RTi3 2020 - Call for Abstracts!

Abstract submissions for RTi3 2020 are OPEN! Deadline for submission is January 20, 2020, 11:59 pm EST.

RTi3 Abstract Submission Form

Corresponding authors will be notified of the status of their abstract by email before March 6, 2020.

Undergraduate students wishing to submit an abstract should review the special instructions below.

Presenters wishing to submit a proposal for a workshop should review the special instructions below.

All abstracts will undergo a double blind peer-review. Regular abstracts for research, quality improvement projects, practice innovations broadly related to radiation therapy are welcomed in this Call for Abstracts. The primary audience at RTi3 is Radiation Therapy, however, abstracts from other Medical Radiation Technologists or allied health professionals are welcomed provided they relate to oncology or cancer care. Topics in radiation therapy may include (but are not limited to) radiotherapy techniques, dosimetry, clinical outcomes, clinical services, patient care, quality and safety, education and other administrative/professional issues. To aid in the peer-review process you will be required to categorize the abstract as follows:

  • Treatment Delivery
  • Treatment Planning
  • Patient Outcomes and Toxicities
  • Supportive Care
  • Education
  • Quality and Safety
  • Other

Two types of abstracts will be included in the conference program: Research and Practice Innovation/Initiative. Research abstracts are those that report prospective and retrospective studies using more formal scientific approaches. They often describe a systematic investigation designed to answer a question, and/or test a hypothesis with valid conclusions that are supported by the results. Practice Innovation/Initiative describe the development of novel advancements and process or quality improvement projects that have the potential to impact our daily practice, our profession and our patients. They often describe work that does not follow typical research methods. View examples of the different abstract types online. You will be required to conform the abstract into the following headings:


  • Purpose                      
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion                        

Practice Innovation/Initiative

  • Aim
  • Process
  • Benefits/Challenges
  • Impact/Outcomes

Abstracts should be a maximum of 3000 characters without spaces (approximately 500 words), excluding the title. It should contain text only, as tables and figures are not permitted. Do not reference any names, institutions, or published studies in the body of abstract. Please ensure that you have the following information before beginning the submission process as incomplete submissions will not be accepted:

  • Information for the submitting/presenting author (First and Last Name, Name of Institution[s]/Affiliation[s], Email, Telephone, Position in Institution*, Credentials Held*) *Required to apply for MDCB continuing education credits for the 2020 RTi3 program.
  • Information for all authors (First and Last Names, Name of Institution[s]), and order of authors for publication
  • The following format is how the author information should be prepared:

Ann Brown(1,2), John Smith(1,3), Carol Green(2)

  1. University of Toronto
  2. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  3. Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Authors must be listed in the order you wish them published on printed conference materials, and including publication within the JMIRS. Changes will not be permitted after submission.

By submitting, the author understands they will be expected to register for the conference if the abstract is accepted for oral/poster presentation.

All correspondence will be addressed to the submitting/presenting author.

To submit your abstract, please fill in the RTi3 Abstract Submission form online.

Student RTi3 Abstract Instructions

Undergraduate medical radiation sciences students conducting clinical research as part of their studies are encouraged to submit abstracts. You will be able to identify the abstract as a student submission during the online process. All student abstracts undergo a double blind peer-review. The top rated abstracts will be highlighted in a special oral or poster discussion session at the conference, which the student will be required to attend.

Student submissions will remain open until January 20, 2020, 11:59 pm EST. Students who do not yet have study data collected by the submission deadline should enter “Results Pending” under the Results subheading and leave the Conclusion subheading blank. There will be an opportunity prior to the conference to include the missing subheading text. Student abstracts will published online in a supplementary JMIRS issue following the conference.

Note that students with completed research projects have the option of submitting complete abstracts in the regular stream by not identifying themselves as students during submission. These will be treated as regular submissions, will not be included in the special student stream and are subject to the instructions and deadlines outlined above for regular abstracts.

To submit your abstract, please fill in the RTi3 Abstract Submission form online.

RTi3 Workshops

Two to three workshops will run during the RTi3 program. A workshop is typically considered to be an interactive small group session with a focus on practical issues (maximum 40 participants). Any format can be considered (e.g. panels, debates etc.) but there should be an interactive component. These sessions will be 60 minutes in length, and an example structure is as follows: theory (20 min), practical (20 min), review/discussion (20 min).

If you are interested in developing and presenting one of these sessions, email your submission to rti3@utoronto.ca no later than January 20, 2020. The submission should include three components:

  1. Names and Affiliations of the presenters
  2. A short description (6-8 sentences) of the topic as well as the organization and method of presentation.
  3. A list of 2-3 learning objectives (maximum 50 words each) as it would appear in the conference program. (e.g. At the end of this session the learner will: 1… 2… 3…)