In any field, having a professional mentor can help individuals develop and advance their careers. Mentors affect the professional life of a mentee by fostering insight, identifying needed knowledge, and expanding growth opportunities. The ACR believes mentor/mentee relationships at all levels is central for a sustainable rheumatology workforce. The ACR currently has one mentoring program: AMIGO.

AMIGO – The ACR/CARRA Mentoring Interest Group for Pediatric Rheumatologists

AMIGO pediatric rheumatology mentoring program

AMIGO is a pediatric rheumatology mentoring program. To address the needs of early career pediatric rheumatologists, the ACR Special Committee on Pediatric Rheumatology and the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) joined together in 2011 to develop a program to support the career development of fellows and junior faculty in pediatric rheumatology via educational services, facilitated networking, and most importantly a one-on-one mentoring program through which interested mentees are matched with mentors at other institutions.


Mentees: Pediatric rheumatology fellows and junior faculty. ACR membership is required.

Mentors: Pediatric rheumatologist. ACR membership is required.

Time Commitment

We anticipate a 5 - 10 hour per year time commitment, consisting of phone calls and a face-to-face meeting at the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting or CARRA meeting.

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please contact

Mentoring Resources

Pediatric Resources

Pediatric to Adult Rheumatology Care Transition

Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program: The purpose of the Pediatric Research LRP is to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals as pediatric investigators. NIH defines pediatric research as "research that is directly related to diseases, disorders, and other conditions in children."