In Training Member Committee

in-training member committee


The primary initiative of the In Training Member Committee (ITMC) is to establish SRI as hosts for trainees throughout the Annual Meeting and beyond. The ITMC will strive to provide resources related to presenting your science, Society networking opportunities, grant opportunities and more. The committee is responsible for Annual Meeting programming such as Connection Corners and makes a year- round effort to provide support and connect trainees with fellow trainees in order to build a strong network early on in their career. The ITMC also works with other committees such as the Career Development committee, Grants committee, Membership and Nominations committee, and more to support trainees in other initiatives throughout SRI.


Committee Members

Chair: Jessica Garcia de Paredes, MD- Rutgers University
Past Chair: Mike Strug, DO, PhD- Stanford University
Virginia Cheung, PhD- University of California, San Diego
Begum Aydogan Mathyk, MD- University of South Florida
Serena Gumusoglu, PhD- University of Iowa
Andrea Joseph- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Brenda Narice, PhD (International Representative)- Sheffield NHS Teaching Hospitals, United Kingdom
German Alberto Arenas Menendez (International Representative) - Universidad de O'Higgins, Chile
Jaime Roura Monllor, MD, MS- Uniformed University of the Health Sciences
Staff liaison: Jordan Addison

Composition and Appointment

The ideal size for this committee would be 6-10 members. The ITMC meets monthly, and committee members can expect to dedicate about 6-8 hours per year toward participating.  In order to best represent and serve trainees, appointments of ITMs shall be distributed throughout other relevant SRI committees- Chairs will be on the SRI Council and the Grants committee and Co-Chairs (1 year term) will be on the Membership and Nominations Committee. ITMs should be present on the following committees: DEI, 365, Career Development and others (as needed). The ITMC is also encouraged to meet in-person during the Annual Meeting, as coordinators of the Connection Corners event.


  • Participate in group discussion and provide direction for feedback and input from a trainee’s perspective
  • Organize Connection Corners- determine number of tables, table topics and speakers
  • Gather and connect with trainees at Annual Meetings
  • Collaborate with other SRI committees as needed, to ensure that the In Training Members will be set up for success in the next phase(s) of their career
  • Provide input and suggestions for Society initiatives and programming that would benefit trainees or SRI membership at large

Committee Work

Connection Corners
Annual Meeting Trainee Hangout
SRI website, In-Training Member page

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