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.

2020 Program Information

ACR Convergence 2020 will be a virtual meeting and the Pediatric Rheumatology Residents Program has been expanded. Selected residents will receive complimentary all access registration to ACR Convergence 2020, which includes pre- and post-meeting sessions.

Accepted applicants 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.

Accepted applicants are required to participate in the following:

  • Pediatric Rheumatology Orientation - week of October 26
  • Poster Discussion - November 5 - 9*
  • Fellows Panel - December 2020*
  • Faculty Panel - December 2020*
  • "Where are you now?" Follow-up Discussion - January 2021*
*Dates/times to be announced

To get the full experience, participants are strongly encouraged to participate in the entire annual meeting, November 5 - 9.

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


  • 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

Nominations are closed.

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