Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 15th International Conference on Communication, Medicine, and Ethics (COMET), hosted by the Department of Communication Studies and the International Center for Intercultural Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA from June 26-28, 2017.

The COMET conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds involving various healthcare specialties and the human and social sciences. A special emphasis is on the dissemination of ongoing research in language/ discourse/ communication studies in relation to healthcare education, patient participation and professional ethics.

The submission for proposals opened on November 15, 2016.  Review of proposal submissions begins on February 20, 2017.  Get your proposals in now for early consideration and to guarantee your spot in the COMET program.  If programming slots are still available after the initial round of review, we will continue considering submissions through March 20, 2017.

Overall Theme and Areas
The overall theme of the conference is “translating research into practice.”  We invite proposals in the following areas:

•    Client-Professional Encounters (involving doctors, counsellors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, speech and language therapists, psychotherapists, etc.)
•    Communicating Risk and Uncertainty
•    Communication Skills Training
•    Distributed Expertise among Professionals and Clients
•    Ethics and Communication
•    Evidence in Diagnosis and Non-Diagnosis
•    Health and Disability
•    Health, Wellbeing and the Lifespan
•    Health Literacy
•    Interpreter Mediated Healthcare Delivery
•    Interprofessional Communication and Hospital Management Systems
•    Media and Health Communication
•    Medical Education
•    Narratives of Illness Experience
•    Public Understanding of Health and Illness
•    Quality of Life and Quality of Care
•    Representation of the Body
•    Research Ethics
•    Health Technologies and Medical Informatics
•    (Shared) Decision Making
•    Tailoring Health Messages
•    Telemedicine
•    Values and Responsibilities in Professional Practice

Submission Guidelines

  • The complete guide for proposals may be downloaded HERE.
  • Proposals should follow the proposal template.  The template for the proposals may be downloaded HERE.
  • Proposals must be submitted via email to .
  • Proposal submission deadline: COMET 2017 will begin reviewing the proposals as early as February 20, 2017. However, we will continue to consider submissions through March 20, 2017
  • Proposals include panels, roundtables, and individual presentations (oral or poster). For all submissions, please clearly indicate:
    • Abstract title, author names, and full institutional affiliations of the responsible (presenting) author and collaborating authors
    • Contact e-mail address and phone number for the responsible author.
    • Up to three relevant areas pertaining to the conference theme (feel free to indicate any applicable areas not listed above, too)