Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID)

Fall Mentoring and Career Development Conference

Academic Pediatric Association Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID) Supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

The APA RAPID Program accepts nominations (including self nominations) of young investigators to attend the conference (all expenses paid), which is held in early December, in Grapevine, Texas. A call for nominations will be distributed and posted to the APA website in late summer/early fall for the exciting conference. Eligible attendees include junior faculty, fellows, and residents who are members of an underrepresented minority group (URM), disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background, and who are committed to a career in academic general pediatrics. Up to five individuals will be selected to attend. Highlights of the conference include:

  • A panel discussion on keys to success for young investigators; the panel will consist of the RAPID National Advisory Committee (NAC), Director, and Co-Director, who are leading senior researchers and mentors in general pediatrics
  • A speed mentoring session in which participants get one-on-one mentoring from all members of the RAPID National Advisory Committee (NAC), Director, and Co-Director
  • Networking opportunities with leaders in the fields of health disparities, health services research, obesity, nutrition, sickle cell disease, and immigrant health
  • Developing a career development plan for academic success

The RAPID program held its inaugural Fall Mentoring and Career Development Conference in 2014 and it was a success! Don't miss out on this great opportunity; we look forward to hearing from you.

For questions, concerns or additional information, please contact the APA National Office at, (703) 556-9222.

RAPID Fall Mentoring and Career Development Conference Attendees

Norrell Atkinson, Children's National Health System
Lisa Ayoub-Rodriguez, Texas Tech Health Science Center - El Paso Children's Hospital
Omar Beckett, Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn
Edward Cruz, Zuckerberg San Francisco General
Vanessa Durand, Drexel College of Medicine/St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Enrique Escalante, Children's National Health System/Freddie Mac Child and Adolescent Protection Center
Brandi Freeman, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2016 RAPID Scholar)
Nia Heard-Garris, North Campus Research Complex
Kheyandra Lewis, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Colin Orr, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Alexandra Sims, Children's National Health System
Tyler Smith, Family Health Centers of Baltimore
Morgan Walls, Boston Medical Center (2016 RAPID Scholar)
Michelle White, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Danielle Arnold, Children's Hospital Colorado & Denver Health Medical Center
Nicole Brown, The University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
Juan Espinoza, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (2015 RAPID Scholar)
Cristina Fernandez, Columbia University Medical Center (2015 RAPID Scholar)
Kymberly Gonzalez, University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Cynthia Lopez, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Mikah Owen, University of Florida School of Medicine, Jacksonville
Kenya Parks, University Of Texas-Houston Medical School
Kimberly Reynolds, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Christopher Russell, Children's Hospital Los Angeles/Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Aisha Davis, Children's National Health System
Michelle Escala, University of Oklahoma, Health Science Center, Tulsa
Kofi Essel, Children's National Health Systems
Whitney Haddix, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Brian Hall, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine – Tulsa School of Community Medicine
Charron Johnson, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Suzanna Martinez, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco (2014 RAPID Scholar)
Thao-Ly Phan, Nemours Al DuPont Hospital for Children (2014 RAPID Scholar)
Ashaunta Tublin Anderson, University of California, Riverside
Jennifer Woo Baidal, Boston Children's Hospital (2014 RAPID Scholar)

Patricia Castillo, USC (2013 RAPID Scholar)
Rochelle Cason-Wilkerson, University of Colorado
Brandi Kaye Freeman, University of Colorado
Marquita Genies, University of North Carolina
Diana Naranjo, UCSF (2013 RAPID Scholar)
Adebowale Odulana, Medical University of South Carolina (2013 RAPID Scholar)
Candice Taylor-Lucas, UC Irvine
Raquel Vargas-Whale, University of Utah
Ingrid Walker-Descartes, Maimonides Medical Center/NYU

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