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Doctor's Dilemma® Competition Volunteer Job Descriptions

ACP Doctor’s Dilemma® is a medical knowledge-based, multi-round competition where teams of residents, representing local chapters, compete over three days at ACP’s annual Internal Medicine meeting. In each game, teams are presented with internal medicine clues in the form of "answers" and are awarded points for responding with correct "questions."

Master of Ceremonies

The American College of Physicians is seeking one individual to serve as a Master of Ceremonies for the ACP Doctor’s Dilemma Competition that will take place during Internal Medicine 2014 in Orlando, FL, from April 10-12, 2014.

This individual is needed for competitions taking place on Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11. In addition, this individual will be expected to attend one pre-meeting conference call and one onsite training session. Individuals with a direct relationship to a participating team are not eligible for consideration.

Role: The Masters of Ceremonies (MC) functions as the game host and is a highly visible role. At the start of each game, the MC introduces the teams and provides an overview of key competition rules. When gaming begins, the MC reads the "answers" so that competing teams can buzz in with the correct "questions." The MC makes the initial judgment on the correctness of a response. Throughout each game, the MC communicates with staff as needed and defers to the judges whenever the accuracy of a response is in question.

Specific Requirements: Post-residency internal medicine specialist or subspecialist. Must have public speaking experience, excellent listening skills, and the ability to quickly respond to questions effectively. Must be comfortable working under pressure before a highly-charged, energetic, and competitive audience.

The individual serving in this role must have proven leadership skills and be diplomatic, confident, articulate, and passionate about learning.

Judge (Up to 12 positions available)

The American College of Physicians is seeking up to 12 individuals to serve as Judges for each day of the ACP Doctor’s Dilemma Competition that will take place during Internal Medicine 2014 in Orlando, FL, from April 10-12, 2014.

Individuals seeking this opportunity may volunteer to serve during one competition day or for all three days. In addition, these individuals will be expected to attend one pre-meeting conference call and one onsite training session. Individuals with a direct relationship to a participating team are not eligible for consideration.

Role: Judges serve as the authorized arbiters of the competition and work in teams of three. Judges are given the questions in advance of the competition, and confer with one another onsite as needed. The Master of Ceremonies will defer to the judges if the answer given does not exactly match the one on the answer sheet. Teams are told in advance of the meeting, as well as onsite, that the judges’ decision is final.

Specific Requirements: Post-residency internal medicine specialist or subspecialist. Must have a broad knowledge of internal medicine and the ability to make confident, team-based decisions quickly. Must be diplomatic and comfortable working under pressure before a highly-charged, energetic, and competitive audience.

Game Assistant (Up to 6 positions available)

The American College of Physicians is seeking six individuals to serve as Game Assistants for the ACP Doctor’s Dilemma Competition that will take place during Internal Medicine 2014 in Orlando, FL, from April 10-12, 2014.

Individuals seeking this opportunity may volunteer to serve during one competition day or for all three days. In addition, these individuals will be expected to attend one pre-meeting conference call and one onsite training session. Individuals with a direct relationship to a participating team are not eligible for consideration.

Role: The Game Assistant identifies the team that has buzzed in first and keeps time while the team answers the question. During the Final Dilemma of each game, the Game Assistant reviews the wager sheets and communicates with the game technician about the wagered amounts.

Specific Requirements: Volunteers selected for these roles must possess great attention to detail and have a projectable voice. They must be comfortable working under pressure before a highly charged, energetic, and competitive audience.

Greeter (Up to 10 positions available)

The American College of Physicians is seeking ten individuals to serve as Greeters for each day of the ACP Doctor’s Dilemma Competition that will take place during Internal Medicine 2014 in Orlando, FL, from April 10-12, 2014.

Individuals seeking this opportunity may volunteer to serve during one competition day or for all three days. In addition, these individuals will be expected to attend one pre-meeting conference call and one onsite training session.

Role: Greeters provide a warm and friendly welcome to participants and attendees and direct them to the stage or seating area. They also assist with crowd control, answer general questions, and communicate with staff as needed.

Specific Requirements: Volunteers for these roles must be outgoing, personable individuals with some previous knowledge of the ACP Doctor’s Dilemma Competition.

Volunteer Participation Form

To volunteer for the 2014 ACP Doctor's Dilemma Competition on April 10-12 at Internal Medicine 2014 in Orlando, Florida, please visit the Doctor's Dilemma Volunteer Participation Form.

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