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MKSAP
MKSAP has been trusted by internists since 1967 as the best resource for updating knowledge and preparing for ABIM Board exams.
  • Description:
    • Serve as an outside reviewer of unedited, first-draft MKSAP 19 text manuscripts in either general internal medicine or one of the subspecialties.
    • Reviewers do not directly edit the content, but comments are considered within the context of the entire content development process.
    • Reviewers receive a letter confirming their participation in this activity as well as credit in the front matter of the section they review.
  • Estimated Time Commitment: Reviewers have 3 to 4 weeks to complete the review, and each review requires about 2 hours of reading and adding constructive, focused comments.
  • Qualifications: Post-training internal medicine specialist or subspecialist.
  • Description:
    • Review unedited, first-draft MKSAP 19 syllabus manuscripts with a focus on ensuring relevance of MKSAP to the practice of Hospital Medicine. 
    • Identify any gaps in hospitalist-focused topics.
    • Reviewers do not directly edit the content, but comments are considered within the context of the entire content development process.
    • Reviewers receive a letter confirming their participation in this activity as well as credit in the front matter of the section they review.
  • Estimated Time Commitment: Reviewers will have 3 to 4 weeks to complete the review, and each review requires about 2 hours of reading and adding constructive, focused comments.
  • Qualifications: Post-training internal medicine physician practicing Hospital Medicine.
  • Description:
    • Serve as an outside reviewer of MKSAP 18 Extension Questions.
    • Review 10-15 multiple-choice questions in the following internal medicine subspecialties: Cardiovascular Medicine, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Hematology/Oncology, Neurology, Rheumatology, Dermatology, General Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Infectious Disease, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Endocrinology.
    • Reviewers do not directly edit the content, but comments are considered within the context of the entire content development process.
    • Reviewers receive a letter confirming their participation in this activity as well as credit in the front matter of the section they review.
  • Estimated Time Commitment:  Reviewers will have approximately 2 weeks to complete the review, and each review requires 1-2 hours of reading and adding constructive, focused comments.
  • Qualifications: Post-training internal medicine subspecialist in the subspecialty to be reviewed.
  • Description:
    • Serve as an outside reviewer of various MKSAP components or other Assessment products, such as MKSAP, Virtual Dx, Board Basics, or MKSAP Booster Question Packs in either general internal medicine or one of the subspecialties.
    • Reviewers do not directly edit the content, but comments are considered within the context of the entire content development process.
    • Reviewers receive a letter confirming their participation in this activity as well as credit in the front matter of the section they review.
  • Estimated Time Commitment: The time allotted for review would depend on the project, but would likely range from 2 to 4 weeks to complete the task, which would require 1 to 2 hours of content review.
  • Qualifications: Post-training internal medicine specialist or subspecialist.

These projects will be assigned as needed, on an occasional basis.

ACP Leadership Academy

As part of the ACP Leadership Academy, the American College of Physicians and the American Association for Physician Leadership jointly offer a Certificate in Physician Leadership program with tracks in Hospital Medicine and Primary Care.

The program includes core courses in communication, influence, and quality, and each is accompanied by a one-week online discussion led by volunteer expert Discussion Leaders. In addition, each participant completes a final (capstone) project that involves the application of leadership skills. Participants develop a project proposal with the assistance of a local advisor that is subsequently reviewed by an independent expert Proposal Reviewer who provides feedback and advice for refining the capstone project.  Approved capstone projects are completed over 8-12 months, and are then presented via webinar to a Capstone Review Board consisting of independent experts who evaluate the quality and adequacy of the project for fulfilling the requirements of the program.

