1st Annual Medical Tourism Research Conference (CMTR)

Venue: Marriott Courtyard Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States

Event Date/Time: Jan 27, 2010 End Date/Time: Jan 29, 2010
Registration Date: Nov 13, 2009
Early Registration Date: Nov 13, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 31, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Nov 13, 2009
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“Paradigm Shifts and Disruption -- the Impact of Globalized Healthcare”
1st Annual Medical Tourism Research Conference
Jan. 27th to 29th, 2010
Marriott Courtyard Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

Call for Papers (CFP) – Abstracts Due August 31, 2009

The Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR- also see www.medicaltourismresearch.org) invites submission of original research for presentation at the 1st Annual Medical Tourism Research Conference. As the first academic center devoted to medical tourism research, CMTR is proud to convene the initial gathering of the world’s medical tourism researchers to discuss this historic globalization trend in healthcare. We will be assembling January 27-29, 2010 at the new Marriott Courtyard Riverwalk Hotel, a historic, converted church on the banks of San Antonio’s amazing downtown Riverwalk.
The conference theme is “Paradigm Shifts and Disruption -- the Impact of Globalized Healthcare”. Medical Tourism is a disruptive influence on established healthcare systems and should continue to change the dominant paradigm in providing medical care for many years. The conference will address a wide range of issues, including (but not limited to), these themes:
• Genesis & drivers of medical tourism
• Legal & ethical issues in medical tourism and the globalization of healthcare
• Assessments or evaluations of medical tourism practices (including accreditation)
• Operational issues in delivering globalized healthcare
• Marketing & consumer behavior in medical tourism

Researchers should address abstracts to the geographic track chairs listed below, with student papers going to the student track chair. Abstract submissions are due August 31, 2009 and will be peer reviewed by CMTR researchers and members of the extended academic community with a background in medical tourism research. For accepted research, final papers will be due November 13, 2009.

We also welcome your interest in serving as a reviewer or session chair at the conference. Please contact any of the track chairs or the conference chair. And we look forward to seeing you in sunny San Antonio, at the Riverwalk and historic Alamo!

Conference Chair
Dr. David G. Vequist IV
Director, Center for Medical Tourism Research
University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, TX 78209 USA
+1 210 805 5825, vequist@uiwtx.edu
“Paradigm Shifts and Disruption -- the Impact of Globalized Healthcare”
1st Annual Medical Tourism Research Conference
Jan. 27th to 29th, 2010
Marriott Courtyard Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
Call for Papers (CFP) – Abstracts Due August 31st, 2009

Track Chairs
Asia/Pacific: Dr. Mary H. Tabacchi (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY)
mht3@cornell.edu, +1 607 255 3458

Europe/Middle East/Africa: Dr. Beth Kangas (Oakland University, Rochester, MI)
bethkangas@gmail.com, +1 313 577 9821

Latin America: Dr. Jose Moreno (University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX)
jfmoreno@uiwtx.edu, +1 210 930 8011

Inbound Medical Tourism (Defined as Medical Tourism back to primarily developed countries from other locations for the purposes of access and/or quality):
Dr. Arlen Meyers (University of Colorado-Denver, Denver, CO)
Arlen.Meyers@ucdenver.edu, +1 303 724 1952

Student track: Nishant Bagadia (London School of Economics, London UK)
nbagadia@gmail.com, +44 07588 364 536

Abstract Submission Guidelines
• Original abstract of 1,000 words or less must be submitted by 31 August 2009
• Abstracts cannot contain diagrams, photographs and/or tables
• Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed
• Abstracts need to be submitted in Microsoft Word (any version ‘97 or newer)
• All type face to be Times New Roman, 12 point font

Abstract Format
• Abstract Title (bold, centered, initial letters capitalized)
• Authors (presenting author bold, centered, initial letters capitalized; phone number, e-mail)
• Abstract Track (designate the track of the paper)
• Institution (italics, centered; affiliation, city, country)
• Keywords (italics, centered, 5 to 10 keywords)
• Abstract text (left aligned, maximum 1,000 words, single line spacing). DO NOT include tables or pictures. Abstracts will not be reviewed if word count exceeds 1,000
• An introductory sentence indicating the purpose of the research, entitled Purpose
• A brief description of methods (if necessary), entitled Methods
• A summary of new data arising from this study, entitled Results
• A conclusion and context statement, entitled Conclusion
• References critical to the abstract – use limited reference detail in APA format, for example (Smith 1999)


Submission Timeline
• An email acknowledgement will be sent to confirm abstract receipt. If you do not receive the acknowledgement within three (3) working days of your submission, please contact the track chair or the conference chair
• Abstracts will be peer reviewed by CMTR members and other medical tourism researchers. Reviewers will be looking for relevance, originality, soundness of methodology, use of valid data/references, and writing competence
• Authors of accepted papers will be notified starting 16 October 2009. Additional details concerning the final papers will be included in the acceptance letter, which will be emailed to the lead author in October 2009
• Final papers will be required by 13 November 2009

Suggested Topic Areas (within the Geographic/Student Tracks)
Genesis & Drivers of Medical Tourism
• Economic, regional, political, social, cultural and cross-cultural issues
• Medical tourism insurance/re-insurance and reimbursement models

Legal & Ethical issues in medical tourism and the globalization of healthcare
• Technological and privacy issues (e.g., confidentiality and security)
• Economic and social impact on countries, industries, and jobs
• Adequacy of quality of care at medical tourism facilities
• Care and responsibility (e.g., international malpractice and risk management)

Assessments or evaluations of medical tourism practices (including accreditation)
• Independent provider credentialing and qualification
• Best practices from US hospitals offering international health options
• Continuing educational programs to build the next generation of providers

Operational issues in delivering globalized healthcare
• Emerging delivery models: healthcare hotels and spas
• New job roles and titles (e.g., international medical director or care coordinator)
• Continuum of care issues when patients return to their home country
• Interoperability of information systems and EHR/EMR issues around the world
• Building continuity of care models pretreatment, treatment and post treatment
• International telehealth and telemedicine models
Marketing & Consumer Behavior
• Country/location branding in medical tourism
• Consumer choice and medical tourism
• Stakeholder perceptions and attitudes toward medical tourism


Conference Registration
For all papers accepted for presentation - at least one author must register and present at the conference. Registration fees (due 16 October 2009) for the conference will be as follows:
• Academic/Professional: $499 registration (due 13 November 2009)
• Students: $250 registration (due 13 November 2009)
Hotel Rooms
Rooms will be available at a discounted rate in the newly built (finished in July 2009) Marriott Courtyard Riverwalk Hotel right on the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk. Please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/satcr-courtyard-san-antonio-riverwalk/ or call +1 210 223 8888 to reserve rooms. Make sure to mention the Medical Tourism Research conference to receive the special conference room rate.
Paper Publication
All papers accepted for presentation will be considered for an invitation-only issue of the Journal of Medical Tourism Research (JMTR), the first academic peer-reviewed journal focused on medical tourism research.
Audio Visual and Other Presentation Requirements
PowerPoint data projection with single screens will be the only projection method available in all session rooms.
Disclosure / Conflict of Interest / Consent
Authors will be required to disclose any conflict of interest including affiliations with sponsoring companies within the body of their abstract. Disclosures will be included in the conference abstract publication. Publication consent from co-authors prior to submission is required. The presenting author is responsible for this information.

Venue

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/satcr-courtyard-san-antonio-riverwalk/ or call +1 210 223 8888 to reserve rooms
San Antonio
Texas
United States
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