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ACP National Abstract Competition FAQs

Do I need to be an ACP member to submit an Abstract?

Yes, all first authors must be ACP Medical Student, Resident/Fellow, or Early Career Physician members in good standing (dues paid) to submit an abstract. Co-authors listed on abstracts need not be ACP members.

How do I check on my ACP membership status?

Contact us at 800-ACP-1915 or 215-351-2600 or e-mail/online at

When is the deadline for submission?

The deadline to submit an abstract for the 2020 National Abstract Competitions varies:

  • Medical Student Clinical Vignette & Research Deadline – Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 11:59 PM EST
  • RFM Clinical Vignette Deadline – Friday, December 4, 2020, 11:59 PM EST
  • RFM Research Deadline – Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 11:59 PM EST
  • Early Career Physician Clinical Vignette & Research Deadline – Monday, December 7, 2020, 11:59 PM EST
*Please note, the Research category also includes abstracts submitted to High Value Care and Quality Improvement/Patient Safety

What is the word limit for submitting abstracts?

The document blocks for the abstract text will accept approximately 500 words. Please note, the word limit DOES NOT include the title, authors, or reference blocks.

Can I include images with my abstract?

No, the electronic abstract system will only accept text; therefore, images are not permitted.

How many abstracts can I submit?

Medical Students and Resident/Fellows can submit up to a total of six abstracts; two abstracts to the Clinical Vignette Competition and one abstract to each of the Research Competitions: Basic Research, Clinical Research, and Quality Improvement-Patient Safety, and High Value Care.

Early Career Physicians can submit one abstract per category: Clinical Research, High Value Care, Quality Improvement/Patient Safety, and Clinical Vignette.

What do I do if I'm having trouble logging into the Abstract Portal?

You can reset your password here or call us at 800-ACP-1915 or 215-351-2600 or email/online at

What if I forgot my username and/or password?

Will I be notified that my abstract has been submitted successfully?

Yes, you will receive an e-mail notification that your abstract has been submitted successfully.

Can I make changes/corrections to my submitted abstract?

Yes, you can modify your abstract up until the abstract deadline. Be sure to save the changes before exiting the system.

How do I withdraw an abstract after it has been submitted?

Log in to the abstracts portal and hit the withdrawal button.

When will I be notified of the results?

All first authors will be notified by February 12, 2021.

When and where will the meeting take place?

The ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2021 will be an all-virtual event.

When will the oral presentations and the ePoster Competitions take place?

The oral presentations and the ePoster competitions will take place May 3 – 7, 2021. Additional information will be sent in February 2021.

By submitting my abstract to the National Competitions, does that automatically include me in my local Chapter Competitions?

No, you must submit your abstract separately to the National Competitions and your local Chapter Competitions. To find out more information, please visit your local chapter website.

Whom can I contact if I have questions about local ACP chapters abstract competitions?

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

Whom can I contact if I have questions about the National ACP Abstract Competition?

E-mail questions to