In the initial application, individuals must submit an outline of a planned research paper for pre-approval. Applicants may choose any healthcare topic on which they feel they can write a professional research paper which will be useful to their peers and demonstrate their industry expertise. Research paper outlines should demonstrate that the paper itself will be more than just a fact-based essay; research papers propose new ideas and then offer supporting evidence. Research paper outline pre-approval includes the following fields:
- Planned Title
- Planned Thesis Statement
- Planned Major Arguments/Statements
- Support for Major Arguments/Statements
We strongly recommend applicants review general outline guidelines through available online resources here or here.
After application and outline approval, applicants will receive instructions on submitting the actual research paper. All research papers must meet the following criteria:
- 2,500 word minimum
- Written in a word processing program (e.g., Microsoft Word)
- Citations must be credited correctly (any format, as long as consistency is maintained)
Please review AAPC's research paper guidelines, sample research paper, and grading rubric for more information and to understand research paper expectations more completely. We also highly recommend reviewing these supplemental resources on research papers , referencing other material correctly, and using an appropriate point of view. Each research paper will be anonymously reviewed by at least three members of the Fellowship Committee. Applicants whose papers receive an average of 80% or higher will be accepted as Fellows.