Guide to Nomination & Supporting Letters

Nomination Requirements: MACP nominations require 1 letter of nomination and 3 letters of support in addition to a CV and brief biographical sketch. Award nominations require 1 letter of nomination and 2 letters of support in addition to a CV and brief biographical sketch.

Letters should come from the viewpoint and experience of the writer regarding the nominee. They should not simply summarize the curriculum vitae but should detail the individual’s unique and important contributions. Each letter should be unique. Letters and advice should not be solicited from the nominee.

Letters should address the relevant topics, especially in relation to the qualifications for a particular award or MACP (not all of these categories may apply). Qualifying activities are not limited to the examples given.

A model letter can be viewed here.

Current and Past Positions

  • Medical school excellence
  • Residency leadership
  • First positions
  • Original research
  • Presentations at national scientific meetings
  • Current positions

Contributions to ACP

  • Doctor’s Dilemma™ organization, facilitation           
  • Resident/Fellow Member poster contributions
  • Chapter level membership on councils and committees or leadership
  • Awards at the chapter or national level
  • National committee/board activity
  • Leadership Day contributions and advocacy efforts
  • Internal Medicine week contributions
  • MKSAP contributions
  • Advancement of ACP’s Mission and Goals and Core Values
    • Including mentorship and sponsorship, efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion

Research and Scholarly Activities

  • Publishing record, including peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and books
  • Editorial positions held
  • Presentations given nationally and internationally
  • Grants obtained
  • Breakthrough discoveries

Excellence as a Clinician

  • Delivery of care (noted as awards, public accolades, or community reputation)
  • Patient advocacy

Educational and Teaching Service

  • Clinical and/or teaching excellence demonstrated through student/resident/fellow evaluations, lecture skills, honors, teaching awards
  • Career achievements of former students

National and International Service (not ACP)

  • University or medical school committees
  • Offices/positions of honor held in other medical organizations
  • Contributions to national scientific meetings for other medical organizations

Volunteerism and Community Service

  • Free clinics, medical rescue units, or shelter work
  • Offices held in community organizations
  • Disaster relief work
  • Delivery of health care to underserved populations

Other Contributions of Note