If you are a medical student or an internal medicine and/or pediatric resident 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.
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, participants will attend a careers path session with other medical students/residents and then 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. Later in the evening participants will have the opportunity to network with A/I training Program Directors, program faculty, FIT Mentors and the Chrysalis Project Chairs/Workgroup and members of AAAAI Board of Directors during the Chrysalis Reception.
The Application Process
The 2020 Chrysalis Project application scheduled to open on August 1, 2019 through October 25, 2019. Once opened, the application can be access by visiting the AAAAI Annual Meeting website Awards and Scholarship page.
To qualify for the Chrysalis Project applicants become official members of the AAAAI. The membership application can be found using the following links. Applicants must be an AAAAI member or have submitted an application for membership prior to applying for the award:
*Please note selected individual are required to attend all of the events listed above in order to participant in the Chrysalis Project program. Individuals who were previously selected for the Chrysalis Project are not eligible to participate in the program a second time.
• 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 at research stage or beyond
• 3rd and 4th year medical students
• 1st year or 2nd year residents in IM, Peds or MedPeds
• 3rd year MedPeds residents
Please note since the Chrysalis Project is a recruitment program, prioritization will be given to medical students and junior residents who are unsure of their career path, rather than senior residents who are already committed to applying for Allergy/Immunology fellowship. These resident applications will still be reviewed and considered for any open slots. Individuals who were previously selected for the Chrysalis Project are not eligible to participate in the program a second time.
Participant selection is based on research experience, publications, presentations and a career goals statement. 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.
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.
2020 Chrysalis Project Program Schedule
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Chrysalis Project Participant Registration: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday, March 13, 2020
Chrysalis Didactic Program: 7:30 am to 12:35 pm
Luncheon with FIT Mentors and Faculty: 12:35 pm to 1:45 pm
President/President-Elect Reception: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Careers Paths in Allergy and Immunology: 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Chrysalis Reception with FIT Mentors and Faculty: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Allergy / immunology represents a vibrant, challenging career path for physicians and allied health professionals interested in working with patients of all ages with a wide range of allergic and immunologic diseases. The AAAAI can guide you down your career path. Find out why these AAAAI members selected a career in allergy / immunology.
For more information on the Chrysalis Project, contact Mari Durán
or (414) 272-6071.