ISID International Fellows Short Term Exchange Program

(STEP)

ISID’s STEP program is a short term (range 2 to 4 months) clinical infectious diseases trainee exchange program to enable Infectious Diseases fellows to get training in select academic programs outside of their own and to transfer that expertise to their home institution. The pilot program will support fellows to rotate to a Training Program within their region. South America was selected for the pilot to coincide with the 18th ICID that will be held in Argentina in March 2018.

Infectious Diseases trainees represent the future for clinical and translational research progress in the field. Exposure of trainees to different realities out of their country during their training period has several foreseeable advantages for the individual and for the clinical and research development of the field.  In a world with increasing international mobility, where outbreaks that begin in the most remote parts of the world spread swiftly to urban centers in countries far away, rapid recognition, response and international collaboration have become essential global health priorities. It is therefore crucial that the newer generation of ID specialists should have an understanding of diverse infections that may not be prevalent in their communities, become promoters of international collaborations, multinational clinical and/or translational research initiatives and become members of regional ID networks.

The STEP Program aligns with ISID’s mission of:

•          Increasing the knowledge base of infectious diseases through research and enhancing the professional development of individuals in this discipline
•          Extending and transferring knowledge in infectious diseases, public health and microbiology
•          Creating and fostering partnerships for the control and cost-effective management of infectious diseases around the world

Funding will be provided for 2 to 4 months and up to US $5,000.

Eligibility

Clinicians 40 years of age or younger who are trainees (fellows) in a clinical adult or pediatric infectious diseases program in Latin America proposing to rotate to an academic center outside of their country also in Latin America. Exchange period should be between March 2018 and March 2019.

Application

The annual deadline for applications is September 15, 2017.

To be considered for the STEP Program, applicants must submit the following documents:

•          Completed application form
•          Short summary describing the benefits of the exchange
•          Research proposal if a research component is also planned as part of the clinical exchange
•          Current curriculum vitae
•          Letter of agreement from the receiving insitution
•          Current curriculum vitae of the receiving professor/supervisor
•          Letter of reference from home institution

The individual submitting the application must secure an invitation and make all necessary arrangements.

Applications should be made using the ISID on-line submisson system:

Applications will be evaluated and scored by members of ISID’s External Affairs and Research Committees based on the expected benefit of the rotation including clinical, research, or other skills to be obtained, collaborations envisioned, and support for the exchange from the involved programs.

Notification will be by November 30, 2017.

Questions or requests additional information can be directed to:
E-mail: program.coordinator@isid.org