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.

Important Announcement

The ACR has been closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and its potential impact on our educational activities. 

Based on current statistics, the escalation in the number of people affected, and the likelihood of potentially increasing the exposure to COVID-19, we have reached the difficult decision to cancel the in-person portion of ACR Convergence 2020. ACR Convergence 2020 will be held virtually November 5-9. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information on the all-virtual ACR Convergence 2020. We will share more details as they become available in the coming weeks and months.

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  • 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 - July 20
Nomination deadline - August 19
Application deadline - August 26
Acceptance notifications sent - week of September 21

How to Apply

Complete the nomination form by August 19.

Submit Pediatric Resident Nomination

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 the all-virtual annual meeting, 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 upcoming all-virtual annual meeting, ACR Convergence 2020. 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.
  • Each accepted applicant will be assigned by the nominator. Mentors are required to meet virtually with the resident throughout the meeting to offer guidance and answer 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:
    • Pediatric Rheumatology Orientation - Week of October 26 (prior to ACR Convergence)
    • Fellows Panel Discussion - December 2020 (date/time to be announced)
    • Faculty Panel Discussion - December 2020 (date/time to be announced)
  • To get the full experience, participants are strongly encouraged to participate in the entire all-virtual annual meeting, November 5–9.
  • Each program participant will be required to fill out an evaluation at the conclusion of the program.

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