What is Congress?

Congress is the CPA’s signature event delivering premier research, education, business, and networking opportunities. The event attracts physiotherapists, clinic owners, suppliers, and students.

What we look for in a proposal

Engagement and experience are an approach to adult learning that is proven to maximize learning. When submitting your abstract, be sure to select the presentation format that best enables your experience and provides engagement with your audience. Our audience loves peer-to-peer learning, knowing what’s next, being given opportunities to apply their knowledge, and acquiring tangible benefits that can be applied towards professional development, business and relationship building.

Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Online Submission Portal OpensNow
Completed Abstract proposals due/Portal Closes (11:59 ET)November 4, 2022
Abstract Proposal Review ProcessNovember 7, 2022 – December 16, 2022
Decision NotificationsUPDATED: February 2023
Speaker Acceptance and Agreement DeadlineUPDATED: March 15, 2023
Speaker Bios and Headshots DeadlineMarch 15, 2023
PowerPoint Presentations DueJune 9, 2023
Speaker Registration DeadlineMarch 15, 2023
Accommodation Booking DeadlineMay 21, 2023

Abstract Formats

The CPA designs education for the person, profession, as well as the practice of physiotherapy, and offers traditional and alternative presentation formats in order to ensure a diverse and interesting learning experience so that content can be accessed before, during, and after Congress. 

Please note: Podium and Poster Presentations are considered to be of equal standing and judged by the same criteria. Where abstracts requesting a Podium Presentation have passed the review process and there isn’t room for them, presenters will be offered a Poster Presentation, where there is more space and plenty of opportunity to interact with delegates.

Abstract Streams (Topics)

All abstracts must address one of the Congress topics for inclusion in the program. When submitting an abstract, please select the topic that your abstract applies to from the list below:

Submission Guidelines and Requirements

The following is general information for abstract submissions. 

Submission Process & Requirements

The online abstract submission system is a simple step-by-step process and will ask you to input the following details:

Notification of Acceptance

UPDATED: Notification will be sent to the main presenter by February 2023.

When notified of acceptance, the main presenter is required to accept their offer via return email by March 15, 2023. All presenters must register for Congress 2023 by March 15, 2023.

Common Reasons for Rejections

Abstracts did not conform to the specific instructions, abstract submission received after the deadline, abstract was presented in a disorganized fashion.