The IDSA Foundation’s ID Student Interest Groups Grant Program was designed to engage medical students and residents outside of their traditional classroom setting with hands-on education about the field of ID. Through this program, student interest groups received grant funding to support special events, seminars and other activities to inspire students to pursue a career in ID.
The Foundation is not reopening applications for the ID Student Interest Groups Grant Program in Spring 2022. However, stay tuned to learn more about the IDSA Foundation’s new recruitment efforts and upcoming opportunities for medical students and trainees.
Please contact the IDSA Foundation via email if you have additional questions.
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Since its inception in 2016, the ID Student Interest Groups Grant Program provided 129 grants to 70 student groups across 32 states and Washington, D.C. Take a look at the program’s impact across the country!
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Infectious Diseases Expert Panel
This lecture-style format is the most commonly held event. An expert panel of infectious diseases specialists representing a variety of career trajectories talks with students about the vast professional opportunities in ID. Don’t forget to include snacks and plenty of time for Q&A!
“ID Speed Dating”
This lively event pairs faculty (infectious diseases specialists or fellows in training) and students together for 5-10 minutes of group Q&A and discussion. Students rotate around the room to ensure they are able to interact with everyone and ask their questions.
Vaccine Hesitancy Discussion
This event is implemented with the support of an advocacy organization along with experienced pediatric ID physicians. The purpose is to educate medical students on how best to handle vaccine-hesitant patients and parents. It also shares tips on what information to provide to these patients to better inform them on the topic.
Host a Game Night!
Create a quiz competition as an entertaining way to get studying in. A game night helps students succeed in their coursework while raising awareness for your ID student interest group.