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Requirements for Advancing to Fellowship

All applicants must meet the basic eligibility requirements for Fellowship. These include:

  • Being an ACP member (Resident/Fellow Member or Member) in good standing for two years since completion of residency training
  • Dues for the current membership year must be fully paid prior to the election taking place. Check dues status
  • Certification in internal medicine or neurology
  • Professional activity in internal medicine, a combined internal medicine specialty, the subspecialties of internal medicine, or neurology
  • Experience in practice or in an academic position for two years since the completion of residency
  • An active medical license in good standing (if in clinical practice)
  • Continuing professional development and scholarly activities, including continuing medical education as a student or teacher
  • Teaching (institutional and community-based), hospital committee work, and/or volunteer and community service, especially in the voluntary provision of medical care

In addition to the basic requirements, candidates for advancement to Fellowship should demonstrate activity within one or several of the following areas of professional accomplishment:

  • Continuing Education
    • Subspecialty certification; recertification; advanced degrees; or MKSAP completion
  • Active ACP Participation
    • Membership for more than five years
    • Attendance at chapter/national meetings; abstract competition judging; MKSAP or exam question review; or committee/council participation
  • Publications
    • Articles; abstracts; book chapters; or online media
  • Leadership
    • Medical director; committee chair; or working group responsible party

Questions about eligibility requirements should be directed to the Credentialing Department at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or can be e-mailed to