Apprenticeship Program

Ralph D. Feigin was a phenomenal clinician, teacher, and writer. His prolific work as editor of Feigin and Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and author of numerous publications helped to advance pediatric infectious diseases. In his memory the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (JPIDS), the official journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, has created an apprenticeship program aimed at fostering talented young pediatric infectious diseases physicians who are interested in playing a role in the publications that help to inform the field.

Announcement of the Apprenticeship, along with instructions for submission, will be made in the spring. The award recipient will be announced during the PIDS Business Meeting held in conjunction with IDWeek 2021 with the term running from October 2021 through October 2022.

Qualified candidates should have:

  • An interest in academic publishing
  • Excellent writing skills and, preferably, some editing experience
  • The ability to commit the time required to help bring this quarterly publication to fruition, including participation in weekly associate editor conference calls

The deadline for receipt of nomination materials is Monday, July 12, 2021. Candidates should complete the attached application and send a CV, brief letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation to the PIDS Headquarters office via email (

About the Journal

JPIDS publishes articles furthering research and practice in perinatal, childhood, and adolescent infectious diseases. The journal is a high-quality source of original research articles, clinical trial reports, guidelines, and topical reviews ranging from bench to bedside, with particular attention to the interests and needs of the pediatric infectious diseases community.

*This award program is made possible from the generous support of the Department of Pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine.

To Apply, visit: JPIDS Feigin Apprenticeship Application


2013 Recipient: Elizabeth Schlaudecker, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

“As the Feigin Apprentice, I have learned an immeasurable amount about the inner workings of a scientific publication. One of my first experiences as the apprentice came in San Diego at IDWeek 2012. As I observed my first Editorial Board meeting, I was able to meet some of the leaders of the our field, gain an understanding of the challenges faced by publications, and ultimately benefit from the successful practices of JPIDS. Throughout the year, I have learned how to examine manuscripts more critically, and I recently began to contribute my own reviews with the guidance of the editors. With my particular interest in vaccines, I was given the opportunity to write an ACIP summary with the astute mentorship of Drs. Zaoutis, Englund, and Kimberlin. I have become a better editor, as well as a better scientific writer. I am thankful for all of the opportunities that I have been given as a Feigin Apprentice.”

2014 Recipient: Scott James, University of Alabama, Birmingham

“My experience thus far as the Ralph D. Feigin Apprentice of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (JPIDS) has been greatly rewarding. Acting as an apprentice member of the JPIDS Editorial Board has given me a hands-on education that has transformed my understanding of the peer review process. The discernment on display as my colleagues evaluate potential articles has sharpened me as both an investigator and a writer. I count it a great privilege to be able to interact with and learn from such outstanding leaders in our field on a weekly basis.”

2015 Recipient: Pui-Ying Iroh Tam, University of Minnesota

“The JPIDS Feigin apprenticeship program has far exceeded my expectations and to date has been an excellent and hugely rewarding experience. I applied for the apprenticeship because I wanted to learn more about the editorial process, and by being actively involved in reviewing and discussing papers I have received excellent insight into how papers are dissected, prioritized, and considered. The editorial board is comprised of very experienced and knowledgeable faculty, and listening to them debate various features of a study is illuminating – and everyone manages to argue with each other with graciousness and respect, which is an aspect I truly appreciate. I was also able to author several papers for JPIDS, including ACIP updates and an invited review which was co-authored with an editorial board member (Gregory Storch). Finally, what I think I will treasure most about this experience is the ability now to be on a first-name basis with all the editorial board members. I have found the whole experience to be extremely gratifying, and thank Baylor, supporters of the program, and PIDS leadership for creating this excellent opportunity for junior faculty.”

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