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  • Medical Scholars Program

    An important part of IDSA’s mission is to promote the subspecialty of infectious diseases by attracting the best and brightest medical students to the field. To further this goal, the IDSA Education and Research Foundation offers scholarships to medical students in U.S. and Canadian medical schools with mentorship by an IDSA member or fellow. It is the responsibility of IDSA members and fellows to identify and solicit interested students.

    Award Amount

    Each scholarship recipient will receive $2,000: $1,500 to be disbursed in April/May, with the remaining $500 awarded at the conclusion of the project and submission of a final report to IDSA.  Recipients are also given complimentary IDSA membership. 

    How to Apply

    Complete applications must include the following:  

      • Projects should be classified as belonging to one of the following categories:
        • Clinical Infectious Diseases Preceptorship
        • Clinical Research
        • Epidemiology
        • International Health
        • Laboratory Research
        • Prevention
      • Cover letter from applicant indicating reasons for applying for the scholarship and an explanation of work/study being planned (to include location and duration of the activity). Cover letters should not exceed two pages in length.  
      • Letter from IDSA member/fellow serving as mentor/preceptor. Letters should not exceed two pages in length.  

    Applicants should carefully review the eligibility requirements before applying to the Medical Scholars Program.

    The application system has now closed for 2015. Please direct all questions to

    Applications will be judged and selected based on the positive exposure to the field of infectious diseases provided by the planned scholarship activity.

    All applications must be submitted by close of business (5pm EST) on February 6, 2015. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

    Applicants will be notified of the award decisions by mid-April.


    IDSA is pleased to announce the 2014 Medical Scholars. The Medical Scholars Program was established in 2002 and has awarded over 500 medical students interested in the sub-specialty of infectious diseases the opportunity to pursue independent clinical or research activities outside their institutional program and explore the field of infectious diseases. It helps attract the best and brightest to the field by giving medical students a first-hand look at the challenges and opportunities of working in infectious disease.


    Breona Barr, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

    "Implementation of Oral and Self-Collected Rectal Swabs for N. gonorrhoeae and C. trachomatis Detection as a Component of Local Health Department Outreach Testing" Mentor: Laura Bachmann, MD, MPH, FIDSA


    Nicolas Berlon, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

    "Type, Quantity, and Prevalence of Phenol Soluble Modulin Gene Products in Geographically Matched MRSA Isolates from Patients with Endocarditis, Hospital/Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia, and Complicated Skin and Soft Tissue Infection" Mentor: Vance Fowler, MD, MHS


    Tyler Burnett, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

    "Community Viral load as a Biomarker for Targeted Prevention in Nebraska" Mentor: Uriel Sandkovsky, MD


    Sydni Coleman, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

    "Identifying the Demographics of the HCV Epidemic Among Adolescent and Young Adult Intravenous Drug Users Through a Syringe Exchange Program" Mentor: Judith Feinburg, MD


    Jonathan Dyal, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

    "Seroepidemiology of Zoonotic Disease in Hoima, Uganda" Mentor: Joshua Rhein, MD


    Rebecca Edwards, Northwestern University Feinburg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

    "Entry and Immunomodulation: The Potential Dual Roles of the HVEM Receptor in Ocular Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Infections" Mentor: William Muller MD, PhD


    Dora Friedman, University of California - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

    "A Comprehensive Survey of Microbiology/ Infectious Diseases Curricula Among All U.S. Medical Schools" Mentor: Brian Schwartz, MD


    Matthew Givens, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

    "Development of a Phage Display System for Analysis for Strain-Specific Immunity to Plasmodium Vivax" Mentor: Jonathan Juliano, MD, MSPH, DTM&H


    Maurice Hajjar, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI

    "Morbidity and Mortality of Hospitalized HIV-Infected Adults in the Era of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy at a Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana" Mentor: Awewura Kwara, MB.ChB, MPH


    Rachel Hensel, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

    "Blood Glucose Levels, Diabetes Mellitus, and Latent Tuberculosis Infection" Mentor: Russell Kempker, MD, MSc


    Christopher Hergott, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    "Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) as a Novel Intervention for Influenza-Induced Pneumococcal Pathogenesis during Nasopharyngeal Carriage" Mentor: Jeffrey Weiser, MD


    Daniel Huck, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

    "The Role of HIV and Auto-antibodies among Patients with Rheumatic Heart Disease: A Case-control Study" Mentor: Robert Salata, MD


    Abby Johnson, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    "Household Observation of MRSA in the Environment" Mentor: Stephanie Fritz, MD, MSCI


    Raaka Kumbhakar, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

    "Evolving Epidemiology of 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Adult Inpatients from 2009 to Present at Columbia University Medical Center" Mentor: E. Yoko Furuya, MD, MSc


    Jacob Lemieux, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

    "Evolutionary Dynamics and Natural Selection in B. microti through Whole-genome Sequencing of Clinical Infections" Mentor: Eric Rosenberg, MD


    Julia Liebner, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

    "Provider Performance of Routine HIV Testing in an Urban Safety Net Hospital System" Mentor: Ann Avery, MD


    Kelsey Loeliger, Yale University School of Medicine and School of Public Health, New Haven, CT

    "Understanding Why HIV-positive Patients Eligible for Antiretroviral Therapy Fail to Initiate Treatment: A Qualitative Study in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa" Mentor: Sheela Shenoi, MD, MPH


    Brandon Maust, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    "Impact of Pneumocystis jirovecii Infection in NUCU Infants" Mentor: Lisa Frenkel, MD


    Hong Loan Nguyen, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA

    "Comparison of Pro-inflammatory Activity of Hemozoin from Different Malaria Species" Mentor: Jose Stoute, MD


    Aaron Richterman, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    "Determining the Potential Pool of HIV Positive Organs in a Major Urban Center" Mentor: Emily Blumberg, MD, FIDSA


    Patrick Sanger, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    "Evaluation for the Clinical Validity and Utility of Patient-Reported Data Collected by a Novel Post-Discharge Wound Tracking mHealth Application" Mentor: Paul Pottinger, MD


    Daniel Sedhom, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

    "Utilization and Knowledge of HIV Testing in Adolescents" Mentor: Roberto Santos, MD


    Daniel Silva, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

    "Social Determinants of Prevention of HIV/AIDs & HIV/AIDs-associated Complications" Mentor: Jesse Clark, MD


    Madeleine Sowash, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

    "Whole-genome Sequencing of Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae Bloodstream Isolates from a Tertiary Care Hospital" Mentor: Anne-Catrin Uhlemann, MD, PhD


    Hansel Tookes, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

    "Cost of Hospitalizations Related to Injection Drug Use at Jackson Memorial Hospital (Miami Florida)" Mentor: Susanne Doblecki-Lewis, MD



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