meetID – mentored, engaging, educational and trainee-focused Pediatric ID Program

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) is proud to introduce meetID. This program intends to acquaint premedical/medical students and residents with pediatric ID through a program that is mentored, engaging, educational, and trainee focused.

The meetID program provides a broad overview of pediatric infectious diseases (PID), career exploration in PID, support and resources needed to excel in science and medicine, and an opportunity to network with other trainees, faculty, and PIDS leadership. Additionally, trainees will have an opportunity to re-engage virtually throughout the year with various PID leaders, who will serve as mentors that can provide career guidance and support.

The initial cohort will be composed of up to 20 trainees (residents, medical students, and premedical students). Diversity is highly desired, with a particular focus on those who identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM) and first-generation college students.

meetID participants will:

  • Learn about pediatric infectious diseases as a specialty
  • Discover the contributions pediatric infectious diseases bring to the healthcare system
  • Explore the wide array of career paths and opportunities in the field
  • Assess training paths available to successful completion of pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training
  • Attend and participate in one of three scientific meetings that PIDS co-sponsors:
    • St. Jude/PIDS Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference
    • Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS)/Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID)
    • IDWeek

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for each intended meeting. Deadlines and materials can be found below.

Application Material

  • Cover letter describing interest in the program
    • Should include name, current stage of training, rationale for applying for the program, and current career aspirations
    • Information that illustrates how the candidate would increase the diversity of the program is encouraged
  • Curriculum vitae

Submission Deadlines

  • St. Jude/PIDS – January 17, 2023
  • PAS/RAPID – March 10, 2023
  • IDWeek – July 6, 2023

Questions related to meetID or application inquiries should be directed to pids@idsociety.org.

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