Glenn Flores, MD (Director)
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Holtz Children’s Hospital, Jackson Health System
Fernando S. Mendoza, MD, MPH (Co-Director)
Stanford University School of Medicine
National Advisory Committee
V. Faye Jones, MD, PhD, MSPH
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Michael DeBaun, MD, MPH
Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine
Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Jason A. Mendoza, MD, MPH
Fred Hutch/UW Cancer Consortium
Jean Raphael, MD, MPH
Texas Children's Hospital
Jason Wang, MD, PhD
PIDS National Advisors
Anthony Flores, MD, MPH, PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHPR
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Bonnie Maldonado, MD
Octavio Ramilo, MD
Nationwide Children's Hospital
RAPID targets young scholars (residents, fellows, and junior faculty) who identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM), disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background, and who are committed to a career in academic general pediatrics.
This initiative began in 2012 funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and continues to receive support through this mechanism, providing mentorship and research opportunities to young scholars with specific interests in pediatric obesity, nutrition, and/or sickle cell disease, in addition to other NIDDK research areas (R25DK096944). In 2021, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) joined the initiative to support young scholars dedicated to the treatment, control and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children.
The program funds:
Learn more about RAPID’s successful support of UIM scholars:
Flores G, Mendoza F, Brimacombe MB, Frazier W 3rd. Program Evaluation of the Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID): Impact on Career Development and Professional Society Diversity. Acad Med. 2021;96(4):549-556. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003531. PMID: 32496290.
Gordon, C.M., Hostetter, M.K. & DeBaun, M.R. Academic pipeline initiatives in pediatrics. Pediatr Res (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41390-021-01615-2
The 2023 APA Call for Applications will open in early July 2022. Stay tuned!
Hear from past Scholars about their experience with RAPID!
2020 RAPID Scholar: Rochelle Cason-Wilkerson, MD, MPH
2020 RAPID Scholar: Michelle Bent, MD
2020 RAPID Scholar: Eileen Chaves, PhD