Volunteers are needed for the following roles:

  • Description:
    • Reviews one of three general courses developed by the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) and applies content to either Hospital Medicine or Primary Care in order to lead a week-long discussion group in an online forum platform. Topics include Communication, Influence, or Quality.
    • Posts questions for participant response and facilitates group discussion.
    • Volunteers will be provided with documentation of successful completion of the activity for academic, scholarly, promotion, or credentialing purposes (upon request).
  • Estimated Time Commitment: Discussion leaders are assigned for one year, leading discussions for both the July cohort and the January cohort. Discussion leaders have several months to review the content and develop a discussion guide before leading a week-long online forum. The week-long discussion requires an estimated 7-10 hours of participation, twice per academic year.
  • Qualifications: Post-training internal medicine physician with teaching experience and specific knowledge/skills in webinar topic.
  • Description:
    • Reviews a participant's capstone project proposal which outlines the project's general description, objectives, expected outcomes, methodology and time line.
    • Provides feedback on the project, including suggestions for improvement.
    • Reviews the revised proposal and approves it as satisfactory for moving forward.
    • Volunteers will be provided with documentation of successful completion of the activity for academic, scholarly, promotion, or credentialing purposes (upon request).
  • Estimated Time Commitment: Reviewers are assigned for one year and review 3-4 proposals in February/March and again in August/September. Reviewers receive 2-3 weeks to complete the review. Each review takes 30-45 minutes to complete.
  • Qualifications: Post-training internal medicine physician with academic review and teaching experience.
  • Description:
    • Serves as one of three members of a participant's Capstone Review Board (CRB)
    • CRB members review the final capstone project; participate via webinar in the capstone presentation by posing questions and offering critique; evaluate/score the project; and approve it as complete.
    • Volunteers will be provided with documentation of successful completion of the activity for academic, scholarly, promotion, or credentialing purposes (upon request).
  • Estimated Time Commitment: CRB members are assigned for one year and review one project in December/January and another in June/July. CRB members receive 4-6 weeks to review each project, and then must attend the final 1-hour capstone presentation via webinar.
  • Qualifications: Post-training internal medicine physician with teaching and established leadership experience.
Doctor's Dilemma ®

The annual ACP Doctor's Dilemma® Competition is a hallmark program for the College. Held each year at the annual Internal Medicine Meeting, it brings together some of the brightest residents from around the world in a friendly but highly competitive environment. The competition tests the medical knowledge of up to 60 teams, each representing an ACP chapter. After three days of competition, the winning team is awarded the coveted “Osler Cup” and is granted a place in ACP history.

To participate in the competition, a team must be nominated by its local ACP chapter. All team members must be active ACP Resident/Fellow Members. Volunteers are needed to develop and review questions to be used in the national competition:

  • Description:
    • Writes questions across the knowledge categories of internal medicine appropriate for the national Doctor’s Dilemma competition
    • Ensures questions are succinct and clear, with only one correct answer
    • Serves as part of a team developing questions, writing individually and subject to review/editing by the team lead and others
    • Volunteers will be provided with documentation of successful completion of the activity for academic, scholarly, promotion, or credentialing purposes (upon request).
  • Estimated Time Commitment: Question writers engage in four rounds of question writing, and are responsible for writing four questions within 3-4 weeks for each round.
  • Qualifications:
    • A minimum of two years post training
    • Commitment to serve two years as a question writer
    • Willingness to collaborate and communicate timely and effectively with team members and leaders
    • Ability to be concise in writing with strong grammar skills
    • Academic/teaching experience preferred
  • Description:
    • Volunteers will be provided with documentation of successful completion of the activity for academic, scholarly, promotion, or credentialing purposes (upon request).
    • As necessary, edits questions to ensure accuracy and suitability for competition.
    • Ensures questions are succinct and accurate, with only one clear acceptable answer
    • Reviews questions generated by the Doctor’s Dilemma Question Development Committee
  • Estimated Time Commitment: Reviewers are assigned for two years and review approximately 50 short questions over a six week period, between September-November.
  • Qualifications: Post-training internal medicine physician with academic review and teaching experience. Physicians with subspecialty expertise are encouraged to apply.
ACP Member Forums
The ACP Member Forums provide members with an online community to interact with colleagues who have similar interests and career goals.
  • Description:
    • Serves as one of the official moderators for an ACP Member Forum.
    • Posts topics or questions for member response.
    • Facilitates group discussions.
    • Works with ACP staff to increase participation and engagement.
    • Volunteers will be provided with documentation of successful completion of the activity for academic, scholarly, promotion, or credentialing purposes (upon request).
  • Estimated Time Commitment: Varies by topic and forum, but facilitators are expected to make weekly contributions by either posting new content or participating in ongoing discussions.
  • Qualifications: ACP member with interest or expertise in Member Forum topic area.