Awards & Masterships FAQs


1. How do I nominate someone for Mastership or an award?
Please see Responsibilities of the Nominator.

2. Can chapter awardees be nominated for national awards?
Yes. Chapter awardees usually make good nominees for national awards.

3. Who is eligible to be nominated?
Please see the Awards and Masterships Requirements Table, for eligibility relating to specific awards. In general:

  • All nominees must be living at the time of consideration.
  • The following are not eligible for awards or Masterships*:
    • ACP Officers
    • ACP Regents
    • ACP Governors
    • ACP Awards Committee
    • Current ACP Staff

*Exception: Masterships are awarded to the outgoing ACP President, Chair of the Board of Regents, and Treasurer.

4. Can someone apply directly for Mastership or an award?
No. These honors are conferred by nomination from peers, mentors, and others. One cannot apply or self-nominate.

5. Who can write a supporting letter?
Anyone who knows the nominee may write a supporting letter*.  Letters are often submitted by:

  • Members of the Chapter Awards Committee
  • Chapter Governor
  • Colleagues
  • Patients
  • Former or current trainees (some awards require letters from this group)

Chapter Governors are offered the opportunity to comment on nominees from their Chapter. These comments are reviewed by the Awards Committee.

*ACP staff may not nominate nor write supporting letters.

6. What happens if a person is not selected?
A nomination is usually considered for a total of three years.

  • The original package of letters is reviewed for the second and third years.
  • The Nominator is encouraged to arrange for the following materials*:
    • Up to two new supporting letters each subsequent year
    • An updated CV for each successive year

The Nominator will receive feedback on their nomination and instructions for submitting additional measures.

*Additional materials are not required but may enhance the nomination.

7. Who is responsible for the awards and Mastership process?
The awards and Masterships process is under the jurisdiction of the ACP Awards Committee and the ACP Mastership Committee, which report directly to the Board of Regents. Implementation is handled by staff in the Membership Division at ACP Headquarters.

8. Who are the recipients of awards and Masterships over the course of ACP's history?
The complete lists of all Masters and awardees may be viewed on ACP Online.

9. Who do I contact for questions and concerns?
Awards and Mastership Committees Staff Liaison
800-523-1546 ext. 2714

Please do not contact the Awards Committee Chair nor the Mastership Committee Chair directly, either with materials or with inquiries.

10. How do I find out who nominated/supported me?
The process is confidential, and no details can be given to a nominee about supporters. Anyone wishing to contact their own supporters can prepare a memo or general letter, which will be forwarded to the supporters by ACP staff.


1. What are the qualifications for Mastership?

  • Are current ACP Fellows
  • Are highly accomplished, distinguished by their integrity and the significance of their contributions to medicine and advancing patient care
  • Are presently or have previously been active in ACP at the chapter, national, or international level over a sustained period of time

2. What does receiving Mastership entail?

  • New Masters are inducted at the Convocation ceremony following their selection
  • They receive a special "Master" academic hood during the ceremony.
  • New Masters may use the initials MACP after their name in connection with their professional activities for as long as their membership remains current
  • New Masters are considered role models and are encouraged to continue active involvement in the College, especially in their chapter


1. What are the qualifications for awards?
Please see the Awards and Masterships Requirements and Conditions for Eligibility Table.

2. What does receiving an award entail?

  • Most* new awardees participate in the Convocation ceremony at the Annual Meeting following their selection
  • They receive an engraved plaque or a similar item during the ceremony
  • Most awards also bestow a small honorarium plus reimbursement of travel expenses. In the case of a team or organization receiving an award, the College may only bestow one small honorarium and reimburse the travel expenses of one person.
  • Unless otherwise noted, there may only be one recipient per award.
  • If an award triggers automatic Mastership, the awardee will receive the compensation associated with the award, not Mastership.

Contact the Awards and Mastership Committees Staff Liaison at for more details about specific awards.