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 ACR Convergence, the ACR's 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.


  • 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 applied to a rheumatology fellowship program are NOT eligible for this program, nor are residents selected for this program in previous years.)
  • Considered to be an outstanding candidate by the Program Director in Pediatrics and/or a pediatric rheumatologist.

2020 Schedule

Nominations open - May 4
Nomination deadline - July 1
Application deadline - July 15
Acceptance notifications sent - week of August 17

How to Apply

Nominations are closed.

Application Process

  • All nomination forms must be submitted through the online nomination process.
  • The nomination form must be completed by a pediatric rheumatologist who has agreed to sponsor the nominee, and submitted by the deadline. If the resident does not know a pediatric rheumatologist, the form may be completed by the pediatric residency program director.
  • Upon receipt of the nomination form, the resident will receive a link to the nominee application.
  • Interested residents must complete the nominee application by the deadline. The following items must be 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 be cosigned by the Program Director in Pediatrics, who must provide assurance that the resident will be given time off to attend ACR Convergence. If selected, residents must be able to attend, at a minimum, the days listed in the General Program Information section below.
    • 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, or premeeting courses. Participation in each of these activities requires separate registration and an additional fee.
    • Reimbursement of up to $900 to defray expenses related to annual meeting 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 Nominator. Mentors are required to meet with the resident throughout the meeting to offer guidance and answer questions. 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:
    • Pediatric Rheumatology Orientation - November 8 (includes orientation breakfast, breakout sessions, poster tour, educational sessions, and happy hour)
    • Fellows Panel Discussion - November 9
    • Faculty Panel Discussion - November 10
  • 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.

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