Round One Case Submissions

1.  Round One of the 2023 National Emergency Medicine Clinical Pathologic Case (CPC) Competition will take place March 21-22, 2022 in Las Vegas Nevada.

2. The deadline for submission of cases is November 28, 2022, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. View the Submission Timeline

3.  An entry fee of $400 is required at the time of case submission and must be paid with a credit card. However, if the case is not accepted for presentation, the fee will be returned. 

4.  All EM residency programs are invited to submit a case. Each residency program may submit only one case. Categorical programs and combined programs are separate programs. Therefore, a case maybe be submitted by a combined EM/Peds or EM/IM program, and another case may be submitted by the categorical program from the same institution.  However, two cases from the categorical program at the same institution may not be submitted. 

5.  Residency programs must not select senior residents as their case presenters, since they will have graduated before the CPC Finals Competition.  

6.  In the CPC Competition residents participate as case presenters and faculty members participate as case discussants. The resident presents the program's submitted case, and the faculty discussant will discuss another program's case.   

7.  Submitted cases will be reviewed (blinded) and will be judged for quality, relevance, and solvability by the CPC Committee. Only 72 are accepted for presentation. 

8.  Decisions regarding case selection for presentation will be made by December 2022, and notification will be sent via e-mail to the resident and program director listed during the submission.

9.  The selected cases will be presented on March 21 & 23, 2023, as six tracks of 12 cases each. The exact time of the case presentation will be determined by the CPC Committee. 

10.  A "Best Faculty Discussant" and a "Best Resident Presenter" will be selected from each of the six simultaneous tracks. Round One winners will be announced during CORDAA23. Time/date TBD.

11.  The six "Best Faculty Discussants" and "Best Resident Presenters" will then participate in the CPC Finals Competition, which will be held during the ACEP Scientific Assembly. (The "best resident presenters" will be required to submit new cases during the summer of 2023 to then be passed on to the winning faculty discussant for presentation at the CPC Finals Competition.) 

12. All cases become the property of CORD. 

13. You agree to allow publication of an audiovisual recording of any CPC performance by you of the Lecture (“Recording”), for reproduction and display as published and distributed by The Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD).   

14.  You hereby acknowledge and grant to The Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD) its successors and assigns (“CORD”) exclusive permission to use, reproduce and perform (collectively, “publish”) the Recording. 

15. You hereby irrevocably release and waive any claims relating to rights of privacy, rights of publicity, or confidentiality against CORD or any other person or entity related to CORD’s use and publication of the Recording.


 NOTE: The cases should be uploaded separately and labeled as listed below.

  • Last name, First name, Case Presentation
  • Last name, First name, Case Outcome

1.  Only cases submitted using the online form below will be considered.  Cases must conform to the submission guidelines.   

2. Case Submission constitutes an agreement that the resident presenter and the faculty discussant will participate in the Semi-Final CPC competition if their case is selected for presentation. 

3.  Appropriate cases for submission are An unusual presentation of a common problem or a common presentation of an uncommon problem Those that generate wide differential diagnosis that requires diagnostic reasoning Potentially solvable in the ED based on data collected in the ED and relevant to emergency medicine Interesting and challenging, not too rare Those with nothing added to unfairly divert the discussant Those with good quality x-rays, CTs, ECGs, etc.  

4.  When submitting a case, the residency program must include the name of their resident presenter and the name of their faculty discussant.  Case submission constitutes an agreement that the resident presenter and faculty discussant will be available to present/discuss at any time on March 21 & 22, 2023.

5.  The institution name, presenter's name, or any other identifiers must not appear on the case or any other submitted materials. 

6.  Absolutely no patient identification information may be included on any of the images submitted with the case. 

7.  All cases must be submitted as PowerPoint slides.  This includes radiographs, electrocardiograms, patient photographs (make sure there are no patient identifiers), or other supporting material.  

8.  Cases must be submitted in two parts:  Case Presentation and Case Outcome.  

Case Presentation:  Describe the history, physical exam, pertinent lab results, and appropriate diagnostic studies that the discussant will use to develop a differential diagnosis.  Institutional reference ranges are required for each lab value provided.  If appropriate, the patient's ED course should be described.  If accepted for presentation, the Case Presentation portion of the case will be sent to the assigned discussant.  Therefore, any information that the discussant should receive to assist in reviewing the case must be included.