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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
        • Medical Education
        • 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 is now open and will close February 15, 2016 at 5pm EST. To start an application please click here. 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.

    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 2015 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.


    Britt Anderson, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. "Differential Gene Expression in Individuals with Lymphatic Filaraisis after Treatment, and the Development of Adverse Events." Mentor: Gary Weil, MD, FIDSA.


    Brandon Berger, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. "Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Treatment with Meglumine Antimoniate and Miltefosine in the Pediatric Population in Colombia." Mentor: Allison Bartlett, MD.


    Sushma Boppana, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL. "The Impact of HIV Adaptation on Vaccine Induced CD8T Cell Responses." Mentor: Paul Goepfert, MD.


    Paul Bourdillon, Yale School of Medicine, New Have, CT. "A Five-Year Retrospective Cohort Study of Delays in Diagnosis and Treatment of Tuberculosis in Three High-Burden Prisons in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil." Mentor: Albert Ko, MD, FIDSA


    Nicholas Brazeau, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC. "Mapping Cholorquine Resistant in Plasmodium vivax." Mentor: Jonathan Juliano, MD, MSPH, DTM&H.


    Kayla Briggs, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO. "Enterovirus D68 Illness in Hospitalized Children under 2 Years of Age." Mentor: Jennifer Schuster, MD, MSCI.


    Ignacio Cerdena, Yale School of Medicine, New Have, CT. "Developing a Community Health Worker TB Screening Intervention and Testing its Effectiveness in a Latin American Prison: A Quasi-Experimental Trial." Mentor: Frederick Altice, MD, MA.


    Cody Cichowitz, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. "Understanding the Patient Experience in HIV Care After Hospital Discharge in South Africa." Mentor" Chris Hoffmann, MD, MPH.


    Emily Coleman, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. "Effectiveness of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in Clinical Practice: A Case-Control Study." Mentor: Eugene Shapiro, MD, FIDSA.


    Chanelle Diaz, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL. "Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality and the Association with Antiretroviral Exposure in a Cohort of HIV-Infected Patients from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2000-2010." Mentor: Jesse Clark, MD, MSc.


    Carey Downey, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. "Gonorrhea Outbreak in Northern Utah - Associated Social Factors Contributing to the Epidemic." Mentor: Claudia Goulston, MD.


    Robert Flick, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO "Evaluating the Feasibility and Impact of Community Health Worker-driven Intensified Case Finding on Tuberculosis Case Finding and Treatment Among HIV-infected Pregnant Women Enrolled in Option B+ in Central Malawi." Mentor: Michael Herce, MD, MPH.


    Hilary Flippo, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL. "A comparison of HSV-2 viral shedding in African Americans vs. Caucasians." Mentor: Nicholas Van Wagoner, MD, PhD.


    Andrew Flynn, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO. "Barriers to Care Among Ugandan Patients Presenting with an AIDS-Defining Illness." Mentor: David Boulware, MD, MPH, CTropMed.


    Jeremy Gold, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. "Bacterial Vaginosis and Mucosal Immunity in the Context of HIV & HSV- 2 Infection." Mentor: Marla Keller, MD, FIDSA


    Ayako Wendy Fujita, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. "Antimicrobial Resistance in Blood Isolates at a Tertiary Hospital in Uganda and the Urgent Need for Standardized Reporting and a National Surveillance Program." Mentor: Joshua Rhein, MD.


    Paul George, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. "Intimate Partner Violence, High Risk Sexual Behaviors, and HIV among Male Sex Workers in Lima, Peru." Mentor: Jesse Clark, MD, MSc.


    Bryna Harrington, University of North Carolina - School of medicine, Chapel Hill, NC. "Safety, Suppression, Second-line and Survival among HIV+ Pregnant Women in Malawi." Mentor: Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH.


    John Haydek, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. "The Importance of Gut Flora Diversity in Treatment of Clostridium difficile Infection via Fecal Microbiota Transplant." Mentor: Colleen Kraft, MD, MSc.


    Danielle Hron, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN. "Effectiveness of Screening and Decolonization of Stapylococcus aureus in Surgery Outpatients." Mentor: Susan Kline, MD, MPH.


    Monika Jelic, University of Washington School of Medicine, Spokane, WA. "The Use of Antibiotics with Activity Against Gram Negative Bacteria in Pediatric Populations." Mentor: Danielle Zerr, MD, MPH.


    Nikeshan Jeyakumar, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL. "Prevalence of Coccidioidomycosis in a Population of Organ Donors at a Single Organ Procurement Organization." Mentor: Peter Chin-Hong, MD.


    Nona Jiang, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA. "Geohelminth Infection, Systemic Cytokine Production, and Neurocognitive Development in Bangladeshi Children." Mentor: William Petri, MD, PhD, FIDSA.


    Wallace Jones, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO. "UTIDecide: Mobile Decision Support to Reduce Overtreatment of Bacteriuria in Long Term Care Residents." Mentor: Barbara Trautner, MD, PhD, FIDSA.


    Noah Kojima, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Los Angeles, CA. "Investigating Bacterial Vaginosis and Bacteriophage in Mysore, India." Mentor: Jeffrey Klausner, MD, MPH.


