ACP National Abstract Competitions

2017 Poster Competition

Medical Students, Resident/Fellows, and Early Career Physicians who are ACP members are eligible to participate in the National Abstract Competitions.

Log in to the Abstracts Portal to enter the 2024 ACP National Abstract Competitions.

The deadline to submit an abstract to the competitions has been extended to Monday, December 4, 2023 11:59 PM ET.

Abstracts Portal

You will need your ACP username and password to submit an abstract.

Abstract Categories

Basic Research

To improve human health, scientific discoveries must be translated into practical applications. Such discoveries typically begin at the bench with basic research—in which scientists study disease at a molecular or cellular level.

Clinical Research

Patient-oriented research. Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes: mechanisms of human disease; therapeutic interventions; clinical trials; development of new technologies; analysis of existing datasets; epidemiologic and behavioral studies; outcomes research and health services research.

Quality Improvement-Patient Safety

Submissions can report on efforts to improve patient safety or outcomes measurement. Such efforts may be projects developed and initiated to promote patient safety and/or processes that have improved or created a safer environment for patients. Abstracts may also be submitted that relate to the use of outcome data, how to measure and convert data into information.

High Value Care

Projects that focus on: reducing waste in the system (unnecessary testing and treatment or inappropriate setting for care), minimizing harms (radiation exposure, medication side effects), or improving patient care through communication (incorporating patient values and concerns into care plans).

Physician Well-being and Professional Fulfillment

A project or initiative focused on improving physician well-being and/or the practice/training environment. Projects may focus on improving practice culture; creating more positive learning environments; addressing mental health and stigma; reducing burdens that contribute to burnout, etc. Submission should demonstrate a measurable impact on physicians within your practice, chapter, program, or health system.

Clinical Vignette

A clinical vignette is a report of one or more cases that illustrates a new disease entity, or a prominent or unusual clinical feature of an established disease. It may include a summary of pertinent patient history, physical findings, laboratory data, or management description.

The CARE statement provides useful guidance for preparing case reports.

CARE Case Report Guidelines
The CARE guidelines were developed by an international group of experts to increase the accuracy, transparency, and usefulness of case reports. For additional information, please visit

National Competition Timeline

Key Activity

Date/Time Period

Abstracts Portal Opens

October 2, 2023

Deadline for all Submissions/Categories

Deadline extension to Monday, December 4, 2023, 11:59 PM ET.

Abstract Review Period

December 2023 - January 2024

Results Notifications

On or before February 5, 2024

ACP Oral Presentations and Poster Competitions Judging

April 18 – 20, 2024



  • First authors must be ACP Medical Student, Resident/Fellow, or Early Career Physician members in good standing.
  • If you are not an ACP member, you can join online. Please note, ACP membership applications can take up to 24 hours to process before your membership is active.
  • The top scoring abstracts in any category must be prepared to give a podium presentation or to compete in a poster competition at the Internal Medicine Meeting 2024 in Boston, MA.
  • Finalists in the Poster Division must set up their posters in Boston, MA, and be on site for the poster judging session.
  • Only first authors who are Medical Student, Resident/Fellow, or Early Career members of ACP will receive complimentary meeting registration.
  • If you cannot attend, you must forfeit your presentation.


  • Original abstracts that either have or have not been presented at other meetings including ACP Chapters/Regions will be considered.
  • Abstracts previously submitted to the National Meeting are not eligible and are subject to disqualification.
  • Presentation of original work at the ACP meeting may, however, jeopardize presentation before another society.
  • Abstracts are eligible if they have been published; however, abstracts based upon full papers that have been published are not eligible.

View Abstracts Submitted to Past Competitions

View the complete list of podium presenters and poster finalists from past Internal Medicine Meetings.

2023 - San Diego, CA

2022 – Chicago, IL

2021 – Virtual Experience

2020 – Virtual Experience

2019 – Philadelphia, PA

2018 – New Orleans, LA