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Direct Election to Fellowship

For applicants who are not currently ACP Members

Direct Fellowship is a singular honor conferred on fewer than five percent of Fellowship applicants and available for select situations. Qualifications nearly always include status as an academician or researcher with a national or international reputation, extensive publications, and an outstanding career.

Physicians certified in internal medicine who are not currently ACP Members may be eligible for direct election to Fellowship if they meet the qualifications noted above.

Basic Requirements for Direct Fellowship:

  • 10-years experience post-graduation from medical school
  • Certification in internal medicine or neurology
  • Not currently an ACP Member
  • Demonstrated substantial professional activity in internal medicine, a combined internal medicine specialty, a subspecialty of internal medicine or neurology
  • Medical license in good-standing if in clinical practice
  • Continued professional development and scholarly activities, including continuing medical education as a student or teacher
  • Teaching, either institutional or community-based, hospital committee work, and/or volunteer and community service, especially in the provision of medical care

Additional Qualifications of Excellence

In addition to meeting the basic requirements noted above, to be eligible for Direct Fellowship, applicants must meet the following additional qualifications:

  • Academic rank of Professor or Associate Professor
  • Substantial published scientific contributions to prominent peer-reviewed journals
  • Extraordinary scholarly achievement and professional excellence in areas such as teaching, medical education, and scientific presentations at the national or international level.
  • Significant involvement in a hospital or appropriate medical institution or in clinical/scientific research

Application Process for Direct Fellowship

Non-members of ACP, who appears to meet both the basic and the substantial additional qualifications for Direct Fellowship, may apply as follows:

  • Ask two current ACP Fellows or Masters to complete a sponsor form or provide a detailed sponsoring letter of support with reference to your character, ethics and medical activities.
  • Submit the required application form and an up-to-date copy of your current curriculum vitae detailing your qualifications for this honor along with your payment of dues and the one time Fellowship application fee.
  • Optional - along with the above noted materials, include a personal statement providing your reasons for wanting to become an ACP Fellow and information not found on your application or curriculum vitae.
  • If you have questions, please email the ACP credentials staff at