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Doctor's Dilemma® Competition Volunteer Role Descriptions

ACP Doctor's Dilemma® is a medical knowledge-based, multi-round competition where teams of residents, representing local chapters, compete over three days at ACP's annual Internal Medicine Meeting.

Judge (Up to 16 positions available)

The American College of Physicians is seeking up to 16 member physicians to serve as Judges for the ACP Doctor's Dilemma Competition during the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2019, April 11-13 in Philadelphia, PA.

Volunteer judges may serve during one competition day (Thursday or Friday) or for both of those afternoons. 

Volunteers will be expected to attend a mandatory pre-meeting conference call on March 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm (Eastern) and one onsite training session on April 11 at 10:45 am at the Philadelphia Convention Center. (Each training will be approximately one hour.) Judges with a direct relationship to a participating team are not permitted to judge in the room where that team is competing.

Role: Judges serve as the authorized arbiters of the competition and work in teams of two or three. Judges receive the questions in advance of the competition (in confidence).  If Judges have questions or concerns regarding the validity of a question and/or acceptable answers, they must raise this in writing with ACP national staff at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the competition.  During the competition, Judges confer with one another to rule on questions/answers referred to them.

Judges only rule on questions/answers when called upon by the Moderator. Neither Judges nor contestants may request that a question be referred to the Judges. The Moderator defers to the judges only if the answer offered is not clearly right or wrong.

Throughout the competition, all judges' decisions are final. Competition rules prohibit teams and their representatives from challenging or disrespecting any Judge’s ruling, and allow for disqualification for unprofessional or unsportsmanlike conduct.  (For additional information, please refer to the National Competition Rules.)

Specific Requirements: Post-residency internal medicine specialist or subspecialist. FACP designation preferred. Must have a broad knowledge of internal medicine and the ability to make confident, team-based decisions quickly. Must be diplomatic and comfortable working under pressure before a highly-charged, energetic, and competitive audience.

Game Assistant (Up to 8 positions available)

The American College of Physicians is seeking eight individuals to serve as Game Assistants for the ACP Doctor's Dilemma Competition that will take place during the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2019, April 11-13, in Philadelphia, PA.

Volunteers may serve during one competition day or for up to three days. In addition, selected volunteers will be expected to attend a mandatory pre-meeting conference call on March 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm (Eastern) and one onsite training session on April 11 at 10:45 am at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Each training session will be less than one hour.)  Volunteers with a direct relationship to a participating team are not eligible to serve in the room where that team is competing.

Role: The Game Assistant identifies the team that has buzzed in first. During the Final Dilemma Round of each game, the Game Assistant reviews the wager sheets and communicates with the game technician and Moderator about the wagered amounts.

Specific Requirements: Volunteers selected for these roles must possess great attention to detail and the ability to vocally project. They must be comfortable working under pressure before a highly charged, energetic, and competitive audience.

Greeter (Up to 10 positions available)

The American College of Physicians is seeking individuals to serve as Greeters for each day of the ACP Doctor's Dilemma® Competition that will take place during the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2019, April 11-13, in Philadelphia, PA.

Volunteers may serve during one competition day or up to all three days. Volunteers will be expected to attend an onsite training session Thursday, April 11 at 10:45 am at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

Role: Greeters provide a warm and friendly welcome to participants and attendees and direct them to the stage or seating area. They also assist with crowd control, answer general questions, and communicate with staff as needed.

Specific Requirements: Volunteers for these roles must be outgoing and personable; some previous knowledge of the ACP Doctor's Dilemma Competition is helpful.

Volunteer Participation Form

To volunteer for the 2019 ACP Doctor's Dilemma Competition at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2019 in Philadelphia, PA from April 11-April 13, 2019, please complete the Doctor's Dilemma Volunteer Participation Form.