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Welcome to the 2020 PDC Summit Call for Abstracts Submission Center!


Deadline: June 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT.; submissions will not be accepted after this date.
Guidelines & Checklist can be downloaded here.

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The International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit) is the premiere event for health care and hospital facility senior leadership. No other conference brings health care planning, design, and construction decision-makers together like the PDC Summit.


The PDC Summit was developed by American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE), the American Hospital Association, and supporting organizations including the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA/AAH), American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), and International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS)


2020 Conference Theme: THE FUTURE IS NOW

The concept of the PDC is to bring those involved in designing, building and operating the health care physical environment together to identify common goals and plan for the future of health care. Consider the rapid pace of change in health care — including technological advancements, an increasing focus on community health, and regulatory and financial pressures. Only by working together and sharing best practices can we prepare ourselves and our organizations for success in the future.


Each year, nearly 300 abstracts are submitted for consideration with only 70 spots for sessions available. The abstract selection committee is looking for abstracts that include the specific concepts throughout, regardless of topic or track. If you are submitting an abstract, be sure to include the following concepts:

  • Owner perspectives
  • Improving Quality
  • Innovation
  • Technological Advances
  • Security/Cybersecurity/Resiliency
  • Sustainability


In addition, the abstract selection committee will give preference to abstracts that:

  • Are thought-provoking and demonstrate forward thinking for the health care field.
  • Address multiple concepts within the Topic Areas below.
  • Include speaking teams that include a variety of perspectives. Stand-out session proposals will include speakers that are designers (e.g., architect or engineer), builders (e.g., contractor or subcontractor), operators (e.g., Facility Managers, Owners) and users (e.g., Nurses, Doctors or Patients) of the space.
  • Bridge the gap between where we are today and the envisioned future — showing attendees how we can work together to provide value to our organizations for years to come.

The PDC conference planners have also identified the following topic areas* to align with this conference. Be sure that your session description includes a clear tie to one of these topic areas to give your session the best chance for selection. Although not necessary, your session may cover multiple topics.

  • Clinical Perspectives in Design & Construction
  • Collaborative Construction Methodologies
  • Improving the Human Experience
  • Site of Care
  • Solutions for Mitigating Risks
  • Regulation and Compliance

*more details on these topic areas of alignment can be found in the Guidelines & Checklist.

Session focus levels that address a session's learning & teaching level, have also been identified, please be sure that your submission clearly ties to one of these to help ensure that attendee needs and expectations are being met

  • Foundational = Fundamental concepts you need to know today – especially for those new to the field.
  • Technical = In-depth information, step-by-step “how to" presentations, and technical information you need today.
  • Strategic = Forward-looking, strategic discussions of the future. These can be considered forward-thinking “master’s level” sessions.


Important dates & information

  • All abstracts must be submitted using the online system no later than June 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
  • Notifications on selection status will be e-mailed out in mid-September 2019
  • Please notify anyone you list as a co-speaker in their involvement of this submission before entering their name!
  • You may create and submit multiple abstract submissions.

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