The IDSA Foundation’s ID Student Interest Groups Program was designed to engage medical students and residents outside of their traditional classroom setting with hands-on education about the field of ID.
New and existing ID interest groups can receive grants of up to $500 to support special events, seminars or other activities that will inspire students to pursue a career in ID. Student groups can be student- or faculty-run.
The application period for the ID Student Interest Groups grant is now closed. Applications will re-open for the Fall 2021 semester on August 9, 2021. Sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive the latest information on the Fall 2021 application period.
- Medical students, residents, or an ID faculty member can apply for a grant on behalf of his/her institution’s ID Student Interest Group and/or to begin an ID Student Interest Group
- Each ID Student Interest Group must have a mentor sponsor who is either an IDSA member or an individual working in the field of infectious diseases
- Applicant must be at a U.S. based Institution
- Monday, August 9, 2021: Fall 2021 Application Opens
- Monday, September 13, 2021: Fall 2021 Application Closes
- Week of September 20, 2021: Fall 2021 Applicants Notified
- Monday, October 4, 2021: Fall 2021 Awardee Financial Information Due
- Fall/Winter 2021 Term: Events hosted by ID Student Interest Group
- Wednesday, January 5, 2022: Fall 2021 Outcomes Reports Due
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.
Jeopardy! Style Review game
Host a game night 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.