Career Development and Outreach

NIDUS is committed to providing mentorship and career development opportunities for trainees, junior faculty, or mid-career researchers new to the delirium field. These opportunities include a virtual mentorship program, an annual Delirium Boot Camp (see below), quarterly mentoring, and other lectures and training opportunities throughout the year.

NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp

Now moving into its 10th year, the Delirium Boot Camp is open to researchers from a variety of backgrounds, professions and research areas; however, the application process is selective due to the limited number of spots available each year. Currently, there are over 100 Delirium Boot Camp alumni. In addition, Boot Camp is an international affair - we've had the privilege to welcome international participants from Canada, Australia, the European Union and South America.

NIDUS 2021 Delirium Boot Camp

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 9th Annual NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp! We had a successful Boot Camp which explored the inter-relationship between delirium and ADRD. Jan Busby Whitehead MD and John Devlin PharmD co-directed the 2021 Boot Camp. Supported by the NIA (R13185760), 12 diverse researcher mentees from various professions and clinical settings, 4 junior faculty (prior Boot Camp alums) and 16 senior faculty researchers came together for two days of virtual sessions.

Held on November 8 and 9, senior faculty presented a number interactive delirium research-related didactic presentations, moderated networking sessions, provided CAM training, and facilitated a NIH-style mock review session. For those who were unable to attend this year's Boot Camp, we will post those sessions on this website in the coming weeks.

Learn the value of attending Boot Camp from a prior Attendee and current Faculty

NIDUS 2022 Delirium Boot Camp

Our 10th Annual NIDUS Delirium Boot Camp will take place Sunday, October 23, 2022 to Tuesday, October 25, 2022. Additional details forthcoming.

We will open applications for the 2022 Boot Camp in January 2022. Applications will be due in July 2022. For reference, you can find the most recent Boot Camp application here.

Also, we will update this page as information becomes available on the 2022 Boot Camp. In the meantime, please direct questions to Kristen Ruck.

About the Delirium Boot Camp

Boot Camp was founded in 2013 through a career development award to Dr. Sharon K. Inouye to establish the Center for Excellence for Delirium in Aging: Research, Training and Educational Enhancement (CEDARTREE). From 2016 to 2020, an NIA Network Grant (R24AG054259, PI Inouye) funded the Delirium Boot Camp, under leadership of Donna M. Fick, PhD, MSN, and E. Wes Ely, MD, MPH. Currently, the 2021-2025 Delirium Boot Camps are funded by the NIA (R13185760) and led by Jan-Busby-Whitehead, MD, MPH and John W. Devlin, PharmD.


The over-arching goal of the Boot Camp is developing a multidisciplinary pipeline of well-trained translational, epidemiologic and clinical delirium researchers. As such, it offers a mock grant review, in-depth training on use of the CAM, a number of breakout sessions and multiple didactic sessions covering a wide range of topics relevant to clinical and translational delirium research.

Organizing Committee

Co-chaired by Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD and John Devlin, PharmD, an Organizing Committee plans the NIDUS Boot Camp. You can find a full list of Organizing Committee members here.

Boot Camp Eligibility

Who is eligible to attend the Delirium Boot Camp? NIDUS designed Boot Camp for faculty and research fellows with previous research training and experience who plan to continue researching delirium. The following criteria determine eligibility:

  • Previous training in the fundamentals of clinical research
  • Previous research experience (minimum 1-2 years)
  • MD, PhD or other doctoral level degree (strong advanced predoctoral candidates in this area considered)
  • Interest and passion for delirium research
  • Must have 50% protected time for research
  • Once accepted, a willingness to devote 8-10 hours of advance preparation time for the Boot Camp (beyond application and proposal preparation)
Application Procedure

Helpful links for application proposal development:

Resources from Prior Boot Camps

Learn the value of attending Boot Camp from a prior Attendee and current Faculty

Mentoring Webinars

NIDUS hosts interactive mentoring webinars quarterly

Future webinars
  • January 26, 2022: NIDUS Career Development Award Research Mentoring Session (REGISTER HERE)
    Research Mentoring Session Flyer
  • February 16, 2022: NIDUS Mentoring Webinar: Being Truly Responsive: How to Win Over Your Reviewers
  • March 2022 (date TBD): Topic TBD
  • June 2022 (date TBD): Topic TBD
Past webinars
Disseminating Delirium Research Webinar Series (2020)
Other Recorded NIDUS Webinars