APDIM Surveys

Topic & Full Proposal Submission Guidelines

APDIM has been surveying its members since 1999 and annually since 2005. This effort has resulted in educational scholarship and generalizable knowledge about internal medicine residencies in the United States.

Email surveys@im.org for more information.

Focus of Questions

Questions appropriate for the APDIM survey are essential to APDIM and its members to inform policy, provide information for strategic planning within the organization, enhance research, and provide a platform for APDIM to gain national recognition with other organizations. 

Successful Proposal Example  

Step 1: Preparing Questions for Submission

Requirements and Standards

Interested in proposing a topic for inclusion in the APDIM’s Annual Survey of Program Directors? Please prepare a maximum 250-word paragraph explaining your proposed topic for the yearly APDIM Survey.

Topics should be relevant to the APDIM community at large. The deadline for topics to be considered is July 1, 2019, and the call for submissions will open in mid-April of 2019. All topic proposals will be considered by the APDIM Survey Committee. The committee will choose 6–7 topics for consideration of full proposals.

You will be notified by August 1 that your topic is eligible for a full proposal. The deadline for full proposals is September 30, 2019. Authors will be notified approximately one week after the APDIM Survey Committee’s October/Fall meeting of acceptance or rejection. 

Step 2: Preparing Full Proposal for Submission

Requirements and Standards

Full proposal should contain: Explanation of the topic, relevant literature, hypothesis for questions and a first draft of questions.

If your topic has been selected, you will be contacted by surveys@im.org and invited to complete a full online proposal submission form no later than September 30, 2019. The APDIM Survey Committee gives first priority to questions of greatest importance to APDIM and its membership. Survey section submissions should include no more than eight items. The goal is to produce results which are informative to the APDIM membership and publishable to include a wider audience.

If your topic is not chosen for this year’s survey, you will be notified approximately one week after the APDIM Survey Committee’s October/Fall meeting. You will receive comments and feedback from the committee. After making changes, you are welcome to resubmit for subsequent surveys.

Online Submission Form Includes:

  • Section Title*
  • Problem/Topic/Issue of Concern. (250 words or fewer)*
  • Theoretical Framework/Background/Significance to APDIM. (500 words or fewer)*
  • Hypothesis/Research Question (100 words or fewer)*
  • References (If applicable)
  • Questions

Terms of Agreement

Authors must submit questions by September 30 to be considered for inclusion in the following year’s survey. It is strongly encouraged to review past surveys and publications to ascertain if a topic or set of questions has been included. If an author’s section is selected for inclusion, the author agrees to have his or her section edited by the APDIM Survey Committee and APDIM Council.

View recent survey sections (PDF)

After the APDIM survey is closed and the raw data are distributed, section authors have three months to draft a manuscript for publication. In addition, it is expected that co-authors from the APDIM Survey Committee will assist with manuscript preparation based on their interest and involvement in the particular section on the survey.

If after six month’s time, the author has not prepared an initial draft manuscript, the Survey Committee reserves the right to assume the lead on manuscript preparation. The author is still included on the authorship list, but may not appear as first author if someone else writes the manuscript.

Section authors have the opportunity to meet with members of the APDIM Survey Committee at APDIM/AAIM meetings to discuss and receive help to outline a manuscript. 


Step 1
Topic consideration: July 1, 2019

Step 2
Full proposal (if invited): September 30, 2019

The 2019 survey questions submission process will open in mid-April 2019.


APDIM welcomes all of its members to contribute items to APDIM’s Annual Survey of Program Directors.

Please Note

The draft scoring rubric and process for submitting and reviewing APDIM Survey sections was revised in February 2018.

Please review Steps 1 and 2 of the questions section proposal submission process.