Medical students play a vital role in the pediatric dermatology research community and PeDRA is committed to cultivating student interest in the field and encouraging student engagement through a variety of activities.
Medical Student Initiatives
- The Research Fellowship Grant. This program supports one year of mentored research for post-graduate trainees and medical students in the field of pediatric dermatology. Fellowships are intended to support the development of the next generation of physician scientists and the advancement of active research projects in the field of pediatric dermatology.
- Emerging Investigator Research Grants to support 4 – 12 week mentored research experiences for medical students or pediatric residents to provide broadly accessible training to future researchers in the field.
- The PeDRA Mentorship Program. A one-year program fostering meaningful relationships between residents, fellows, and medical student mentorship groups to advance interest in the field. Mentees have access to resident and fellowship members of PeDRA for feedback on ongoing research, challenging cases, and training guidance. Please note, this program is not intended to help medical students prepare for interviews or admittance to residency programs.
- NextGen Research Forum – held alongside the PeDRA Annual Conference. Students and recent graduates will have the chance to present research and gain valuable career guidance from respected leaders in the field.
- Virtual Education for the trainee and early investigator audiences, including webinars and podcasts on developing skills for career success, work-life balance, and conducting collaborative research. Check back often, as virtual education offerings are actively expanding.
- The PeDRA Mobile App, with a dedicated Trainee Discussion Forum and resources designed for easy access during the busy life of a clinician scientist in training.
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I had the opportunity to present research to a patient audience during the virtual PeDRA conference in 2020 regarding how itch affects children with chronic inflammatory skin disorders. Being able to have this platform and speak directly to patients and caregivers on such an important topic strengthened my interest in pediatric dermatology research immensely. I got to network with others during and after the event who are equally passionate about this work! It keeps me fueled to have these relationships.
Millie Fang, DOOregon Health & Science University
Being a part of PeDRA as a medical student opened my eyes to the collegiality and community that comes from mobilizing a group of driven, innovative individuals toward a common goal: improving skin diseases in children.