We are looking forward to welcoming you to Calgary for Preventing Overdiagnosis 2022

The Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference will be held at the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) located at the University of Calgary Foothills Campus at 3330 Hospital Drive NW.

You can get to Health Sciences Centre on foot from International House (169 University Gate NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8) in about a 20 minutes (1.5 KM). Find the route here.

If you prefer Taxi or Uber the trip is about 5-10 minutes. You can call a taxi or use your Uber app.Local taxi companies:

• Calgary City Cabs at (403) 605-9999
• Checker Cabs at (403) 299-9999
• Calgary Cabs at (403) 777-1111

Public Transport

You will find transport details at Calgary Transit including a trip planner, timelines and route maps. Adult single-ticket cost $3.60 (one-time use, valid for 90 min). When using the bus, you can pay with a single ticket (purchase in advance using the My Fare App) or cash by depositing into the farebox on the bus. If you need a transfer, just ask the driver.

Directions to the closest bus stop:

• Turn left on University gate NW and walk to 24 AV NW , it is 4 streets further.

• Turn right and walk to stop WB 24 AV NW @ Upper PL (stop 5409), it is on the right, it is after the next street.

• Catch bus route 90 (direction East), ride for about 7 minutes and get off at bus stop 9903 – Hospital Dr at Health Science Centre

• Walk to destination for 4 min.

This 4 day conference is a forum for researchers, clinicians, policy makers, patients and the public to explore the issue of overdiagnosis – how patients can be harmed and resources wasted by diagnoses that turn people into patients unnecessarily, and strategies to mitigate the consequences. Examples of overdiagnosis include the detection of cancers not destined to progress, expanding the boundaries of diagnoses without evidence of improved outcomes, or medicalizing ordinary life experiences.

A major goal of the conference is to establish and advance the research agenda in overdiagnosis. PODC provides a venue for investigators at all stages of their careers to learn about the latest advances in preventing overdiagnosis, and discussing how they can be best applied to patients in and outside of the clinical setting with some of the world leaders on the topic.

Registration Options
Preventing Overdiagnosis £445
Medical and Health Science Students (includes PhD) £165
Patient/Consumer, Retired and Charity Groups £165
Residents of Low to Middle Income Countries £165
Virtual Attendance £165 – Full access to conference app and live streamed plenary and keynote talks
Virtual Attendance Concession Rate (Students, Patients/consumers, Retired, LMIC) £95
In Person Day Rate £145

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 21.75 Mainpro+ credits.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 21.75 hours (credits are automatically calculated).


Members of the American Academy of Family Physicians are eligible to receive up to 21.75 Prescribed credit hours for attendance at this meeting/event due to a reciprocal agreement with the College of Family Physicians of Canada

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme.

Copenhagen Statement

The following statement was adopted by the participants at the end of the 6th Annual Conference held in Copenhagen on August 20– 22 2018.

On behalf of the Preventing Overdiagnosis Board, Scientific Committee and Local Organising Committee we want to thank you for attending the 6th Annual Conference held in Copenhagen on August 20– 22 2018.

The following statement was adopted by the participants at the end of the conference:

This conference regrets the fact that the draft Astana Declaration on Primary Health Care 2018 (From Alma-Ata towards Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals) makes no reference to the public health and clinical challenges of overdiagnosis and overtreatment. These challenges include direct harms to patients and citizens, misallocation of resources, and, over the longer term, they threaten the sustainability of universal healthcare systems and so undermine global health. Sustainable health systems must explicitly manage the twin problems of underuse and overuse.

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