2020 DPC Summit Call for Presentations

Be a Speaker at the 2020 DPC Summit

Are you a skilled, dynamic speaker, who's an industry expert? Apply to be a speaker at the 2020 DPC Summit.

DEADLINE EXTENDED — Proposals will be accepted through January 19, 2020.

The DPC Summit planning committee is looking for dynamic presentations for the 2020 DPC Summit, hosted by AAFP, ACOFP and FMEC, which will be held July 17-19, 2020 at the Sheraton Crown Center in Kansas City, MO.

We invite skilled speakers, passionate enthusiasts, and industry experts to submit presentation proposals for consideration. With over 300 attendees, we want you to be a part of the conference that helps shape and grow the direct primary care (DPC) movement.

Conference Goals

  • Offer practical skills, information, and resources to improve clinical and academic practices and help them transform or begin a DPC practice
  • Provide a venue for discussion and demonstration of the impact of DPC payment models for primary care.

Learning Objectives

The overarching goal and objectives of the 2020 DPC Summit is to support attendees in learning how to:

  1. Evaluate whether or not DPC is an effective model for your career path, and/or your current practice and patient communities, including the practicality of converting an existing fee-for-service (FFS) practice into a DPC, versus starting a new DPC practice from scratch.
    2. Employ essential business management skills required of a successful DPC practice owner.
    3. Recognize the prospective impact of the DPC model in fostering a renewed interest in primary care.
    4. Apply various methods and processes that DPC practices have established to engage employers in their community.

Proposals will be accepted through January 19. Submit your application electronically(aafp.secure-platform.com).

All proposals must be submitted by January 19 (11:59 p.m. Pacific time) for consideration. Please contact us at dpc@aafp.org  with any questions or requests for further information. Please review the information below before beginning your online application.

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Presentation Topic Categories

The planning committee has expressed particular interest in presentations related to the topics listed below. Presentations on other topics will also be considered.

  • Practice Management: Starting a Practice – specific for those looking to start a practice in the next year
  • Practice Management: Managing a Practice – designed for those with an existing practice
  • Practice Management: Growing a Practice – developed for those looking to scale or grow their DPC practice
  • Marketing/Branding
  • Integrating Technology
  • Engaging Employers/Insurers/Publicly Funded Plans/Wrap Around Options
  • Legal Compliance/Risk Mitigation/Advocacy
  • Practice Innovation/Unique Practice Model
  • Other – please specify

Session Types

DPC Summit presentations may be in one of the following session formats:

Traditional Class Session

Presenters in a traditional class session focus on a single topic and allow time at the end of the session for questions and answers. Sessions are typically 55 minutes long. The presenter should allow adequate time for questions and answers during this time. 

Panel Session (limited speaker reimbursement available for panels)

Multiple speakers form a panel for a collaborative presentation on a particular topic or to answer questions from attendees. Sessions are typically 55 minutes long. The presenters should allow adequate time for questions and answers during this time.

Interactive Workshop – New This Year!

To deliver in-depth, relevant, and informative content to our attendees, we are looking for proposals to conduct an interactive workshop at the 2020 DPC Summit. For 2020, we are focusing on workshops that would be part of the 1) Starting the Practice, 2) Growing the Practice, and 3) Lifestyle Medicine tracks.

We are looking for leaders to come together to craft a two- to four-hour workshop that will actively engage participants, explore in-depth focused education tailored for DPC practices, and send attendees away with a detailed action plan based on proven techniques. Workshops should include no more than four presenters. Proposals are encouraged to include a variety of educational formats to engage attendees. Below are some ideas of the content that the workshop should be focused on we invite you to submit your proposal and ideas:

  • Starting a Practice Track - fundamental business and financial planning, advertising and marketing techniques, legal considerations, practice management essentials, etc.
  • Growing Your Practice – managing your patient panel (growth and attrition), engaging employers, adding additional physicians or locations, etc.
  • Lifestyle Medicine – exposure to a variety of focused areas that can be incorporated into a DPC practice such as integrative, functional, addiction, weight loss, pain management, etc.

Submission Criteria

Proposals will be accepted through January 19.

Applications are required to include the following information:

1. Session Title

2. Submission Category (see above)

3. Session Type (see above)

4. Presentation Abstract

  • Provide a short description or outline of the presentation. Limit to 4,000 characters (approximately 500 words).

5. Learning Objectives

  • Provide two or three learner outcomes based on the aim and objectives of the session. Limit to 480 characters (approximately 60 words).

6. Learning Gaps

  • Identify known gaps in attendee knowledge of subject.

7. Presenter Information

  • Required for each presenter: Name, AAFP ID, Email, Practice or Company Name, Biography for each speaker (no longer than 250 words)
  • Optional but preferred: Twitter Handle, Speaking Experience, Phone Number

8. Confirmation of completion of the AAFP Conflict of Interest Disclosure for each speaker.

  • The DPC Summit requires all speakers to complete the CME Policy and Procedures for Full Disclosure and Identification and Resolution of Conflicts of Interest. Proposals will not be reviewed until all speakers have completed the online form. An AAFP ID will be needed to complete the form. An ID does not constitute or require membership to the AAFP. 

Please note: Incomplete submissions will not be included in the review.  


If your proposal is accepted, you will receive an email with instructions on or around February 7, 2020. You will be given a window of time to review the speaker requirements and timeline, and to accept the invitation to participate as a speaker.

Proposals not accepted will be notified by February 15.

Speaker Benefits

All speakers selected to present at DPC Summit will receive the following:

  • One complimentary DPC Summit registration
  • Reimbursement for travel expenses (limited to coverage of one night lodging per speaking day, airfare or mileage to and from hotel)

The DPC Summit does not provide speakers an honorarium or cover additional travel expenses you may incur.

Evaluation Criteria

The DPC Summit Planning Committee, made up of your peers, selects presentations to create a well-rounded and relevant event that addresses the specific needs of those interested in or currently practicing in a direct primary care model.

The Planning Committee:

  • Will consider proposals submitted using the online form through January 19.
  • Will assign selected sessions to specific days and times from July 17 - 19, 2020
  • Will determine the duration of the session. Session may be allotted:
    • 50 minutes to include interactive activities and discussion.
    • 20 minutes paired with another 20 minute presentation followed by a joint 20-minute Q&A period.
    • May ask two or more submitters to work together to create one 60-minute presentation to include interactive activities and discussion.

Your submission will be reviewed using these criteria:

  • Topic is relevant to direct primary care
  • Clear objectives—problem statement is clear
  • Originality and innovation—practical application
  • Amount of content is appropriate for time allowed
  • Content of proposed presentation (teaching methods clear, likely to meet objectives, adequate breadth of coverage)
  • Proposal is clearly written and well-organized
  • Audience involvement

Duration of experience/evaluation of effectiveness

Rating: Poor (1pt), Fair (2pts), Good (3pts), Very Good (4pts), Excellent (5pts)

Call for Presentations Timeline

Call for Presentations Timeline*
Call for Presentations Timeline*: January 19Presentation proposal submission closes
Call for Presentations Timeline*: February 3 - 7Speakers notified
Call for Presentations Timeline*: February 28Speaker acceptance deadline
Call for Presentations Timeline*: April 2020Full agenda announced

*Timeline is subject to change.