Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Contact us

Fellowship Coordinator
Lindsey Christ
pedsid@umn.edu 
612-626-2710

Program Overview

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases training program at the University of Minnesota prepares physician graduates of pediatric residency programs for board eligibility and academic careers in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Physician trainees pursue patient-oriented or laboratory research, develop medical education skills, and provide clinical subspecialty care to patients. Clinical rotations include two children's hospitals and emphasize training in diagnosis and management of common childhood infections, infections in the immunocompromised host, including inpatient and outpatient pediatric HIV care. Training is also open to post-doctoral PhD scientists in microbial pathogenesis and developmental immunology. Trainees wishing to pursue training in epidemiology or clinical trials may obtain a concurrent MPH degree in the School of Public Health.

Faculty are committed and experienced in research, education, and clinical care. Faculty members also provide services and collaborate with community-based health care organizations including the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Hennepin County Medical Center, regional health care maintenance organizations, and the Minnesota Department of Health.  Faculty members who work with fellows oversee nationally and internationally recognized research and clinical laboratories. Some faculty members hold joint appointments in other departments of the University of Minnesota, Medical School.

Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship training is carried out in collaboration with the Department Medicine's Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine. Shared training responsibilities and opportunities include research seminars and journal clubs.

Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Minnesota offers an excellent opportunity to develop the research, didactic, and clinical skills necessary for success in an academic or industry pediatric infectious diseases position. 

Eligibility & Application

Eligibility

Graduates of a 3-year ACGME accredited residency program are encouraged to apply.  Fellows are selected primarily on the basis of likely success in an academic career in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota utilizes the National Resident Matching Program's Specialties Matching Service (NRMP SMS).  The Program participates in the Pediatric Specialties Fall Match, (PSFM).

University of Minnesota eligibility requirements, as well as benefit and sample contract information, are available on the Graduate Medical Education website.

Application Instructions

To be considered by the fellowship selection committee, please apply through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). 

Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and submit the following required documents with the ERAS application:

  • 3 letters of recommendation from members of your faculty
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE transcript
  • CV
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Medical school diploma

Clinical

Clinical training provides a wide range of experience sin neonatal, infant, child, and adolescent infectious diseases in both inpatient and outpatient settings. 

From these experiences trainees are able to identify clinical dilemmas, often using clinical observations as the substrate for laboratory or patient-oriented research. One year of inpatient clinical training is provided, and weekly outpatient pediatric infectious diseases clinics extends through the 3 years of training. Outpatient training opportunities are available in Immunology, Ear-Nose-Throat, HIV, and International Adoption.

Most inpatient clinical time is spent at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Other clinical rotations take place at Children's Hospitals and Clinics-Minneapolis and at Hennepin County Medical Center. Children cared for at these facilities have a wide range of infections seen in both normal and immunocompromised hosts. During clinical rotations, the trainee will be supported in developing teaching conferences and lectures. These often focus on interesting cases or topics of interest to the clinical service. The trainee acts in a supervisory role for pediatric residents in the inpatient and outpatient settings, developing their preceptor skills.

Clinical microbiology experience is gained by daily rounds with Dr. Ferrieri in the hospital's Clinical Microbiology Laboratory while the fellow is on the inpatient service. In the Laboratory the trainee learns the specialized array of microbiology tests and laboratory features of clinical infectious diseases. A similar experience is available with Dr. Balfour in the Clinical Virology Laboratory.

Research

The trainee meets formally during the first months of training with Division faculty to discuss research goals and possible projects. Following these one-on-one discussions, the trainee will chose a mentor, and start development of a formal laboratory or patient-oriented research project. The outline for this project will be completed before the end of the first year, and then implemented during the second and third years. In some cases, implementation begins during the first year of training. By the end of the training period, the trainee will have presented the results of the research at a national meeting (such as SPR, ICAAC, or IDSA), prepared a manuscript for publication, under the supervision of their mentor, and prepared a research grant application for external funding.

Throughout the three years of training, fellows will receive informal and formal training in research methodology, research ethics, biostatistics, scientific publication preparation, and grant writing. It is expected that trainees will acquire the skills to submit strong applications for grant funding.