Welcome Message – YWSPID Chairs
Welcome and thanks for visiting the YWSPID page.
We are honored and proud to be working alongside our taskforce members to take WSPID’s global YWSPID program to the next level. YWSPID is a hub for young (& the young at heart!) infectious disease specialists, pediatricians, clinical officers, nurses, and other professionals working in Peds ID.
YWSPID was launched at a virtual session during the WSPID 2022 online congress and is now actively working through its taskforces – the Mentorship & Research Collaboration. YWSPID also plays an instrumental voice on WSPID’s Education Committee through the Online portal and Journal club initiatives.
The WSPID mentorship program set up by YWSPID’s Mentorship taskforce aims to enable the development of a long-term mentorship relationship to promote career development and collaboration and provide individual support & advice on career opportunities for the mentee in all resource settings. So far, we’ve been able to match close to 70 mentees & mentors.
With many global disparities making it hard for Peds ID health professionals to access mentorship opportunities, ongoing medical education or simply networking with colleagues, WSPID decided to create an online platform which was launched in 2021. We’re working hard to ensure that the platform offers the content and opportunities that will benefit those starting out in the Peds ID journey.
YWSPID has contributed to numerous webinars, online resources, and journal clubs, and we invite you to explore WSPID’s exciting online portal here education.wspid.org. The journal club especially is a fun and interactive initiative co-led by YWSPID, the WSPID Education Committee, and volunteers from the regional PID societies under the auspices of WSPID. We invite you to consider volunteering to present at future Journal Clubs. We will assist you through all steps of the preparation!
Explore the resources available to you on education.wspid.org We welcome your feedback so please do drop us a line to let us know how we’re doing! We will also be sending you regular updates and invite you to sign up to this mailing list
Last but not least, the global PedsID community is meeting in Durban from 14 to 17 November 2023 and we invite you to join us! In addition to WSPID 2023 being a fabulous education event and an unparallel networking experience, we will also be organizing a fun social event for YWSPID members! Learn more about WSPID 2023 here
In the meantime, if you are on social media, join the global #PedsID community on Twitter – follow us and join the conversations!
Lilly Verhagen and Harsha Lochan
Chair and Co-Chair, YWSPID