Pediatric Rheumatology Residents Program

To motivate outstanding pediatric residents to pursue subspecialty training in pediatric rheumatology, the Pediatric Rheumatology Residents program provides an opportunity to attend the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting. The program is designed to introduce pediatric residents to the possibility of subspecialty training in pediatric rheumatology at an early period in their residency. By identifying residents who have demonstrated interest in rheumatology but are undecided about a subspecialty, we hope to have a positive impact on workforce issues that continue to challenge pediatric rheumatology.

How to Apply

Complete the online form during the nomination period.

The next nomination period will open in May 2017.



  • Enrolled in an ACGME-accredited pediatric or medicine/pediatric residency or a similar program in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

  • Interested in, but not yet decided, on subspecialty training in pediatrics and willing to consider rheumatology. (Residents who have already committed to a rheumatology fellowship program are NOT eligible for this program, nor are residents selected to this program in previous years.)

  • Considered to be outstanding candidates by the Program Director in Pediatrics and/or by the Director of Pediatric Rheumatology.

Online Application Process

  • All nomination forms must be submitted through the online process.

  • The online nomination form must be completed by the Director of Pediatric Rheumatology or a pediatric rheumatologist at another institution who has agreed to sponsor the nominee, and submitted by the deadline

  • Upon receipt of the nomination form, the resident will receive a link to the nominee application.

  • Interested residents must complete the nominee application by (date to be announced). The following items must be uploaded and submitted with the nominee application in Word or PDF format:

    • A letter of support from the Director of Pediatric Rheumatology or a Pediatric Rheumatologist at another institution who has agreed to sponsor the nominee. Letters must also be cosigned by the Program Director in Pediatrics, who must provide assurance that the resident will be given time off to attend the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting. If selected, residents must be able to attend, at a minimum, the following days at the Annual Meeting: (to be announced - specific times to be listed under General Program Information).

    • Applicant's CV

General Program Information

  • Residents selected to participate in this program will receive:

    • Complimentary registration to the upcoming Annual Meeting. Please note: this does not include Meet-the-Professor sessions, workshops sessions, or pre-conference courses. Participation in each of these activities requires separate registration and an additional fee.

    • Reimbursement of up to $900 to defray the cost of expenses related to Annual Mmeeting travel and lodging

    • Assistance in obtaining hotel reservations for the meeting. The cost of the hotel reservation is to be covered by the travel reimbursement.

  • Each accepted applicant will be assigned by the Nominatior. Mentors are required to meet with the resident throughout the meeting to offer guidance and answer any questions s/he may have. If a mentor in pediatric rheumatology is not specified, the selection committee can match an accepted applicant with a mentor.

  • Accepted applicants are required to participate in the following:

    • Full Day Rheumatology Student and Resident Experience - to be announced

      • Includes an orientation breakfast, breakout sessions, poster tour, educational sessions and an organized happy hour

    • Fellows Panel Discussion - to be announced

    • Faculty Panel Discussion - to be announced

  • To get the full experience, participants are strongly encouraged to stay at the Annual Meeting for the entire meeting.

  • Each program participant will be required to fill out an evaluation at the end of the program in order to receive reimbursement.