    Anna Kress, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons New York, NY. "The Role of Bile Acids on Colonization with Carbapenam-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) After Liver Transplantation." Mentor: Anne-Catrin Uhlemann, MD, PhD.


    Leila Kutob, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC. "Effectiveness of Oral Antimicrobial Agents for Definitive Therapy of Gram-Negative Bloodstream Infections." Mentor: Majdi Al-Hasan, MD.


    Nathan Lo, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA. "Cost-Effectiveness of Urine Pooling Methodology for Diagnosis of Schistosomiasis." Mentor: Jason Andrews, MD, SM, DMT&H.


    Matthew Marcott, University of Pittsburgh - School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. "Epidemiology and Outcomes of Intra-abdominal Candidiasis." Mentor: Paschalis Vergidis, MD.


    Alyssa Mezochow, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. "Pharmacokinetic Modeling and Simulation of Rifampician Dosing Strategies in the Treatment of Tuberculosis Meningitis." Mentor: Christopher Vinnard, MD, MPH&TM, MSCE.


    Lea Monday, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI. "Recognition of Clinically Significant Drug Interactions Among HIV Positive Outpatients on Antiretroviral Therapy." Mentor: Jennifer Veltman, MD.


    Jeremy Mudd, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI. "Variance in Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Smear-Negative Tuberculosis at a Teaching Hospital in Ghana." Mentor: Awewura Kwara, MD, MPH&TM.


    Brittney Mull, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC. "Linkage to Care and Retention of HIV Infected Patients Aged 50 and Older." Mentor: Celia Maxwell, MD.


    Cameron Myers, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO. "A Quality Improvement Initiative to Decrease Unnecessary Streptococcal Antigen Testing in an Urban Pediatric Emergency Department." Mentor: Angela Myers, MD, MPH.


    William Perry, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. "Assessing Nephrotoxicity of Concomitant Vancomycin and Poperacillin/Tazobactam Therapy." Mentor: Keith Kaye, MD, MPH, FIDSA.


    Gianmarco Raddi, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. "Cost-Benefit Evaluation and Uptake Rate Analysis of Homeless Influenza Immunization in the 2015/2016 Season." Mentor: Judith Currier, MD, FIDSA.


    Anu Ramachandran, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. "Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of CRAG-LFA Screening to Reduce Cryproccal Mortality Among People Living with HIV in Uganda." Mentor: Maunank Shah, MD, PhD.


    Pranav Reddy, The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence, RI. "Evaluating a Practice-Based Approach for Improving Engagement with HIV care in Rhode Island." Mentor: Aadia Rana, MD.


    David Schaffer, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC. "Clinical Management of Syphilis Serofast Individuals in South China." Mentor: Joseph Tucker, MD, PhD, MA.


    Nathan Scheiner, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN. "Correlating HIV Knowledge and Risk Behaviors Among Adolescent Males in Minneapolis-Saint Paul." Mentor: Meghan Rothenberger, MD.


    Emily Martin Scott, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. "Molecular Epidemiology and Spatial Analysis of RSV and HMPV Transmission in Rural Nepal." Mentor: Janet Englund, MD, FIDSA.


    Aaron Shapiro, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI. "Developing a Model Hepatitis C Program Embedded within a Non-Profit Methadone Maintenance Program." Mentor: Lynn Taylor, MD.


    R Gina Silverstein, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. "Factors Affecting Utilization of Medical Teleparasitology Among Trained Medical Technologists in Cordillera Administrative Region, Philippines." Mentor: Peter Veldkamp, MD, MSc.


    David Smyth, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT. "Targeting HIV-1 Cellular Reservoirs." Mentor: Adam Spivak, MD.


    Allison Stickles, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR. "Efficacy of Whole-Cell Plasmodium falciparum Vaccines in a Malaria Human Challenge Model." Mentor: M. Juliana McElrath, MD, PhD, FIDSA.


    Akanksha Vaidya, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY. "Predictive Value of a TB-Symptom Screen in HIV Infected and HIV Unifected Pregnant Women in Pune, India." Mentor: Jyoti Mathad, MD, MSc.


    Adam Verhoef, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA. "Molecular Methods for Diagnosing Asymptomatic Leishmaniasis." Mentor: Mary Wilson, MD.


    Christina Warner, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN. "Effectiveness of Screening and Decolonization of S. aureus in Surgery Outpatients." Mentor: Susan Kline, MD, MPH.


    Jason Ya, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. "Impact of Iron Transplant on HIV-Associated Immune Activation and Neurocognitive Impairment: a CNS HIV Antiretroviral Therapy Effects (CHARTER) Study." Mentor: Asha Kallianpur, MD, MPH.


    William Yang, Duke University, Durham, NC. "Biomakers in the Host Response to Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) Infection." Mentor: Ephraim Tsalik, MD, MHS, PhD.


    Sophie Zhao, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN. "Use of Antibiotics and Antivirals in Community Dwelling Children with Acute Respiratory Illness." Mentor: Helen Talbot, MD, MPH.




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