CHEST Challenge


Does your fellowship program have what it takes?

CHEST Challenge is a fun and exciting competition in which CHEST fellows-in-training compete against programs around the country for honor and prizes! The first round of the competition consists of two parts: social media challenges and online quiz. The aggregate score for both of these components will be used to identify the top three-scoring teams. The top three teams will then be invited to send three fellows each to the CHEST Challenge Championship, a Jeopardy-style game show that takes place live during the CHEST Annual Meeting.

CHEST Challenge 2019 is now closed.

Congratulations to the top 3 teams who will compete live at the CHEST Challenge Championship on Tuesday, October 22, at CHEST Annual Meeting 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana!

Maimonides Medical Center
The Ohio State University
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

CHEST Challenge Championship/After Party
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sheraton – Armstrong Ballroom

CHEST Challenge Championship

The three top-scoring programs from the first round will compete in the CHEST Challenge Championship at the CHEST Annual Meeting 2019. Three players from these teams will receive:

  • FREE registration for CHEST 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Airfare and complimentary hotel for 3 nights for CHEST 2019
  • FREE registration to a CHEST Board Review Course/On Demand
  • Cash prizes for training program

Sponsored by Mylan.


CHEST Challenge Prizes are sponsored and awarded solely by American College of Chest Physicians.

The teams ranking between fourth and tenth from the first round of play will be recognized as CHEST Challenge Top Performers at the CHEST Challenge Championship, to be played live during CHEST 2019. Three players from these teams will also win:

  • FREE registration to a CHEST Board Review 2019 course OR access to a Board Review On Demand product
  • FREE registration for CHEST 2019
  • Certificate documenting program achievement

The teams ranking between eleventh and twenty-fifth from the first round of play will win:

  • One FREE copy of the most recent CHEST SEEK™ book of the program director’s choice (pulmonary, critical care, or sleep)


  • Decisions of the CHEST Challenge judges are FINAL in all disputes.
  • Players must be physicians-in-training at the time of their involvement; senior fellows who participate in the first round but graduate prior to CHEST 2019 may not represent their program at the live competition although their scores will be utilized to determine whether the program qualifies for prizes.
  • It is at the discretion of the training program director for each team how the prizes are distributed to trainees within the program.
  • Each training program director is responsible for encouraging rules compliance; any rules infraction by a player from a program may lead to disqualification of the entire program from this year’s competition.
  • Fellowship programs that have been finalists in the prior year are not eligible to become finalists for this year’s competition although they will be eligible for other prizes.

Round One

Social Media Participation 

  • The social media competition will begin in late January and run through early May, with final dates to be determined.
  • Players should follow @accpchest on Twitter and watch for the #CHESTChallenge2019 hashtag for challenges and updates.
  • When challenges are sent out, programs will be given between one day and one week to respond (this will be stipulated in the challenge tweet).
  • Responses should include the requested information, as well as tagging your institution (either @ or # is fine) and CHEST (@accpchest). Tweet or Instagram post must include #CHESTChallenge2019 hashtag.
  • Only the first response per program per challenge will be counted toward the competition.

Online Play 

  • The online competition will begin in late March and run through early May, with final dates to be determined.
  • Players will not be allowed to take the online exam more than once per year, nor will they be permitted to go back to review or revise responses while taking the online test.
  • An unanswered or skipped question will be counted as an incorrect answer.
  • Players will have a maximum of 60 minutes to answer 50 questions.
  • Each trainee must take the test individually without any assistance (books, Internet, additional persons, or any other forms of help are prohibited during the taking of the test).
  • Scores will be determined based on the number of correct questions and the amount of time used; the team score will consist of the top two scores from each program. Additional scores beyond the top two scores will not count toward or against the team score.
  • All scores are confidential. No one else—not even your program director—will get the results.

Note: CHEST does not authorize any copying, reproduction, disclosing, or otherwise sharing of any CHEST Challenge questions or related content.

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