The PIDS Training Program Committee (TPC) consists of 20 volunteer members whose main goals are to enhance training of Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellows and serve as a resource for fellowship program directors. Our committee achieves these goals in several ways, and we have continued to evolve in order to address trainees’ and Program Directors’ (PDs) needs as they arise.

Each year, the TPC develops annual ID Week Fellows’ Day curricula in order to foster professional development among fellows, educate fellows/residents via case presentations and career planning sessions, and attract promising talent into Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship programs. Specifically, the committee: a) reviews and selects fellow and resident cases for presentation and potential publication in JPIDS, b) organizes and facilitates career planning presentations and round-table discussions (taking into account yearly attendee feedback), and c) organizes fellow-focused networking events, such as the fellows’ happy hour. In the last 2 years, our committee has also committed to providing feedback to applicants whose cases were not selected for Fellows’ day. This has been an important undertaking by the committee to sort, collate, and synthesize constructive feedback from reviewers to fellows. The goal is to provide timely constructive feedback to enrich presentation skills.

Prior to ID Week 2018, the TPC sought volunteers from the PIDS board, Education committee, and other leaders in the field to attend all trainee posters. This was the first attempt to systematically ensure that every trainees’ poster was visited and received in person feedback. This one-on-one experience also provided an opportunity for networking. The committee received significant real-time appreciation from the trainees, and the committee plans to continue this new tradition at ID Week 2019. The TPC is always looking for volunteers to be a part of this effort. If you are interested, please reach out to Christy Philips or myself.

Program Directors are also an important focus of the TPC. Over the years, the TPC has met annually with PD’s at ID Week to discuss issues related to the match, accreditation, workforce development, recruitment, fellowship start date, Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) milestones reporting, development of entrustable professional activities alongside the American Board of Pediatrics, and various other curricula endeavors. Additionally, the TPC has hosted intermittent webinars with PDs to discuss issues related to training programs, reporting requirements, and educational research opportunities. Our subspecialty is fortunate to have an engaged group of PDs who are interested in improving graduate medical education and work hard to ensure that our trainees receive optimal training in our field. In an effort to help fellows navigate fellowship training, the fellowship survival guide was developed by members of the TPC and promoted to both PDs directly as well as a broader audience of infectious diseases physicians at ID Week. Additionally, a fellowship PD guide was developed with members of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) to serve as a useful tool for new and seasoned PDs.

Over the last year, the TPC worked to update the directory of PID training programs on the PIDS website and made recommendations regarding content on the website to bring uniformity to each programs’ webpage. Additionally, the TPC sent a letter to pediatric residency PDs to encourage their pediatric residents to visit the PIDS program directory website.

Finally, as the Chair of the TPC, I serve as the PIDS liaison to the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS). This council is made up of representatives from every pediatric subspecialty, AAP, ABP, AMSPDC, APA, APPD, and other stakeholders to address issues that concern all pediatric subspecialties. Topics that are discussed at CoPS meetings are disseminated to PIDS through the TPC to the PIDS leadership, PDs, and other PIDS members. Some topics that have been recently addressed include: pediatric subspecialty workforce, uniform match date and fellowship start date, updating ACGME milestone requirements, and research and professional development opportunities. I would like to take a moment to express a note of gratitude to all former and current TPC members and all former and current PDs. Without your hard work and dedication, we would have no training programs and thus, no trainees.

Angela Myers MD, MPH
Chair, Training Program Committee