AAAAI Chrysalis Project

If you are a medical students and internal medicine and/or pediatric residents in the U.S. or Canada, your future includes a big decision about the path you choose.

The Chrysalis Project presents a great opportunity to explore a career in allergy / immunology. The core of the project is a program that takes place during the AAAAI Annual Meeting, the premier allergy / immunology event of the year. And the best news is that accepted applicants attend this program and the Annual Meeting free of charge.

The Program
Allergy / immunology represents a vibrant, challenging career path for physicians interested in working with patients of all ages with a wide range of allergic and immunologic diseases. This three day program introduces you to the breadth of this rewarding specialty.

The didactic content of the Chrysalis program includes both pathogenesis and treatment of allergic and immunologic disorders and cutting edge research. Additionally, A/I career options are presented including academic medicine, private practice and industry. Participants are paired with Fellow-in-Training (FIT) mentors who can answer questions about the specialty and guide them through the Annual Meeting educational sessions and events.

Chrysalis Project registration takes place late on Thursday.

Friday includes a half day of didactic lectures presented by A/I faculty, followed by access to an afternoon of your choice of Annual Meeting sessions. The environment is interactive and informal allowing participants to ask questions and interface with A/I faculty. Included in this half day program is a participant, FIT mentor and Chrysalis Faculty luncheon. Participants are also invited to attend the President/President-Elect Reception later that evening.

On Saturday, spend the day at the AAAAI Annual Meeting with access to hundreds of sessions including workshops, symposia, seminars and oral abstracts being presented by the leading experts in the specialty. Then join your peers in a Chrysalis Reception where you will have additional opportunities to meet with A/I training Program Directors, Chrysalis faculty and the FIT Mentors.

The Application Process
Applicants that are eligible for this opportunity must fall into one of the following categories.

a. Medical students (MD/PhD program highest and exclude 1st year medical students)

b. 1st year and 2nd year internal medicine and pediatric residents

c.  1st, 2nd and 3rd year med/peds residents

Please note since the Chrysalis Project is a recruitment program, priority is given to medical students and residents who are unsure of their career path, rather than recommend 2nd year residents who are already committed to applying for Allergy/Immunology fellowship.

Participant selection is based on research experience, publications, presentations and a career goals statement. Accepted abstracts will not guarantee acceptance in the program. Accepted abstract submissions and their ranking will be taken into consideration. An oral abstract will result in an automatic acceptance to the Chrysalis Project for a medical student, a 1st year internal medicine and pediatric resident and 1st or 2nd year med/peds resident only.

Travel, accommodations for 3 nights and a $250 expense stipend (to cover reasonable expenses for meals and ground transportation) are provided. Accepted participants will be asked to submit a personal photo for match program.

2016 Program Schedule
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, March 3
Chrysalis Project Participant Registration: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Friday, March 4
Chrysalis Didactic Program: 7:30 am to 12:00 pm
Luncheon with FIT Mentors: 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm
President/President-Elect Reception: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 5
Chrysalis Reception: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm    

For more information on the Chrysalis Project, contact Mari Durán or (414) 272-6071.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology