Speaker Information
    • Contact information including first, last name, credentials, mailing address, phone number and email address for all speakers.
      • CANP allows up to three speakers for each session.
    • A biography, including the speaker’s educational and practice background and how their background and experience directly relates to their qualifications to present on the proposed topic.
      • The biography must not exceed 150 words.
      • CVs are not accepted in place of a biography.
  • Abstract Information
    • Abstract Title: The title may not include acronyms or abbreviated terminology and should be catchy and interesting for marketing purposes.
    • Abstract Details: Provide a detailed description of your abstract in 250 words or less.
    • Abstract Summary: Provide a brief summary description of your abstract in 25 words or less for use in the conference agenda and other marketing materials.
    • Course Objectives: Three to five objectives your abstract will cover and how they relate to the Annual Educational Conference. Some examples include:
      • Provide participants current clinical pharmacologic, diagnostic, management knowledge and skills in patient care across the lifespan.
      • Discuss professional, educational and financial issues affecting the role of the advanced practice nurse as they relate to primary and acute care practice specialties.
      • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and clinical experiences with colleagues involved in the delivery of patient care.
    • Pharmacology Content: Indicate the percentage and time of pharmacology content you will discuss during the presentation.
    • Abstracts selected for pharmacological (Rx) credit should address the following objectives:
      • Discuss relevant principals of physiology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
      • Provide rationale for selecting a drug of choice including evidence-based guidelines.
      • Identify the goals of drug therapy desired effects and evaluation of patient response, including management of adverse reactions.
      • Describe special dosage situations, including age-specific considerations.
      • Discuss results of relevant or current clinical trials.
      • Discuss cost comparison information to other drugs within the same class.
  • Presentation Information
    • Presentations Materials: Speakers are required to submit a copy of their PowerPoint presentation for both oral and poster presentations.
    • Presentations must be labeled in the following format: First Name, Last Name and Topic in all capital letters (example: JOAN SMITH – EMERGENCY ROOM TRAUMA).

Abstract Submissions for Posters

Poster presentations will occur multiple times during the conference. Presenters must be available no less than two of the scheduled poster viewing times to present their poster and answer questions.

The following information must be included on all posters:

  • Title: The title should be brief, simple, catchy and emphasize the key message of the poster.
  • Introduction: The introduction should be short and legible.
  • Objectives: Three to five objectives; things the presenter hopes the audience will learn.
  • Abstract: This is only required if the poster is research-based.
  • References: Provide the audience with references for the presentation.
  • Conclusion: A summary of the presentation.

Below are additional details on the requirements for presenting a poster:

  • Structure and Design
    • Poster boards may be 42 x 42 inches, 42 x 48 inches or 42 x 52 inches.
    • The text must be large enough to be read easily from 4-6 feet away.
    • Use font size proportional to importance.
      • Largest font size – title
      • Second largest font size – section headings
      • Next largest font size – supporting material 
    • Try to have a high contrast between background and text.
    • Choose a typeface that is simple and bold enough to be legible.
  • Graphics
    • Graphs and photos must be large enough to be seen clearly 4-6 feet away.
    • Graphic photos require a privacy screen.
      • CANP reserves the right to remove posters that contain graphic images not approved by the Educational Affairs Committee.
  • Content and Topics
    • Some examples of poster content and topics are:
      • Research projects
      • Practice changes
      • Program proposals
      • Practice and/or professional projects


Monday, July 22, 2019 - Abstract submissions deadline

Monday, August 26, 2019 - Presenters are notified if their abstract was accepted or not, and of the presentation date and time for those accepted. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - Final PowerPoint presentations due. Speakers/sessions that do not submit their presentations by this date will be canceled.

March 19-22, 2020 - Annual Educational Conference at the Riverside Convention Center.


In addition to receiving a 50 percent discount on the conference registration fee, those selected to present an in-track session or workshop will receive the following honoraria:

  • In-Track: $150 per session
  • Workshop: $300 per workshop
  • Poster: $50*

* Poster presenters do not qualify for a discount on the conference registration fee.

For sessions that include more than one speaker, the honoraria will be provided to the speaker listed as the main contact on the abstract submission. It is the responsibility of the main contact (speaker) to manage sharing the honoraria with other speakers participating in the track or workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I start my submission and come back at a later time to finish it?
A: Yes, you may start and stop the abstract submission process at any time as long as the submission is complete and submitted by the deadline.

Q: How long is each in-track session?
A: Each in-track session is one hour and 15 minutes.

Q: How long is each workshop?
A: Each workshop is three hours.

Q: What is the difference between an in-track session and a workshop?
A: Workshops are presented in an interactive format and in-track sessions are presented in a lecture format.

Q: As a speaker, am I still required to pay the conference registration fee?
A: Yes, speakers are entitled to a 50 percent discount on registration fees but may not "donate" their honoraria in exchange for their registration fee. The discount registration doesn’t apply to poster presenters.

Q: When will I know what date and time my presentation is scheduled or if my abstract is selected?
A: CANP will provide speakers with their session date and time by Monday, August 26, 2019.

Q: What if I am unable to present at the assigned date and time?
A: Presenters must be available to present at any date and time during the conference. If you are unable to present at your assigned date and time, CANP reserves the right to withdraw its invitation for you to present.

Q: Will I receive CE and/or Rx credit for my session as a presenter?
A: Yes, presenters receive credit for their session, just as attendees do.

Q:  If my abstract is selected, when will I receive my honoraria?
A: Honoraria payments are mailed to presenters post-conference.

Q: If I am presenting on a panel with more than one presenter, will we each receive the honoraria?
A: The honoraria will be paid to the individual listed as the main contact on the abstract submission. It is up to the main contact to distribute the honoraria amongst the various presenters.

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