Thinking of a Career in ID?
When an outbreak hits cities, states — or spreads across boarders — Infectious Diseases (ID) Specialists also known as medical detectives, are called upon by other physicians to help diagnose the most complex and elusive cases and to develop strategies to prevent and treat a wide range of diseases.
ID touches all aspects of our health – but like investigators at the scene of a crime, these medical detectives have helped solve lifesaving health issues like the eradication of smallpox, the viral suppression of HIV, and stopped outbreaks like Ebola, from spreading all over the globe.
The IDSA Foundation’s Student Interest Groups Program provides medical students with access to ID leaders along with the academic support they need to create their imprint on the field of ID. Your career in ID could impact the next pandemic, discover the latest clinical protocols for infection control, or develop a new vaccine.
How to Participate in a Student Interest Group
Created in 2016, 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 Infectious Diseases.
To achieve this goal, the Foundation provides new and existing ID interest group with $500 grants to support special events, seminars, or other activities that will inspire students to pursue a career in ID. Existing or newly created Student Groups can be student or faculty run but must include a mentor who is an IDSA member.
Infectious Diseases Expert Panel: This lecture-style format is the most commonly held event. An expert panel of Infectious Diseases Specialist representing variety of career trajectory talk 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 Specialist or fellow in training) and students together 5 to 10 minutes of group Q&A and discussion. Students rotate around the room to ensure they are able to interact and ask their most pressing questions about the field ID from a variety of faculty.
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 provided tips on what information to provide to these patients to better inform them on the topic.