2021 AAAAI Virtual Annual Meeting
AAAAI Annual Meeting

Chrysalis Project

The Chrysalis Project was designed to provide U.S. and Canadian medical students and internal medicine and/or pediatric residents an opportunity to explore a career in Allergy/Immunology (A/I).

To qualify for the Chrysalis Project applicants become official members of the AAAAI. Applicants must be an AAAAI member or have submitted an application for membership prior to applying for the award. The membership application links are as follows:

•    Medical Student Member
•    Resident Member

Applicants must also fall into one of the following categories in order to be consider for the program:

•    MD PhD students during research training years
•    Medical students in their final year of training (4th)
•    1st year in IM, Peds or MedPeds
•    2nd year residents in IM, Peds or MedPeds, particularly those without an AI training program at their institution
•    3rd year MedPeds resident or 3rd year IM or Peds resident who is participating in a Chief year at their institution

Participant selection is based on research experience, publications, presentations, a career goals statement and letter of recommendation. Accepted abstract submissions and their ranking will be taken into consideration. Eligible applicants who are the first author on an abstract accepted for oral presentation will be automatically accepted to the Chrysalis Project. Otherwise, abstracts will not guarantee acceptance in the program. Individuals who were previously selected for the Chrysalis Project are not eligible to participate in the program a second time.

The virtual Chrysalis Project program will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2021 to avoid conflicting with the AAAAI Virtual Annual Meeting sessions. The program includes a half day program with didactic lectures and hot topic discussions presented by A/I faculty followed by the Career Paths in Allergy/Immunology session created for fellows, residents, medical students and Chrysalis Project participants. The didactic content includes both pathogenesis and treatment of allergic and immunologic disorders and innovative research. Additionally, A/I career session will include academic medicine, private practice, government and industry. Participants will be paired with Fellow-in-Training (FIT) mentors who can answer questions about the specialty and guide them through the Virtual Annual Meeting educational sessions and events. For 2021, participants will also be matched with an A/I faculty mentor in lieu of the in person networking reception. Selected participants will also receive complimentary registration to the 2021 AAAAI Virtual Annual Meeting taking place February 26-March 1, 2021.

The application for the Chrysalis Project was open from August 13-October 26, 2020. Applicants selected will be notified mid-December. Please note, applications are not accepted after the deadline and all programming is closed to other meeting attendees.

For further information regarding the Chrysalis Project, please contact Mari Durán at mduran@aaaai.org.

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