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Instructions for Convocation 2016 - For Fellows not previously inducted

Date:Thursday, May 5, 2016
Time: Convocation begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. and lasts until approximately 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Convocation ceremony will be held in
Hall C, Walter E. Washington Convention Center,
Washington, DC.


Registration for Convocation

Complete the Fellowship Inductee Response Form before March 16, 2016. Internal Medicine Meeting 2016 registration is not required in order to participate in the Convocation ceremony. Fellows elected between 2013 and 2015 have already been invited. Fellows elected early in 2016 will receive a separate invitation. If you have already submitted the Fellowship Inductee Response Form, you will receive final confirmation via email approximately one month before the Convocation Ceremony.

Regalia Pick Up

You can obtain your regalia from one of the Herff Jones representatives on Thursday, May 5, 2016, starting at 11:00 a.m. in Hall C, New Fellows Regalia Area, Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

For Fellows bringing their own regalia, please check in with a Herff Jones representative so your attendance is recorded.

All inductees having obtained their proper regalia must be ready to assemble by 5:30 p.m. in the New Fellows and Governors Assembly Area in Hall C. The Assembly Area provides a place where new Fellows and Governors can form groups by ACP chapter, so that chapters can march together in the procession. Governors lead the chapter contingents. Immediately after the Convocation, regalia must be returned to Herff-Jones representatives in Hall C.


Special seats will be reserved in the auditorium for the inductees.


Guests are welcome to attend Convocation and no tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis from 5:00-5:50 p.m. in Hall C and is suspended during the processional. Seating will continue after the processional. Those with young children may prefer to use the childcare services at their hotel or the service available for Internal Medicine Meeting 2016 attendees at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC as the ceremony is quite long for young children.

Special Needs

Any Convocation participants who require special assistance to attend the ceremony should contact Meghann Williams at ACP Headquarters by March 16, 2016, via e-mail at mewilliams@acponline.org.


Appointments can be made at the portrait desk located in the Convention Center concourse in Hall C for Thursday, May 5, 2016 and on Friday, May 6, 2016. We would encourage you to schedule your appointment in advance. The best time to schedule on Thursday, May 5th is between noon and 3:00 p.m. Please note that regalia will be available on-site for sittings on Friday. There are several portrait packages available and prices vary according to the selection.

Convocation DVD

DVDs of Convocation may be purchased after the ceremony, for shipment in the Autumn following Convocation. Order forms will be made available in the New Fellows Regalia Area and are included in the Convocation program.

Candid Photographs

A Lifetouch photography representative will be taking candid photographs of Convocation participants in the hours leading up to the ceremony. Some of these photos will be included on the Convocation DVD and may be used in future ACP promotional materials.

Wall of Fame

New Fellows and their families are invited to visit the Wall of Fame, listing new Fellows inducted at Convocation this year. A terrific photo opportunity! The Wall of Fame is located in East Registration. The Wall of Fame changes every year, so this is the only time these names will appear. Please note that only those who respond by March 16, 2016 will be included on the Wall of Fame.


New Fellows to be inducted must wear an academic doctorís gown, the appropriate cap, and doctoral hood with their own medical school colors.

When you complete the Fellowship Inductee Response Form, you will be directed to the Herff Jones website to order your regalia. Regalia orders must be completed by March 16, 2016.

Bringing Your Own Regalia

You may wear your own academic regalia rather than renting, if preferred. You still need to fill out the Fellowship Inductee Response Form, but you will not need to go to the Herff Jones website. Remember to check in with a Herff Jones representative to ensure that your attendance is recorded.


The cost for rental of regalia and participation in Convocation is included in your Fellowship Initiation Fee. There are no other fees regarding the Convocation ceremony.


Please submit the completed Fellowship Inductee Response Form before March 16, 2016.

Participating in Convocation

Fellows are invited for a period of three years to be formally inducted at Convocation. All Fellows are welcome to be inducted at a future Convocation ceremony upon request and are advised to contact ACP headquarters at least four months prior to the ceremony.

If You Need Hotel Reservations

Donít forget to make your hotel reservations early to guarantee hotel rates and availability. Go to http://im2016.acponline.org/travel-housing/ for more detailed information.

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