Instructions for Preparing a Meet-the-Professor Syllabus

Deadline for receipt: November 8, 2018

Meet-the-Professor Sessions are designed to be interactive and practical sessions in which the diagnosis and management of patients are discussed. These sessions are not meant to be didactic lectures, but rather case-based presentations where the audience is encouraged to participate either by asking questions, by answering questions, or providing comment during the session.

We realize these sessions often have 200 or more participants, so it is usually necessary to plan your presentations so that the audience can participate as a group by voting on possible diagnostic or treatment options presented in the slide presentation.

It is optimal to present a short case, then present the audience with a question and possible answers, have the audience vote by using an Audience Response system (ARS) or polling system as to the correct answer, and then have the experts discuss their opinions and why they think each possible answer would be right or wrong.

We encourage you to keep the number of slides to a minimum and to incorporate questions for the audience to vote on as you discuss the reasons each answer could be considered to be right or wrong.

As many of you may know that over 40% of the attendees who attend ENDO and purchase the the 2019 Meet-the-Professor Endocrine Case Management book are non-US. We encourage you to incorporate both conventional and SI units into your presentation and handout. To assist you with this, please download this simple SI Unit Convertor Tool. Our non-US clinical audience will find great value to have the conversion provided.

Here is an example of an excellent Meet-the-Professor session.

And here is an example of an excellent two speaker Meet-the-Professor (formerly called Case Management Forum) session.

In preparing your syllabi, please keep in mind that it serves as a learning guide for attendees and a valuable stand-alone resource. It will be included in the 2019 Meet-the-Professor Endocrine Case Management book, which many attendees will refer to later. Please carefully follow the instructions below.

Handouts should be single-spaced and no longer than 4-6 typed pages in length.

The content should begin with the following sections.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CLINICAL PROBLEM - Provide a 1–2 paragraph introduction highlighting the importance of and need for, your topic/presentation to ENDO participants, framed in terms of specific gaps in professional practice with regard to physician competence, performance, or patient outcomes.

BARRIERS TO OPTIMAL PRACTICE - List 2 or more potential barriers or challenges clinicians face in diagnosis management or treatment. Examples of well written barriers are located at the end of this page.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: (Visit Faculty Resources for tips to writing learning objectives)

  • Type the phrase “As a result of participating in this session, learners should be able to:”
  • Underneath this phrase, provide 1–2 (or more) learning objectives that address the importance/need for your topic and the key learning points

STRATEGIES FOR DIAGNOSIS, THERAPY, AND/OR MANAGEMENT - Succinct review of the didactic information that illustrates and reinforces case management strategies. (2-4 pages)

MAIN CONCLUSIONS - These should be congruent with the learning objectives.

CASES (2-3) with questions and answers MUST be included


PERTINENT REFERENCES. Most attendees’ value having a short list of numbered pertinent references (< 20) as part of the handout. References to the literature should be cited in numerical order (in parentheses) in the text and listed in the same numerical order at the end of the handout. There must be only one reference to a number.

ALGORITHMS, TABLES, and LINE ART FIGURES are encouraged, but color drawings or photographs cannot be accommodated in your handout. They may be used accommodated in your onsite PowerPoint presentation. Figures and Tables should be given titles and the files should be named with your last name, underscore and figure number (e.g. Smith, J_Fig_1; Smith, J_Table_1, etc.) Please indicate where figures should be placed within the text of your handout.

BORROWED MATERIAL. Full credit must be given to the originators of any borrowed tables or figures in the form of a full, reference-style credit line. In addition, it is your responsibility to obtain written permission for print inclusion of materials that may be under copyright protection (e.g., published figures or tables) and to submit copies of any such permission required/obtained to the Endocrine Society with your presentation. Tables or figures that are created specifically for your presentation using data from multiple sources should require only acknowledgment of the sources but not permission, as the item is derived rather than reproduced or adapted from a single source.

Please be aware of patient confidentiality in preparing all handout and presentation materials, including any photographs.

The Endocrine Society will copyright the handout, and may use it or adapt it for educational materials targeted to a broader audience of clinicians who diagnose and manage patients with endocrine disorders.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Ndure (