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.

2022 Program Information

Selected residents will receive complimentary all access registration to ACR Convergence 2022, which includes pre- and post-meeting sessions.

Participants will be assigned a mentor by the nominator. Mentors are required to meet virtually with the resident throughout the meeting to offer guidance and answer questions. If a mentor in pediatric rheumatology is not specified, the selection committee will match an accepted applicant with a mentor.

Program participants are required to participate in the following:

  • Pediatric Rheumatology Orientation (virtual) - date to be announced
  • Fellows Panel - November 12, 1:00-3:00 PM ET
  • Faculty Panel - November 13, 7:00-9:00 AM ET
  • "Where are you now?" Follow-up Discussion - January 2023 (date to be announced)

To get the full experience, participants are strongly encouraged to participate in the entire annual meeting, November 10 - 14.

Each participant will be required to complete an evaluation form after the program.

Accepted applicants will receive the following:

  • Complimentary registration to ACR Convergence 2022.
  • Reimbursement of up to $900 US for Convergence 2022 travel and lodging expenses.
  • Assistance with obtaining hotel reservations for the meeting. (The hotel cost will be covered by the travel reimbursement.)


  • 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.

How to Apply

Nominations for the 2022 Pediatric Rheumatology Residents Program are closed.

Application Process

Nominations - Nomination forms must be completed by a pediatric rheumatologist who has agreed to sponsor the nominee. If the resident does not know a pediatric rheumatologist, the pediatric residency program director may complete the form.

Applications - After ACR receives a nomination form, the nominated resident will receive an email with link to the nominee application. Interested residents must complete the nominee application by the application deadline. The following items must be submitted with the 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

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