Meetings & Events

2021 Pediatric Residents Program


Application Deadline: February 15


CARRA is a North American-based research organization of over 550 pediatric rheumatology investigators spanning more than 115 clinical practice sites. More than 95% of all board certified Pediatric Rheumatologists are members of CARRA. CARRA’s providers treat and study patients with all pediatric diseases such as JIA, lupus, dermatomyositis, localized scleroderma, systemic sclerosis, vasculitis, fibromyalgia, Kawasaki’s Disease, PFAPA, Sjögren’s Syndrome, CRMO, in addition to other auto-inflammatory diseases.

In the United States, 300,000 children are afflicted with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions, yet there are only (~360) pediatric rheumatologists across the country available to care for these children and half of children with rheumatic disease are seen by adult providers. To address the shortage of pediatric rheumatologists and to expose pediatric residents to the field of pediatric rheumatology, CARRA and the Arthritis Foundation are offering the Pediatric Residents Program.

CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM)

The CARRA Annual Meeting brings together physicians, scientific investigators, nurses, research coordinators, patients/caregivers, in addition to senior leadership from CARRA and the Arthritis Foundation. The meeting is primarily a working meeting, designed for groups to be able to meet in order to collaborate to prioritize and facilitate research projects. All attendees actively participate in various phases of research development in large committee meetings as well as many smaller topic-focused workgroups. Plenary sessions highlighting the latest and most important topics in research are also integral to the meeting program.

The goals of the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Pediatric Residents Program of CARRA’s ASM are to:

  • Provide pediatric residents with access to the broad pediatric rheumatologic community through participation in CARRA’s Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Encourage interested pediatric residents to consider pediatric rheumatology as a subspecialty, thus improve patient access to pediatric rheumatologists.
  • Introduce Pediatric Residents to the resources of the Arthritis Foundation.

Programming Open to Pediatric Resident Participants

Traditionally, CARRA and the Arthritis Foundation provide funding for Pediatric Residents to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting in person. This year the event will be held virtually with activities taking place beginning in January and leading up to the two day meeting on April 16 and 17. The Pediatric Residents primary session will be held on March 18, and residents are encouraged to register for and attend any/all Committee and Workgroup meetings of interest to them. Below is a schedule of programming available for Pediatric Residents:

Pediatric Resident Session

  • Thursday, March 18, 7:30-9:00pm ET
    • Introduction to CARRA and the Arthritis Foundation by the CARRA President, Emily von Scheven
    • Fellowship Program Director and Fellows Panels

CARRA ASM Programming open to Pediatric Residents*

  • Thursday, January 28, 6:00-8:45pm: Fellows Meeting
  • January-February: Committee Meetings
  • February-March: Workgroup Meetings
  • April 16-17: 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting  

Click here to view the full schedule of meetings.

Registration Process

To register for the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Pediatric Residents Program, you will need to complete two steps.

Step 1. Complete the Pediatric Resident Program sign-up form*.

The sign up form collects:

  1. Your contact information
  2. The name and email address of a current CARRA Member and/or other pediatric rheumatology mentor who supports your participation in this program and membership in CARRA.
  3. Your CV
  4. A personal statement: This should consist of less than one page describing yourself, your career goals, and reasons you would like to attend and participate in the CARRA meeting.

*Submitting your application to the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Pediatric Residents Program includes applying for CARRA membership as a Trainee member. Membership is free for Trainees. Your Pediatric Residents Program sign-up materials will serve as your membership application. You do not need to submit a separate membership application.

Step 2. Register for the Annual Scientific Meeting

To ensure maximum opportunity to engage with ASM attendees, register by February 15.

The CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Partnership

The Arthritis Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of CARRA since its inception and is our premier partner in support of our research to improve outcomes for children with rheumatic diseases.

To learn more about the Arthritis Foundation, visit

To learn more about CARRA, visit


For any questions about CARRA’s Pediatric Residents Program or application, please contact CARRA’s Assistant Executive Director, Jen Kowalski [email protected].