The IDSA Foundation is helping to prepare the next generation of ID leaders to be the drivers of scientific discoveries, leaders of public health programs throughout the world and the astute clinicians on the front lines providing life-saving care.
No matter the stage in a person’s career, one thing remains clear: mentorship can be a critical entrée into the field of infectious diseases (ID). Mentees glean from the expertise of ID physicians while mentors benefit by helping to foster a legacy within their chosen specialty.
The IDWeek Mentorship Program was developed to provide a platform for more ID mentorship opportunities. Through this transformative program, medical students and residents interested in the field are provided unprecedented access to ID and HIV leaders. Participation in the program gives aspiring leaders the opportunity to be paired with an ID mentor during the IDWeek conference.
The IDSA Foundation focuses on effective mentor/mentee interactions by incorporating three key elements in our program: support, education and a vision of the mentee’s future career. Mentors help mentees to think strategically about their careers. Mentors also provide insightful guidance for mentees during the varying stages of their career development. Through our program, medical students and residents apply to be matched with a mentor that works in a focus area in which the mentee has an interest.