Instructions for Preparing the Meet-the-Professor Syllabus

Deadline for receipt: November 8, 2018

Session Format:

Meet-the-Professor (MTP) sessions are designed to be highly 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 by asking or answering questions, discussing the case with their colleagues, and/or commenting during the session. These sessions typically have 200 or more participants, so it is necessary to plan for audience participation via polling on possible diagnostic or treatment options during your slide presentation.

We encourage you to keep the number of slides to a minimum and to incorporate audience polling questions into your presentation.

It is optimal to present a short case, then present the audience with a question and possible answers, have the audience vote for the correct answer via the Society's Audience Response System (ARS), and then you, as the expert, discuss your opinion(s) and why you think each possible answer would be right or wrong.

While preparing your syllabus, please keep in mind that it serves as a learning guide for attendees and is 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.

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

Examples of excellent MTP sessions can be viewed below:

Please carefully follow the instructions below:

The 2019 Meet-the-Professor Endocrine Case Management book is a CME educational activity. Please ensure that your syllabus provides a balanced view of therapeutic options by using generic names and refraining from mentioning specific companies. If you refer to therapeutic options that are not yet approved by the FDA, please ensure that this is disclosed to learners in your syllabus.

More than 40% of ENDO attendees purchase the 2019 Meet-the-Professor Endocrine Case Management book and come from outside the US. We encourage you to incorporate both conventional and SI units into your presentation and syllabus. To assist you with this, please download this simple SI Unit Convertor Tool. Our non-US clinical audience will find great value in having the conversion already done for them.

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

An example of a properly-crafted syllabus can be viewed here.

The content should contain 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 regarding 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.
  • LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Visit Faculty Resources for tips on 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: Succinctly review 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.
  • DISCUSSION of cases and answers.
  • PERTINENT REFERENCES: Attendees value having a short, numbered list of pertinent references (< 20) as part of the syllabus. 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 syllabus. There must be only one reference per number.

Algorithms, tables, and line art figures are encouraged, but color drawings or photographs cannot be accommodated in your syllabus. They may be used in your onsite PowerPoint presentation. Figures and Tables should be given titles, and the image files should be named with your last name and first initial, and figure number, with underscores separating them (e.g., "Smith, J_Fig_1"; "Smith, J_Table_1", etc.). Please indicate where figures should be placed within the text of your syllabus.

Full credit must be given to the origin of any borrowed tables or figures in the form of a full, reference-style credit line. It is your responsibility to obtain written permission for print inclusion of materials that may be protected by copyright (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 require only acknowledgment (not permission) of the sources, as the item is derived rather than reproduced or adapted from a single source.

Please be mindful of patient confidentiality, including any photographs, when preparing presentation materials (syllabus and PowerPoint).

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Balsamo ( or Barbara Small (