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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.

The ACP will begin accepting submissions for the 2021 National Competitions in early October. Please check back for additional details.

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).

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.



  • 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.
  • 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 2020 in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Finalists in the Poster Division must set up their posters in Los Angeles, CA, 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.

2020 Virtual Presentations for Winning Abstracts

ACP is pleased to provide a virtual presentation opportunity for all winning abstracts originally selected for an oral Podium Presentation at the now-canceled Internal Medicine Meeting 2020. View the winning presentations:

2020 Virtual ePoster Competition

ACP hosted virtual ePoster Competitions for all abstracts originally selected for the poster competition at the now-canceled Internal Medicine Meeting 2020. The College is pleased to announce winners for the following competitions:

Local Abstract Competitions

The purpose of publishing these abstract books are to highlight the Residents and Medical Students' research and offer an platform for presenting their work in a formal setting before peers, faculty, researchers and educators.

For information on local abstract competitions, please visit your Chapter Web site, or contact your ACP Governor.