Infectious Diseases Research Careers Meeting


Two Days on Choosing a Career in ID Research

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The Ninth Annual Infectious Diseases Research Careers Meeting will take place Thursday, June 25 - Saturday, June 27, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland


The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) cosponsor an exciting program designed to help foster the next generation of infectious diseases (ID) physician scientists. The two-and-a-half day meeting is designed for U.S. ID fellows, residents, and medical students, and is held annually in Bethesda, Maryland.

If you are an ID fellow, resident, or medical student interested in pursuing a career in ID research, we encourage you to apply to attend the meeting. If your application is approved, your lodging and travel costs are provided for by IDSA (please note that at this time attendance to this meeting is limited to U.S. fellows, residents, and medical students).

A complete application will include the following: 1) your current CV; 2) a short personal statement regarding your interest in ID research; and 3) a short recommendation from your training program director, mentor, or other faculty member.




The meeting begins Thursday evening with a welcome reception and registration, followed by a keynote address from a luminary in ID research. The 2020 keynote address will be provided by NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci. A buffet dinner follows where you will be able to mingle and network with other attendees, and interact in an informal setting with faculty members.

The following day begins early with breakfast and presentations by visiting faculty highlighting their personal journey from medical school to their current research projects. After lunch, you will have an opportunity to tour the nearby National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus and hear from NIH researchers about their current projects. Previous topics have included: the 2014 Ebola outbreak; influenza research; malaria research; and genomic sequencing of nosocomial pathogens.

A busy Friday concludes with dinner and an opportunity to showcase your research to your colleagues and faculty members during an optional poster session.

Saturday morning is dedicated to panels on various career development topics, including: grant-writing and publishing; finding a mentor; balancing research, clinical practice, and personal life; and tips on the job search.


“The Fellows’ Research Career meeting offers a rare opportunity to get advice and tips from top Infectious Diseases researchers across the country. The interactions varied from interactive lectures to dinner conversations and spanned topics from grantsmanship and getting published to work-life balance. It also offers the unique chance to reconnect with fellows who you may have met on the interview trail as well as to meet peers in and out of your research field. It is a high-yield, fun conference, and I highly recommend it.”

— Kate McManus, MD, MSCR, University of Virginia


From the Seventh Annual Meeting


Excerpts from the

2019 Program Book