Be a Speaker at the 2021 DPC Summit

Are you a skilled speaker who's an industry expert? The DPC Summit Planning Committee is looking for dynamic presentations for the 2021 DPC Summit. The event is hosted by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC), and Direct Primary Care (DPC) Alliance.

While we’d love to see and hear your presentations in person, the 2021 DPC Summit will be held virtually July 16-18, 2021. All speakers will be required to present using the summit’s chosen online virtual platform.

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

Proposals will be accepted through January 31, 2021.

Summit Goals

  • Offer practical skills, information, and resources to improve clinical and academic practice
  • Help attendees transform in to, or begin, a DPC practice
  • Demonstrate the impact of DPC payment models for primary care

Summit Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate whether DPC is an effective model for your career path, current practice, patients, and community
  • Show the practicality of converting an existing fee-for-service (FFS) practice into a DPC practice versus starting a new DPC practice from scratch
  • Employ essential business management skills required of a successful DPC practice owner
  • Recognize the prospective impact of the DPC model in fostering a renewed interest in primary care
  • Apply various methods and processes that DPC practices have established to engage employers in their community


Presentation Proposal and Agenda Timeline

Proposals will be accepted until the end of the day on Sunday, January 31, 2021. Submit your application electronically.

All proposals must be submitted by January 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST for consideration. Please contact us at with any questions or requests for further information. Review the information below before beginning your online application.

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.

  • Starting a Practice – specific for those looking to start a practice in the next year
  • Growing a Practice – developed for those looking to scale up 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
  • Clinical/Procedural Topics
  • 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 typically last 55 minutes. 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 typically last 55 minutes. The presenters should allow adequate time for questions and answers during this time.

Interactive Workshop – In order to deliver in-depth, relevant, and informative content to our attendees, we are seeking proposals to conduct an interactive workshop at the 2021 DPC Summit. For 2021, we are focusing on workshops that would be part of the starting the practice and growing the practice tracks.

We are looking for leaders to come together to develop a two- to four-hour workshop that will actively engage participants, explore in-depth focused education tailored for DPC practices, and provide attendees with a detailed action plan based on proven strategies. Workshops should include no more than four presenters.

Proposals are encouraged to include a variety of educational formats to engage attendees. Below are content suggestions for a focused workshop. We invite you to submit your workshop proposal and ideas about the following topics:

  • 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.


Submission Criteria

Proposals will be accepted until the end of the day on January 31, 2021. Applications are required to include the following information:

  • Speaker Information
  • Presentation Title or Topic
  • Presentation Topic Categories (see above)
  • Session Types (see above)
  • Presentation Description
    • Provide a short description or outline of the presentation. Limit the description to 4,000 characters (approximately 500 words).
  • 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 at Select Option 1.
    • An AAFP login will be is required to complete the form. A login does not constitute or require membership to the AAFP.
    • Please contact if you have trouble accessing the COI form.

Note: Incomplete submissions will not be included in the review, including those that do not have conflict of interest (COI) forms completed by all proposed speakers. All COIs should be completed by January 31, 2021.


Evaluation Criteria

The DPC Summit Planning Committee, made up of your peers, will select presentations that create a well-rounded and relevant event that addresses the specific needs of physicians interested in, or currently practicing in, a DPC model.

The DPC Summit Planning Committee will:

  • Consider completed proposals submitted using the online form by the due date
  • Assign selected sessions to specific days and times
  • Determine the duration of the session. Session may be allotted:
    • Fifty minutes to include interactive activities and discussion
    • Twenty minutes paired with another 20-minute presentation, followed by a joint 20-minute question and answer session
    • Two or more submitters to work together to create one 60-minute presentation to include interactive activities and discussion

Submissions will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Topic is relevant to DPC
  • Clear objectives—problem statement is clear
  • Originality and innovation—practical application
  • Amount of content is appropriate for time allotted
  • Content of proposed presentation (teaching methods clear, likely to meet objectives, adequate breadth of coverage)
  • Proposal is clearly written and well organized
  • Duration of experience/evaluation of effectiveness
  • Rating: Poor (1 point), Fair (2 points), Good (3 points), Very Good (4 points), Excellent (5 points)



Accepted presentations will receive an email with instructions about how to proceed around March 5, 2021. Speakers will be given time to review the requirements and timeline, and to accept the invitation to participate as a speaker. If accepted, speakers will be required to supply the following information by the deadline, or their session slot will be forfeited:

  • Official Session Title
  • Learning Objectives
    • Provide two or three learner outcomes based on the aim and objectives of the session. Limit learning objectives to 480 characters (approximately 60 words).
  • Learning Gaps
    • Identify known gaps in attendee knowledge of subject.
  • Presenter Information
    • Required for each presenter: Name, Email, Practice or Company Name, CV
    • Optional but preferred: Twitter Handle, Speaking Experience, Phone Number, Biography for each speaker (no longer than 250 words)

Proposals not accepted to present at the summit will be notified by March 31, 2021.


Speaker Benefits

All speakers selected to present at the 2021 DPC Summit will receive the following:

  • One complimentary 2021 DPC Summit registration
  • Honorarium for development and presentation of virtual presentation (Varies based on session format and length)



By submitting this presentation, you represent and affirm that you have the legal right to do so, and that the submission of such content will not violate any third party’s privacy rights, publicity rights, contract rights, copyrights, or other proprietary rights. By representing and affirming your legal right to submit content, you accept legal responsibility for the use of this presentation by us or by other visitors to the site. 

Only a small percentage of presentations will be accepted. To facilitate an event that meets the goals of the organizers, the planning committee may contact the submitter to discuss a proposed change to the format, content, and/or to add another speaker to the proposed session.